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The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit. Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts. Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investiga The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit. Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts. Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in. That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find. But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.


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The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit. Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts. Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investiga The Conjuring meets Sadie when seventeen-year-old podcaster Dare takes an internship in a haunted house and finds herself in a life-or-death struggle against an evil spirit. Dare Chase doesn’t believe in ghosts. Privately, she’s a supernatural skeptic. But publicly, she’s keeping her doubts to herself—because she’s the voice of Attachments, her brand-new paranormal investigation podcast, and she needs her ghost-loving listeners to tune in. That’s what brings her to Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, teenager Atheleen Bell drowned in Arrington’s lake, and legend says her spirit haunts the estate. Dare’s more interested in the suspicious circumstances surrounding her death—circumstances that she believes point to a living culprit, not the supernatural. Still, she’s vowed to keep an open mind as she investigates, even if she’s pretty sure what she’ll find. But Arrington is full of surprises. Good ones like Quinn, the cute daughter of the house’s new owner. And baffling ones like the threatening messages left scrawled in paint on Quinn’s walls, the ghastly face that appears behind Dare’s own in the mirror, and the unnatural current that nearly drowns their friend Holly in the lake. As Dare is drawn deeper into the mysteries of Arrington, she’ll have to rethink the boundaries of what is possible. Because if something is lurking in the lake…it might not be willing to let her go.

30 review for The Girls Are Never Gone

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    There were some things I loved about this: like the fact that our main character is a bisexual, diabetic young girl who runs a spooky podcast. I LOVED how in the audiobook we could hear parts of her podcast with the creepy music, it was so cool. I really enjoyed the first 50%, but then I started losing interest and found the story to get kind of cheesy. I think the comparison to The Conjuring just had my expectations a little too high, but either way this book was a fun way to kick off October. There were some things I loved about this: like the fact that our main character is a bisexual, diabetic young girl who runs a spooky podcast. I LOVED how in the audiobook we could hear parts of her podcast with the creepy music, it was so cool. I really enjoyed the first 50%, but then I started losing interest and found the story to get kind of cheesy. I think the comparison to The Conjuring just had my expectations a little too high, but either way this book was a fun way to kick off October. 👻

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I saw “Sadie meets The Conjuring” and immediately started levitating. I am desperate for this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars Wow!!! Apparently i'm lucky AF because I just read an absolutely chilling, incredible, just the sort of fear I crave, gothic Haunted House based novel! Spirits, terror, chills, prose that boasts INCREDIBLE, haunting, hair raising imagery, twists & turns... this book HAS IT ALL! And IMMEDIATELY after reading another haunted house book that was ACTUALLY scary & chilling, too, which hasn't happened in YEARS! Totally counting my lucky stars rn! Especially because the cherry Star Rating: —> 4.5 Stars Wow!!! Apparently i'm lucky AF because I just read an absolutely chilling, incredible, just the sort of fear I crave, gothic Haunted House based novel! Spirits, terror, chills, prose that boasts INCREDIBLE, haunting, hair raising imagery, twists & turns... this book HAS IT ALL! And IMMEDIATELY after reading another haunted house book that was ACTUALLY scary & chilling, too, which hasn't happened in YEARS! Totally counting my lucky stars rn! Especially because the cherry on the damn top was a f/f relationship! Love love love the LGBTQIA+ rep, woo! Totally fantastic read! (I am feeling like I shouldn't sound so damn happy about being scared out of my wits, but I have literally loved anything scary since I could read, probably even before— Nightmare Before Christmas was my JAM as a toddler practically haha! Bless my mom & dad who were always totally cool with their teeny little girl diving into RL Stine books way younger than I probably should've, ah & Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark, which I think was my first ever terrifying read. I read them ALL SO young haha. I love fear & thrills from anything that that comes from something fictional or is, well, fake. I have CRAZY levels of anxiety, and it makes me feel more in control of my fear, if that makes sense? To CHOOSE to be afraid of something I choose, instead of real life things). ANYWAY 100% recommend!!! If you've been looking for a genuine haunted house scare, this book is most definitely for you! It's one i'm glad I didn't read at night though, so WATCH OUT & read if you dare!😉

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual rating: 4.5 stars rounded up The perfect ghost story heading into fall! Dare is our bisexual heroine with type 1 diabetes and a podcast about paranormal investigation. After a breakup, she's spending the summer as an intern rehabbing a supposedly haunted historical house where a girl drowned in the lake. Dare isn't sure ghosts are real and mostly debunks them, but she wants to be proven wrong. This might be the summer of meeting ghosts....and maybe a cute girl as well. This was a fantastica Actual rating: 4.5 stars rounded up The perfect ghost story heading into fall! Dare is our bisexual heroine with type 1 diabetes and a podcast about paranormal investigation. After a breakup, she's spending the summer as an intern rehabbing a supposedly haunted historical house where a girl drowned in the lake. Dare isn't sure ghosts are real and mostly debunks them, but she wants to be proven wrong. This might be the summer of meeting ghosts....and maybe a cute girl as well. This was a fantastically spooky story with complicated families, brave girls, malevolent spirits, and a very cute romance. I've not seen a lot of type 1 diabetes represented in stories and it's cool to see the author share what her own experience with that has been like through this character. It's woven into the narrative and we see the way it impacts her on a daily basis. This is definitely one to check out! I received an advance copy of this book for review via netgalley. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Althea

    4.5/5 Stars I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I’m a huge wimp when it comes to all things horror (much to my girlfriend’s dismay) – I absolutely hate gore and I’ve seen a grand total of two horror movies in my entire life, and I’m not joking when I say that one of them was the Daniel Radcliffe Woman in Black film… So, I’m always a bit wary going into horror novels, though admittedly I’ve enjoyed every single one I’ve read, but this book just felt like it was on a whole other level! The book follows D 4.5/5 Stars I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I’m a huge wimp when it comes to all things horror (much to my girlfriend’s dismay) – I absolutely hate gore and I’ve seen a grand total of two horror movies in my entire life, and I’m not joking when I say that one of them was the Daniel Radcliffe Woman in Black film… So, I’m always a bit wary going into horror novels, though admittedly I’ve enjoyed every single one I’ve read, but this book just felt like it was on a whole other level! The book follows Dare who runs her own supernatural true-crime based podcast which is severely lacking in followers after her split with her boyfriend and leaving their joint podcast. But one day, Dare receives a comment on one of her episodes from a viewer suggesting that she check out the tragic story of Atheleen Bell who drowned in the lake at Arrington Estate – a story that is well known among the small town’s residents, though no one really knows what happens. So, staunch paranormal unbeliever Dare takes on an internship at the Estate to help renovate it to it’s former glory, and alongside Quinn – the daughter of the woman who now owns the Estate – and Holly – another intern – the three of them set out to get to the heart of Atheleen’s tragic death, but the house has other ideas up its sleeve… Straight away when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to pick it up – not only did it sound right up my street with the whole podcast aspect, feeling a lot like Buzzfeed Unsolved, but I am also a huge sceptic when it comes to ghosts, much like Dare is. I love watching shows and reading books where houses are some sort of spooky entity where things go bump in the night because I love to try and figure out the logical reasons why – I would absolutely take those thousands of pounds to spend the night in a haunted house, I’d happily sleep the whole time! And she didn’t disappoint! I loved when Quinn (another supernatural true crime podcast lover) would voice her fears about what was going on in the house and Dare would, albeit very kindly, explain why it was really just something mundane. However, the whole time you’re reading the book you’re left with this heavy, lingering feeling that something is, in fact, not quite right. Speaking of Dare and Quinn, I loved how much of this book was actually character driven, and didn’t focus 100% on the plot with what actually happened to Atheleen Bell. There was some really great Type 1 Diabetes rep in the book in the form of Dare who has dealt with the condition for most of her life and has an adorably dopey service dog who accompanies her to the estate. Another aspect that sold me on this book was the fact that this is a sapphic horror novel and Dare is proudly bisexual while Quinn is a lesbian and I loved to see it, especially in a YA novel! Alongside Holly who really just wanted the internship to get out of her small town that she feels stuck in, every one of the main characters felt really realistic and had whole lives outside of them being at the estate, which made the book all that more enjoyable to read and really sucked me into their story. Their friendship was also so wonderful to see and it was really heartening to see that when they did make mistakes and upset each other, there was no hesitation over apologising – their pride took a backseat to their friendship and it was such a refreshing point that we don’t see a lot in YA and I was pleasantly surprised by it. I can’t go too much into the plot in this review as it is a very tense horror novel and I don’t, in any way, want to spoil it for you, but I would like to talk a bit about how fantastic Sarah Glenn Marsh’s worldbuilding and atmospheric writing is. I loved the whole small town where everyone knows each other’s secrets vibe that this book had, and something about that sort of setting just screams autumn read to me, so this is the perfect time to pick this book up. Paired with the heavy, looming, nightmarish feel that this book had, alongside some slightly gory scenes, this book really had me shaken, and I stupidly read the book late at night before going to bed and had to stop and watch silly videos for about half an hour after I put the book down before I felt comfortable enough to go to sleep! My only criticism of the book is the ending, but not in the way you might be thinking – we do get a really satisfying end to Atheleen’s mystery and everything surrounding the house, but I wish we’d gotten more closure in the way of Dare, Quinn and Holly’s lives – particularly Holly – because they played a huge role in my enjoyment of the book, and I just felt a little let down that it was wrapped up so simply. Overall, this was the perfect read for this time of year, and with Halloween on the horizon this is definitely a book that you must pick up if you’re in the mood for a book that is more than it seems and is also sure to chill you to the bones! Thanks to Netgalley, Razorbill and TBR and Beyond Tours for an eARC copy as part of the book tour - all opinions are my own! Want more sapphic books? You can find me here: Book Blog | Twitter | Instagram

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andy

    The MC has a service dog and I'd like you all to know that the dog does survive. Dare Chase doesn't believe in ghosts. But her secret as a skeptic is kept far from her paranormal podcast Attachments, which is her first podcast by herself since her breakup with her ex. Dare is determined to find more ghost lovers and that's why she's set off for a summer internship at Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, Atheleen Bell drowned in the lake and rumors say her spirit still haunts the estate. But Dare The MC has a service dog and I'd like you all to know that the dog does survive. Dare Chase doesn't believe in ghosts. But her secret as a skeptic is kept far from her paranormal podcast Attachments, which is her first podcast by herself since her breakup with her ex. Dare is determined to find more ghost lovers and that's why she's set off for a summer internship at Arrington Estate. Thirty years ago, Atheleen Bell drowned in the lake and rumors say her spirit still haunts the estate. But Dare thinks a living culprit could behind it. When Dare arrives she finds several surprises like Quinn, the owner's cute daughter and Holly, a friendly local whose agreed to help so she can apply to college. But things aren't all right at the Estate: threatening messages are appearing on the walls, Holly is almost drowned in the lake and something is lurking in the mirror behind Dare's own reflection. This was so fucking creepy. Like just as creepy as The Dead and the Dark and a little bit over that. The house had such a presence and it was not a welcoming one. The longer the girls are in the house the more it makes it clear it wants them to leave. Or Else. I loved the mix of horror, ghosts and murder mystery this book had going on. It was the perfect creepy atmosphere and it definitely helped that we had two sapphic MCs. In addition there's also chronically ill rep! Dare is a type 1 diabetic and brings her insulin pump, and service dog whose supposed to let her know her blood sugar gets dangerous-- which Waffles does his best. I was not expecting this but I loved seeing it! I want more books with disabled or chronically ill rep! Then there's the relationships between the three girls. I loved seeing them bond and getting closer through all the awful stuff that happened. I especially loved seeing Quinn and Dare develop their romantic relationship. They were just so damn cute together. The ending leaves us with hope but not all things are well so I am crossing my fingers for a sequel!! Rep: Bisexual chronically ill female MC (type 1 diabetes), sapphic Bourican/biracial love interest. CWs: Animal death (not on page, but skeletons are found), blood, chronic illness (type 1 diabetes), death, ghostly haunting, medical content, murder, stalking, toxic relationship, violence, vomit.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Astrid Scholte

    Loved this! Official review to come.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Angela Staudt

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Dare, the main character, has a popular podcast where she investigates places that may be haunted. She used to do this podcast with her ex, but now that she is flying solo she wants to show she can do this on her own. Dare winds up in a small town, with a very old creepy house where multiple girls have drowned in the lake next to it, or the girls just disappeared. Quinn the current resident of this house claims she is being ha Thank you to Penguin Teen for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Dare, the main character, has a popular podcast where she investigates places that may be haunted. She used to do this podcast with her ex, but now that she is flying solo she wants to show she can do this on her own. Dare winds up in a small town, with a very old creepy house where multiple girls have drowned in the lake next to it, or the girls just disappeared. Quinn the current resident of this house claims she is being haunted and something is wrong with the house. I enjoyed The Girls Are Never Gone, it had your classic horror and haunted house tropes. I liked the main character Dare and I really liked the Type 1 Diabetes representation. Throughout the book we actually learn about Dare and how she has diabetes and what that means, which I thought was interesting and it wasn’t over the top information. I loved learning the mystery about this haunted house and all of the history from it’s previous owners. A few parts did give me chills and had me a little spooked. I do wish it would have had more horror, I felt like the first half of the book was learning about the house and the town. The second half finally picked up pace and you really got to see read about some spooky parts, I just wish it would have been more fleshed out. The only other aspect I didn’t actually enjoy was the romance. It felt weird and awkward and I think it really took away from the tension of the book. Usually I’m okay with romance in any sort of genre, but I felt like this really took away from the haunted house horror vibes. All in all I did really enjoy this book and can’t wait to read more from this author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    It’s a slow build, both in terms of the haunting and the slowburn romance. We first really get to know the characters, with a few weird things happening in the background with the house, like a glowing light in the middle of the lake or a glimpse of something in the mirror. It’s atmospheric, and even before anything particularly scary happens, there’s a real sense of Arrington Estate as a character with its own personality and motives. I really enjoyed the podcast element — it reminded me of Inde It’s a slow build, both in terms of the haunting and the slowburn romance. We first really get to know the characters, with a few weird things happening in the background with the house, like a glowing light in the middle of the lake or a glimpse of something in the mirror. It’s atmospheric, and even before anything particularly scary happens, there’s a real sense of Arrington Estate as a character with its own personality and motives. I really enjoyed the podcast element — it reminded me of Indestructible Object by Mary McCoy (review), which is another queer YA with a bisexual main character who had a project with her ex-boyfriend and had to start over when they broke up! In both of these books, they nail the podcast excerpts: they really “sound” like podcasts–and ones I would listen to! The creepy atmosphere, on the other hand, reminded me of The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (review), which I also really enjoyed. I am very happy that sapphic YA horror is beginning to have enough titles to choose from! This is a perfect read for a breezy fall afternoon. Full review at the Lesbrary.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh is an atmospheric horror that is prefect for the fall season. Following a girl who takes an internship at a haunted house, this one contains spine-chilling images and a strong main character who is also diabetic. I especially enjoyed the eerie descriptions of the house, which leave the reader with the unsettling feeling that something sinister is going on. After breaking up with her boyfriend, who also happens to be the Full Review on The Candid Cover The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh is an atmospheric horror that is prefect for the fall season. Following a girl who takes an internship at a haunted house, this one contains spine-chilling images and a strong main character who is also diabetic. I especially enjoyed the eerie descriptions of the house, which leave the reader with the unsettling feeling that something sinister is going on. After breaking up with her boyfriend, who also happens to be the co-host of her supernatural YouTube series, Dare decides to go solo and continue her work on her own ghost-themed podcast. When a fan suggests she investigate the Arrington Estate, which rumours say is haunted by the spirit of a girl who drowned in the lake, Dare takes an internship at the house for the summer. Despite her podcast, Dare doesn’t believe in ghosts, even when she meets the house’s current (and cute) inhabitant, who is convinced the estate is genuinely haunted. However, as the summer goes on and Dare starts to have frightening experiences of her own, she is forced to call her supernatural skepticism into question as she works to uncover what really happened in the lake. ❀ CLEVER MAIN CHARACTER Dare is a clever main character, and I enjoyed her voice. She is very rational, and because she likes an explanation for everything, she doesn’t believe in the ghost that is said to roam the halls of the Arrington Estate. I found this to be an interesting dynamic with her supernatural-themed podcast, and I enjoyed the way she is forced to question what she believes as she begins to experience the unexplainable at the house. Dare also has diabetes, which plays a significant role in the book. Chronic illness is rarely represented in horrors and thrillers, and I appreciated how the author works in information about what it is like to be diabetic alongside the more harrowing elements of the plot. Additionally, Dare has the most adorable service dog. I’ve never seen a service dog in a book before, and I am so glad this one provides this representation. ❀ IMMERSIVE ATMOSPHERE One of my favourite parts about this book is its immersive atmosphere. Sarah Glenn Marsh has done a masterful job bringing the haunted house to life, and the Arrington Estate is so well-written that it feels like a character itself. The occurrences in the house that become gradually more threatening make the story perfectly suspenseful, and there are some truly terrifying images that make the spirit of the house jump off the page. I always love an immersive setting, and even though this is by no means a place I would want to visit, the writing sucked me in. ❀ A SUSPENSEFUL READ The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh is a suspenseful read that is sure to keep readers up at night. The concept of interning at a haunted house is so intriguing, and I enjoyed the main character and the way her diabetes is worked into the story. The house itself is also vividly described, making this a great read for those looking for an tense horror with great representation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    patri

    this drew me in at the start but then swiftly went downhill, i wound up DNFing at 35%. disappointed bc as someone with insulin issues i definitely appreciated the info given on Dare's diabetes diagnosis and its implications, and i'm devoted to Waffles the service dog ofc, but the inconsistencies in the story's drift and details and the silly insta-love just drained any desire to stick around. this drew me in at the start but then swiftly went downhill, i wound up DNFing at 35%. disappointed bc as someone with insulin issues i definitely appreciated the info given on Dare's diabetes diagnosis and its implications, and i'm devoted to Waffles the service dog ofc, but the inconsistencies in the story's drift and details and the silly insta-love just drained any desire to stick around.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh Pub date: September 7, 2021 4 stars Dare had a popular podcast, that is until she and her boyfriend broke up. Now she’s on her own and starting up Attachments – her own podcast where she’ll investigate haunted locations. When one of her followers (there’s not many) tips her off about a place that has a history of drowned girls and ghostly hauntings, she signs up to help renovate the run-down house. On arrival, it turns out that the tip came from the dau The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh Pub date: September 7, 2021 4 stars Dare had a popular podcast, that is until she and her boyfriend broke up. Now she’s on her own and starting up Attachments – her own podcast where she’ll investigate haunted locations. When one of her followers (there’s not many) tips her off about a place that has a history of drowned girls and ghostly hauntings, she signs up to help renovate the run-down house. On arrival, it turns out that the tip came from the daughter of the home’s owner who’s currently being haunted and well, there’s an attraction between Dare and Quinn and it’s a sweet romance. I digress! One of the things I loved most about this book aside from the LGBTQ+ rep which, seriously, done so well – Dare is someone that other teens can look up to – is Waffles, Dare’s service dog. Dare has Type 1 Diabetes and it’s a great representation that as an RN, I loved to see! Another favorite is when a place feels like an actual character and this house is a malevolent and present one! There is a huge creep factor and a lot of scares – just in time for spooky season and the secondary characters are just as compelling as the main. I love to see strong female relationships in any context and the relationships between the three girls gave me big feels. I loved the dark and eerie atmosphere, the pacing and the twisty ending that still has me thinking about it. I feel like there’s a potential for a sequel? Yes? I hope so because I want more of this world and its characters! My thanks to Penguin Teen for the DRC!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    I received a free copy of the book via Edelweiss and Razorbill, so thank you! If you're easily scared and want a creepy read for fall, this is probably the one for you. If horror runs through your veins like me, this will feel familiar. Dare wants to start her own podcast separate from the one she shared with her now ex-boyfriend and ends up in Arriginton Estate where its rumored hauntings are sure to be great for her fresh start. But what Dare does is try to debunk supposed hauntings and doesn't I received a free copy of the book via Edelweiss and Razorbill, so thank you! If you're easily scared and want a creepy read for fall, this is probably the one for you. If horror runs through your veins like me, this will feel familiar. Dare wants to start her own podcast separate from the one she shared with her now ex-boyfriend and ends up in Arriginton Estate where its rumored hauntings are sure to be great for her fresh start. But what Dare does is try to debunk supposed hauntings and doesn't believe that ghosts are actually real. She meets with Quinn, the estate owner's daughter, and Holly who are all there to help transform the estate into a museum. But instead of debunking the hauntings, the girls find themselves involved in something far more sinister than they ever imagined. Things I loved: The queer reps A chronically ill protagonist (she has Type 1 diabetes) the lovable dog a spooky and tense setting Things I didn't love: The familiar story of a vengeful ghost the flat romance the tropes the lack of connection to any of the characters I think people who are just getting into the genre will find this intriguing and scary. But for horror veterans like this old gal, the story hit differently. Those looking to get into the genre will enjoy this book. But horror fans will find that this one won't keep you up at night.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    4 stars. Sarah Glenn Marsh is one of those authors that I will read automatically without knowing anything at all of the premise. I've never been disappointed. In the vein of The Haunting of Bly Manor, a queer haunted house story. Dare begins a summer internship to help restore an old and dilapidated house next to a lake where a girl mysteriously drowned two decades before. Dare recently broke up with her boyfriend, with whom she had a YouTube channel about ghosts, and now she is striking out wit 4 stars. Sarah Glenn Marsh is one of those authors that I will read automatically without knowing anything at all of the premise. I've never been disappointed. In the vein of The Haunting of Bly Manor, a queer haunted house story. Dare begins a summer internship to help restore an old and dilapidated house next to a lake where a girl mysteriously drowned two decades before. Dare recently broke up with her boyfriend, with whom she had a YouTube channel about ghosts, and now she is striking out with her own ghost-themed podcast despite being more Scully than Mulder, and took this internship mostly to investigate the supposedly haunted house to try to jump start her podcast. She had been tipped about this house by a fan, who turns out to be the dorky but lovable daughter of the woman who purchased this house... and who believes she has experienced the house's haunting first hand. I loved the diabetic representation of the main character. I have a cousin who is also a type 1 diabetic and it was wonderful to read a "hero" with this same medical condition, having to incorporate everything that goes with this condition into real adventure and drama. It wasn't just an ailment that was mentioned once and forgotten like other authors might have done - every step of the way, Dare is having to be conscious of her blood sugar and the way she is feeling. Not to mention that this also was an excuse for her to have a medical alert dog named Waffles who gets to be in almost every scene and play a big part. I loved the development of Dare and Quinn's relationship. I especially appreciated Dare's confidence in realizing - hey I think this girl likes me too, rather than having a whole song and dance around what is obvious to the reader. I also really liked the fact that there didn't have to be a large discussion around Dare's sexuality. Like Sarah's main character in the Reign of the Fallen series, Dare is unapologetically bisexual and there needs to be no explanation about why Dare was dating a boy and is now interested in a girl. The ghost story itself felt very classic and unfolded all its mysteries slowly and deliberately. There was nothing terribly shocking, but still very satisfying and a wonderful Halloween read or perfect for anyone who wants a good creepy haunted house story. Thank you Razorbill and Edelweiss for the ARC! And thank you Sarah Glenn Marsh for writing books and characters (and animals) that always feel like home. I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'll read anything and everything you write.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Storiesandcoffee

    The Conjuring meets Sadie? Thank you Penguin Teen for the advanced review copy. The Conjuring meets Sadie? Thank you Penguin Teen for the advanced review copy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    "If I want to have a wild night while I’m here, it won’t be with a boy- it’ll be with a ouija board and a couple of dead Victorian girls whose idea of wild is putting a splash of liquor in their tea." The Conjuring meets Sadie in this ghostly tale that will have you constantly looking over your shoulder. Ghosts have always been a part of my life. I’ve been able to see them for as long as I can remember. My husband and I lived in a haunted house for many years and we were glad to finally put that "If I want to have a wild night while I’m here, it won’t be with a boy- it’ll be with a ouija board and a couple of dead Victorian girls whose idea of wild is putting a splash of liquor in their tea." The Conjuring meets Sadie in this ghostly tale that will have you constantly looking over your shoulder. Ghosts have always been a part of my life. I’ve been able to see them for as long as I can remember. My husband and I lived in a haunted house for many years and we were glad to finally put that house behind us. Those memories still haunt us to this day and it’ll be an experience we’ll never forget. Sarah wrote a story that involves a house that has been in her family for a very long time. It was even featured in an episode of Ghost Adventures. I suggest you check it out after reading this. You’ll get a better understanding of the eeriness a house can create. This story hit me like a ton of bricks. The ghostly happenings gave me goosebumps as it brought back memories of the house I used to live in. A lot of things that happened to Dare and Quinn have happened to my husband and I. Sarah got all of that scarily accurate in this story. It made this story that much more amazing and intriguing. The characters were very likable. They all had their own strong personalities that made them stand out. One didn’t outshine the other because they were all strong. The one character that I absolutely adored was Waffles. He was a good boy and I’m glad he made it out safely. I don’t think I would have forgiven Sarah if she harmed Waffles. The Girls Are Never Gone was a spooky read that will make you sleep with the lights on. It was a great story that will leave you wanting to read more about Dare and her ghostly podcast. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I’ll always recommend books by Sarah and this one is no different. I highly recommend this book for lovers of a good scare.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish

    This story is pretty scary, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing - and I was going to read the entire book to find out what on earth was in that locked room damnit. I liked that this blended the traditional horror tropes - spooky old house, a dark lake, noises in the walls - with the modern - a podcast, a sapphic relationship and independent girls, clearing out the house as a summer job. Dare's diabetes was written perfectly, I felt, and while I had no knowledge of it I'm fairly cert This story is pretty scary, with enough twists and turns to keep me guessing - and I was going to read the entire book to find out what on earth was in that locked room damnit. I liked that this blended the traditional horror tropes - spooky old house, a dark lake, noises in the walls - with the modern - a podcast, a sapphic relationship and independent girls, clearing out the house as a summer job. Dare's diabetes was written perfectly, I felt, and while I had no knowledge of it I'm fairly certain it's something the author knows about personally. This is a slower paced story, as Dare, Quinn and Holly clean the house and Dare comes to terms with the very real supernatural events happening around them, but this worked, because this story was as much about the girls bonding as it was about the girls in the past that had died. I did want more from the romance, Dare and Quinn clashed a lot as Quinn knew that the house was haunted and Dare just kept dismissing her. I have to admit that I found the ending disappointing. This story didn't need a pantomime villain reveal, my least favourite trope, and the events at the end of the story really left me with more questions than answers, especially about Holly. I was also disappointed by the outcome of Dare and Quinn's relationship, something that I hope we'll see more of in future books - surely this is the start of a series?

  18. 4 out of 5

    ella

    ★★★★☆ 4/5 this book was very enjoyable! extremely creepy, and dragged out the suspense in such a perfect way. the ending kind of had one of those “if it weren’t for you meddling kids!” vibes, but the rest of the book was so good i can forgive it. also the chronic illness rep was PHENOMENAL (arc provided by netgallery and Penguin Teen. all thoughts and opinions are my own)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of The Girls Are Never Gone in exchange for an honest review! Listen, listen — I love YA horror so much, but I will be the first to admit that they don’t always hit. They’re good, they’re fine, but I move on pretty quickly after closing the book. The Girls Are Never Gone, however, is one that I can guarantee will stick with me. It’s probably my biggest surprise of the year — not that I thought it’d be bad, but I just didn’t think that it’d Thank you to Penguin Teen for providing me with an e-ARC of The Girls Are Never Gone in exchange for an honest review! Listen, listen — I love YA horror so much, but I will be the first to admit that they don’t always hit. They’re good, they’re fine, but I move on pretty quickly after closing the book. The Girls Are Never Gone, however, is one that I can guarantee will stick with me. It’s probably my biggest surprise of the year — not that I thought it’d be bad, but I just didn’t think that it’d become an instafave. Let’s start with the horror elements, yeah? One of my favorite things is when a skeptic is forced to become a believer — in order for someone who’s so strong within their beliefs that ghosts are not real, something majorly terrifying would have to happen. & friends, that’s obviously what happens in The Girls Are Never Gone. There are a couple of horror scenes in this one that left me with chills & as someone who’s so desensitized when it comes to the horror genre, this is wild. The Girls Are Never Gone is perfect for fans of haunted houses & small towns with a secret trope. On the not-so-scary side of things, The Girls Are Never Gone is such a fantastic story about friendship. We have three girls who come together for this internship and bond over the strange occurrences happening at this house; it comes to a point where they're willing to sacrifice their own safety for the safety of the other girls & my heart. I was so here for this trio. Plus! Two of the girls are romantically involved, and yassss, we are here for it. We can't forget to discuss one of my favorite characters, Waffles. Waffles is a service dog & he plays just as much as a character as the humans in this story. Which, btws, he's a service dog for our main character, Dare, who has diabetes -- so not only is there LGBTQ+ rep in this book but also Type 1 diabetes rep -- which is something I don't think I've seen previously in a book. As can be expected, The Girls Are Never Gone has a lot of mystery & plot twists. A lot of things go over my head, so you can take this with a grain of salt — but I didn’t see any of the plot twists coming. And the ending left me with GOOSEFLESH. Loves it. I definitely recommend picking up The Girls Are Never Gone! & it’s out just in time for spooky season! For More Bookish Content: Blog | Twitter | Bookstagram | BookTok

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stéphanie Louis

    Let me just say before starting with the review that I hit the « request » button not only because of the cover but also because of the mention of a true crime podcast. I am a huge sucker for all things having to do with true crime and investigations. It’s only logical that I wanted to particpate in this blog tour. And girl, am I glad that I got a spot because this book is « Freaking-tastic »! This book is so spooky and scary that I seriously don’t want to be alone in an old and semi-abandoned ho Let me just say before starting with the review that I hit the « request » button not only because of the cover but also because of the mention of a true crime podcast. I am a huge sucker for all things having to do with true crime and investigations. It’s only logical that I wanted to particpate in this blog tour. And girl, am I glad that I got a spot because this book is « Freaking-tastic »! This book is so spooky and scary that I seriously don’t want to be alone in an old and semi-abandoned house anymore. I’ve got goosebumps after every scary scene and this is good. I rarely read Horror books and I wasn’t really sure what to expect with « The Girls are Never Gone ». It’s good that I didn’t have any expectations so ever because I loved this YA Horror novel and just couldn’t get enough of the story about Dare and her new friends. I don’t remember having picked something by Marsh up before, so let me say that I enjoyed her writing style. It worked perfectly well with the horror setting. The details were also amazingly well written. Sometimes I got the feeling that I was playing some major part in the story as well because I could imagine everything so easily. I need an adaptation of « The Girls are Never Gone » right now! (Please make this happen) Dare is also one of my favorite main characters ever. You simply cannot not love her. (Did this make sense right now? Probably not.) I also liked the fact that there was a diabetes type 1 representation in the story. It doesn’t happen often in books and the illness in general needs more representation so that people can become more aware of it. I always feel like diabetes is a taboo theme in our current society so this was refreshing to see how the main character lived with her diagnosis. Overall, if you enjoy a great mystery horror novel in the YA universe and you love a good scare then « The Girls are never gone » is going to be your next favorite read. I especially recommend this book during this time of year because autumn is right around the corner and Halloween is in a month and a half. So what are you waiting for? The goosebumps won’t be coming on their own!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Saima

    hmmmm not sure what to think. rtc.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Quick read , full of spooks, cute dog, twisty, a little heartbreaking

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    I absolutely loved this one. The characters, the setting, the writing style. It was all just so easy to become immersed in. Queer YA horror is definitely firmly in my wheelhouse.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Had me at The Conjuring meets Sadie 🙌🏻

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keeley

    1/5⭐ received an e-arc from Net Galley REVIEW I was really excited for this book based on the summary. I love stories about ghosts, houses that are haunted, and podcasts. Unfortunately, this book was not good. These characters were 18/19, and there were also two adults that we saw frequently. Despite the age of the characters the story and the writing felt so childish. I kept thinking these characters were 12 years old instead of their actual age. The characters and plot were not developed at all. 1/5⭐ received an e-arc from Net Galley REVIEW I was really excited for this book based on the summary. I love stories about ghosts, houses that are haunted, and podcasts. Unfortunately, this book was not good. These characters were 18/19, and there were also two adults that we saw frequently. Despite the age of the characters the story and the writing felt so childish. I kept thinking these characters were 12 years old instead of their actual age. The characters and plot were not developed at all. The story jumped from one thing to the next so quickly and sometimes I forgot who was even talking because everyone sounded the same. This was a story that I quickly forgot everything after I read because nothing was memorable. My biggest positive from this book is the Type 1 Diabetes representation. The main character is this book is diagnosed with diabetes and it is talked about throughout the entire story. We see what it is like when her blood sugar is too high or too low, and when her medical equipment fails. She also has a service dog. I have been wanting to read a book with Type 1 Diabetes representation and I think it was well done in this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: mentioned pet death, drowning, familial death (parent and sibling), kidnapping/abduction 3 Dare knows a thing or two about popular podcasts, but now's her chance to go it alone, and she's determined to make one even more popular than the show she cohosted with her ex. That's what leads her to a cold case, and old house, and Quinn, a beautiful girl who's certain she's being haunted. Secretly, Dare's a skeptic- it may be good for her podcast to talk up the "ha I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: mentioned pet death, drowning, familial death (parent and sibling), kidnapping/abduction 3 Dare knows a thing or two about popular podcasts, but now's her chance to go it alone, and she's determined to make one even more popular than the show she cohosted with her ex. That's what leads her to a cold case, and old house, and Quinn, a beautiful girl who's certain she's being haunted. Secretly, Dare's a skeptic- it may be good for her podcast to talk up the "haunting", but she's sure there's a logical explanation for everything Quinn's experienced. But when she starts experiencing them herself, it's hard to stay that confident. I will say, I think it's great that this book has diabetic representation. There's a good amount of education on Type 1 diabetes without it feeling as if the author is trying to make you an expert, or prove her expertise. It also comes up in the story just enough to feel organic and properly integrated, without it dropping out or being overdone. This is also a good horror primer. There are enough classic horror tropes in this, and some nice veins of mystery, that I think those who are just getting interested in the genre or someone who is only enjoys lighter horror-adjacent stories will really like this. It has a creep factor to it and the descriptions do justice to a lot of the "haunting" portions. However, for someone who is a little more well versed in horror, there isn't really anything new here, and there's a lack of depth that's unsatisfying. There doesn't seem to be any attempt to flesh out the circumstances or the character, or try to defy any of the more cliche tropes. There are places where expansion could have made it interesting, but instead it was left flat. I also felt the romance was strange. It's sudden, rushed, and actually very suspicious for no good reason. There's no build up, and it doesn't do anything for the plot but muddle it and lessen the tension. I don't think there needed to be a romance in this book, and the awkward way it was fit in made me enjoy reading this story less. I was also intrigued by the podcast element- which is sort of a trend at the moment, and one that can be done very well or not pan out at all- and I was disappointed by what wound up on page. There's just so little actual podcast, or even mention of making the podcast at all, that I kept forgetting that was even part of the plot. I understand it as a vehicle for the plot, but it was underutilized. This book has plays off of the classic horror plots in a way that I think other's will really enjoy, and is light enough on the actual scares or dark descriptions that many younger readers or those new to horror might find this a good gateway into the genre.

  27. 4 out of 5

    maria.

    I received this book from NetGalley as an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Not entirely sure why I thought finishing this when I'm home alone was a good idea :) Check out my blog post about this book! This was absolutely fantastic. I was excited to read this because it was advertised as a sapphic horror book and that’s definitely something I’m interested in! That being said, I’m a scaredy cat, and the only way I can consume horror is through literature because I can control when and just I received this book from NetGalley as an eARC in exchange for an honest review. Not entirely sure why I thought finishing this when I'm home alone was a good idea :) Check out my blog post about this book! This was absolutely fantastic. I was excited to read this because it was advertised as a sapphic horror book and that’s definitely something I’m interested in! That being said, I’m a scaredy cat, and the only way I can consume horror is through literature because I can control when and just how much to read. However, this had me reading at times when I would’ve never expected to pick up a horror book—namely, at night—because I just needed to know what came next. I was extremely hooked. Firstly, I need to talk about how exquisite the mystery of the novel was. Dare, our protagonist, is a paranormal investigator with a brand new podcast that she’s dedicating to this particular case of Atheleeen’s drowning. Seeing her uncover the mystery surrounding the Arrington Estate is equal parts terrifying and exhilarating. The narration was great in presenting us with the information in a way that was genuinely scary and unsettling—don’t be like me and read this at night. I personally don’t think I’ve ever been this pleased to be horrified. Dare’s diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes was another wonderful aspect of the story. I must admit that before reading this I had no idea what such a status implied and I really enjoyed learning about it. I thought that it was beautifully integrated not only on Dare as a character but also on the story as a whole. It is obvious that Sarah Glenn Marsh knows what she’s talking about from her own lived experience, and not only that, but she knows how to make this information comprehensible to an audience who might not have had any previous knowledge of this autoimmune disease. In the same vein, we need to talk about Dare’s adorable service dog, Waffles. I will be honest and admit that although I love animals in real life, I often don’t enjoy them in stories—I have no idea why that is, so I can’t explain it. However, I thought Waffles was a great addition to this cast of characters and I felt like he truly played a part in the plot, albeit a small one. He was not only a comedic element but also an important part of both Dare’s life and—to my understanding— of the ongoing investigation. Moreover, I truly enjoyed the friendship between Dare, Quinn, and Holly. It was really enjoyable to see these three strangers get to know each other and develop a very intense relationship caused by both the forced close proximity and their shared paranormal and horrifying experiences. Each of the girls had a very distinct personality, which in my opinion was what made them work so well when put together. Finally, to no one’s surprise, I really enjoyed the glimpse of sapphic romance. I loved how it wasn’t rushed at all and it seemed to flow in a very natural way. And I especially adored how their circumstances—the weird happenings in the house—affected them and their interactions with each other. All in all, this book had many great aspects, and all of them made the story feel so much more alive—from the horror at the core of it to the Type 1 diabetes diagnosis of the protagonist which played a vital role in her character as a whole. I have no doubt that this is a book I will be recommending for a long time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for the arc of this book! Content Warnings at end of review. This is a dark and twisty queer ghost story following Dare, a bi teenage paranormal podcaster as she investigates the mystery around Arrington Estate and Atheleen Bell's mysterious drowning 30 years prior. She gets to the house as an intern for Rose, who is restoring the estate to become a museum. and is joined by Rose's daughter, Quinn, and Holly, another intern. Dare expects to spend her summer Thank you to Penguin Teen and Netgalley for the arc of this book! Content Warnings at end of review. This is a dark and twisty queer ghost story following Dare, a bi teenage paranormal podcaster as she investigates the mystery around Arrington Estate and Atheleen Bell's mysterious drowning 30 years prior. She gets to the house as an intern for Rose, who is restoring the estate to become a museum. and is joined by Rose's daughter, Quinn, and Holly, another intern. Dare expects to spend her summer debunking the ghost myths surrounding the estate, and instead is forced to confront the dark mysteries of the house that started long before Atheleen Bell's death. I adored this book! It kept me up late because I could not put it down. It is so atmospheric and creepy and spine-tingling. The sapphic relationship is to die for (hah, no pun intended) and I love how off-kilter I felt while reading! It seemed like anyone could be a suspect and something creepy and sinister was around every page. The ending also absolutely blew me away. I won't spoil anything here, but it took a turn I did not expect but absolutely loved! I thought the character development was quite good and I will say this is hands down the best ghost story I've read! Pub date: September 7, 2021 Content Warnings Graphic: Chronic illness, Vomit, and Medical content Moderate: Animal death, Death, Child death, Death of parent, and Body horror Minor: Stalking, Murder, Blood, and Violence

  29. 4 out of 5

    The Wiccan

    I throughly enjoyed The Girls are Never Gone. I loved the representation that it has, with our main character having a disability being diabetes type one and also the lgbtqia representation, as it has a sapphic romance which is done beautifully in the book. I loved the character development that took place in the novel, as Dare, our main character grew from being close minded to being much more open minded especially in regards to the supernatural. But she also grew in other ways, such as being I throughly enjoyed The Girls are Never Gone. I loved the representation that it has, with our main character having a disability being diabetes type one and also the lgbtqia representation, as it has a sapphic romance which is done beautifully in the book. I loved the character development that took place in the novel, as Dare, our main character grew from being close minded to being much more open minded especially in regards to the supernatural. But she also grew in other ways, such as being more sure of herself, more trusting of others and being more brave after facing the horrors that she is faced with. I found the plot developed really well throughout the novel, it definitely kept me hooked and wanting to know more about the mysteries behind the girls disappearance. I loved the descriptive language used throughout it really added to the creepy atmosphere of the book. I do wish that there was a bit more consistency in regards to pacing in the novel as at the beginning I found it a bit slow and the end a bit fast but even with the pacing issues The Girls Are Never Gone is definitely worth reading, especially for the world development! I loved seeing our main characters: Dare, Quinn, and Holly discover the history of the place and the people who used to live there. The way that the history was told to us was really well done. The fact that at the end, there was still some mysteries left and I am still wanting more says a lot. Overall, I really hope that there is a sequel as I loved the characters and I want to see more of them, learning more about the mysteries that have not been solved and I just want to see Waffles again, that dog was my favourite character! A really good supernatural thriller which is definitely worth reading.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Permanently_Booked

    "There's nothing waiting in the dark, only the wolves of our imagination." Two words: The Conjuring... Yup I was sold and I didn't need more. I was ready. The full sentence goes 'The Conjuring meets Sadie,' but I haven't read Sadie yet so I can't compare. What I do know is that this was an excellent and atmospheric horror story that brought out all the late night skin crawlies. The characters were well crafted. I liked the connection between Dare, Quinn and Holly and especially liked that they did "There's nothing waiting in the dark, only the wolves of our imagination." Two words: The Conjuring... Yup I was sold and I didn't need more. I was ready. The full sentence goes 'The Conjuring meets Sadie,' but I haven't read Sadie yet so I can't compare. What I do know is that this was an excellent and atmospheric horror story that brought out all the late night skin crawlies. The characters were well crafted. I liked the connection between Dare, Quinn and Holly and especially liked that they didn't make the typical horror movie faux pas. Marsh adds the reality of living with Type 1 Diabetes through the MC, Dare. How well it fit into the storyline was masterful and eye opening. I think a lot of readers will appreciate this rare representation. There's a cute side romance blooming in the background that added to the story instead of taking away. The reveals were some of my favorite parts as the plot comes together and uncovers the mystery. I was a little dissapointed that one part is left open ended but that just leaves me hoping for a part 2 honestly. Some areas are a smidge longer than I would've liked but that's probably my eagerness to get to the juicy parts. This is definitely one of the best YA paranormal reads I've enjoyed this month. Then writing style is fluid and easy to follow, the pieces come together and the characters are absolutely memorable. I'd highly recommend this for spook season! Thank you Penguin Teen for the gifted arc and for introducing me to Marsh. I cannot wait to tackle more of her work! True rating 4.5/5. PS: Waffles is the freaking greatest. I even searched instagram to see if that was a real account.

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