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The Girl in the Green Silk Gown
Sparrow Hill Road Ghost #4
Seanan McGuire

Daw Books
July 17, 2018/ ISBN 978-0756413804

Reviewed by Jan Fields


Rose Marshall is the Sparrow Hill ghost, the girl in the green silk gown, a hitchhiking ghost who travels the roads of America. So many people have heard of Rose that she's practically a celebrity among ghosts, a status that has caused her more than a little trouble, mostly because one of her roles is to show spirits the way into the next life. As a result, some tales claim Rose actually causes the deaths, and no one likes a killer ghost. If that was the only problem Rose ever had to contend with, things would be pretty good. Unfortunately the man who killed her so many years ago, an immortal named, Bobby Cross has plans for Rose, and those plans turn her whole afterlife upside down. He gives her something many ghosts long for, but all Rose can do is focus on how to get back to the roads she knows and loves. I've been hooked on the stories of the Sparrow Hill Ghost since I first cracked the book on one, so I was delighted to read this novel. Rose is definitely not your ordinary ghost, especially with her deep loyalty to her friends and her moral compass, and The Girl in the Green Silk Gown lets us deepen Rose's story and the lore surrounding ghosts in this world. We read about hitchhikers, homecomers, homesteads, white ladies, and the very creepy ever-lasters. There's even a glossary at the back of the book to help you sort out all the types of ghosts. The story itself provides a nice mix of action, humor and touching moments. Rose even comes to save an old enemy in a very special way. From cover to cover, I loved every moment of the journey with this one. I'd expect nothing else from Seanan McGuire.

Reviewed 2018