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The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross.
Once and twice and thrice around,
Put your heart into the ground.
Four and five and six tears shed,
Give your love unto the dead.
Seven shadows on the wall,
Eight have come to watch your fall:
One’s for the gargoyle, one’s for the grave,
And the last is for the one you’ll never save.
For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows. She’s been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown.
The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won’t let him die, and he’s looking for the one who got away. When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there’s going to be hell to pay—possibly literally.
Rose has worked for decades to make a place for herself in the twilight. Can she defend it, when Bobby Cross comes to take her down? Can she find a way to navigate the worlds of the living and the dead, and make it home before her hitchhiker’s luck runs out?
There’s only one way to know for sure.
Nine will let you count the cost:
All you had and all you lost.
Ten is more than time can tell,
Cut the cord and ring the bell.
Count eleven, twelve, and then,
Thirteen takes you home again.
One’s for the shadow, one’s for the tree,
And the last is for the blessing of Persephone.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rose Marshall's death is interrupted by her nemesis, Bobby Cross and her journey back to the twilight involves gods, goddesses and turning an old enemy into a friend. GREAT!
I was a little hesitant to read this because Sparrow Hill Road hadn't wowed me. I love McGuire's books, but I have my favorites. This, however, gets put into the favorite categories. It's set in her InCryptid universe, which is my favorite series of hers. We don't see all the weird little animals that series has, but it covers a variety of witches and ghosts that get mostly alluded to in that series. If you're familiar with McGuire's song, "Pretty Little Dead Girl," this is the Rose Marshall of that song. It fleshes out the events of the song more but primarily expands Rose's adventures. Evil Bobby Cross does her a dirty and she winds up a living girl again, which she definitely does not want. She enlists the aid of an enemy and Apple, the Queen of the roadwitches, to help her regain her former ghostiness. It was a fun story and a delight to read because I genuinely wasn't sure which way McGuire was going to go with this. All too often, you can guess plot twists ahead of time, and that wasn't the case here.
A full novel with Rose was a fantastic treat. I look forward to her next adventure.
It was great for Rose to continue her story, as only Seanan McGuire can do. So absorbing, I read it in one day. Can't recommend it enough.
I don’t know where McGuire gets these wonderfully twisted plots from, but I hope they never run out of stock! It is a lovingly crafted adventure through an afterlife that, like the Addams house, is both creepy and alluring. The fact that this is the second book in the series should not dissuade any potential readers. McGuire deftly catches you up with the who and the why without either leaving you behind or beating you over the head. Stick out your thumb and hitch this ride immediately.
The Girl with the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire is the 2nd book in her Ghost Roads series. This is a fantasy novel revolving around the twilight, mythology, ghosts, the dead, and gods. Rose Marshall is our heroine, and Rose has been dead for 60 years. When she was 16, she set out to go to her prom and meet her boyfriend, Gary, only to be killed by Bobby Cross, who wanted her soul. Seems Bobby Cross made a deal to be immortal, and stay young, but he needs to steal lives of young girls to keep his car running with the souls he takes. The only one who got away was Rose, who though now dead, managed to escape Bobby, and live in the twilight as a hitchhiking ghost. Rose has become an urban legend, as the Girl in the Green Silk Gown (still in her prom dress), also known and the Phantom Prom Date. Rose is used to her life on the roads, walking across America, helping truckers and other travelers in danger or those passing on to the twilight. Bobby Cross is determined to find and get the one who got away, and despite Rose’s protection tattoo ( from a god) keeping her safe from Bobby, he finds a way to get to her. When Rose is pulled into a Halloween ritual, she miraculously is now alive, and Bobby is on his way. Rose is desperate to find a way to return to the only life she knows…return to the dead. We get to meet the friends that Rose has made all these years in the twilight, including powerful beings such as Queens of the roads, routes, lake, ghosts, etc to help her find her way to the gods to help return to where she belongs, before Bobby finds her. The Girl with the Green Silk Gown was written very well by Seanan McGuire, and was an interesting and at times exciting story. I did feel it had a lot of details that made some parts a bit slow, but the last third of the book was exciting. If you like fantasy, with ghost legends and mythology, then I suggest you read The Girl With the Green Silk Gown.
Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Holy cow, was that book a ride! I love Seanan McGuire (she's one of my favorite authors, if you hadn't noticed), and her Incryptid series is fantastic. I love that she's melded this ghost world into the Incryptid world, and chose to expand on Sparrow Hill Road's storylines. Sparrow Hill Road was originally a bunch of different short stories that got tied into a package deal, so while it is still really good, the overarching narrative was a little disjointed. This one, however, continues the story with aplomb. Fair warning: the events of Sparrow Hill Road are vital to understanding what's going on in Girl in the Green Silk Gown, so make sure you read that first. Rose Marshall is trying to move on with her afterlife following the misadventures of Sparrow Hill Road, but that danged Bobby Cross just won't leave her alone. He creates an intricate plan and acts on it, and Rose has to live out the dangers (literally) and try to find her way back to what she calls home. Because this one was planned as a full book, it was plotted and planned and developed. And boy, did Seanan do a great job! It took everything I loved about the first book - Rose, routewitches and phantom diners, interesting ghost and afterlife lore - and not only pulled all of that back into a new story, but expanded on it, kept it interesting, and kicked it up multiple notches. I won't say more because I'd gush over it like a fanboy and spoil something, but I hope you'll pick up this one and follow Rose's shenanigans as she takes on the last thing she'd ever expect to have to face after dying at 16 and being a ghost for so long -- life.