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Mostly a curiosity at first, Sarah becomes increasingly aggressive, intent on taking revenge on the three boys responsible for her death. Teri Polen does a great job of building up suspense with creaking doors, cold spots, eerie visitations, and bits and pieces of what happened to Sarah in the past—all hallmarks of a good old-fashioned ghost story. In addition to the creepiness (and there is plenty) the friendship between Cain and Finn is well developed and presented. Cain also has a wonderful black cat, Eby, who is a character in his own right.
Well executed and easy to read, Sarah will keep you turning pages well into the night. I know it kept me glued and up late. I will most definitely be reading this author again!
This book has some really creepy, icky, suspenseful, and scary things going on, but the scare-factor and gore feel appropriate for YA readers (as well as adults). The story grabbed my attention from the first page, and the tension and suspense escalate at a steady pace without much of a break right up to the climatic end. Even the last few paragraphs of the epilog are worthy of a few terrifying chills.
Though the horror aspects of the book were engaging, what impressed me the most was Polen’s outstanding characters. All of them felt well-rounded to me with fully developed personalities, but I was totally taken with the main character Cain and his friend Finn. They felt authentic to me in their thoughts, emotions, dialog, banter, friendship, and relationships with others. I’m in awe of the author’s ability to capture the essence of teenage boys with such expertise. I found the pair of them refreshing and likable, and therefore enjoyed the non-horror moments of the book as much as the horror, if not more so.
Another thing that impressed me was the believability of the characters’ choices. I often find that characters in horror (movies) make stupid choices because the plot would keel over and die if they acted sensibly. Polen was meticulous in building a backstory that supported Cain’s decisions, particularly his choice not to involve his mother and to stay in the house despite the presence of a murderous ghost. This careful attention to character and plot kept me enmeshed in the story from chapter one right through to the end.
An excellent book for both YA and adult readers of horror and suspense
Cain starts out as an affable teenage boy who too soon has become the man of the house because of the untimely death of his father. The addition of his best friend Finn creates a dynamic duo—the two clearly are as thick as biological brothers and their interactions are so enjoyable. Cain has typical teenage problems—love, academics, sports—until his life changes for the worse.
There is a ghost in his house.
The ghost, Sarah, has a dramatic character arc, something that infatuated me. Her change from beginning to end was something I couldn’t tear my attention from. Cain, Finn, and Lindsey are a trio that rivals Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The barbs they exchange are funny and believable, but these kids are loyal to each other to a fault. Watching those relationships solidify was a true pleasure.
I love a good ghost story, and SARAH is one of the best ones I’ve read in a while. I blew through it—it was such an easy and exciting read that I finished it in one afternoon. But I’m left fervently wishing for a sequel, because I don’t want to say goodbye to these characters.
If you like horror, you’ll love SARAH. It’s a must read.
Polen has written this in such a way as to expand the world beyond the characters. This is a sign I was truly invested in the story. That she did it without barrels of blood in this day and age is also a testament to the author's skill.
Pick up a copy of Sarah. You won't be disappointed.