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|Length: 191 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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"Spectacularly creepy!" -Library of Steubenville
"Dark and twisted." -The Reading Closet
"A rather well-done haunting thriller." -Literary License Podcast
"Sarah is creepy and dark while maintaining an offbeat sense of humor and unexpected morality." - D.G. Driver, author of the award-winning YA fantasy novel Cry of the Sea--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- File Size : 553 KB
- Publication Date : December 7, 2016
- Print Length : 191 pages
- ASIN : B01NBIFRF4
- Publisher : Black Rose Writing; 1st Edition (December 7, 2016)
- Lending : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #810,964 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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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
I thought this book was really creepy. It is a YA book and the characters are all older teenagers which I think worked well for this plot as teenagers, particularly males, do not see risk and are likely to react to situations with a lot more bravado than an adult would in the same circumstances. The almost underhanded and devious way the ghost of Sarah, a murdered school girl, introduces herself to Cain, a jock with a kind heart, lets you know in a subtle way right up front that this is not a particularly friendly ghost and that there is more to her than initially meets the eye.
Cain has assumed the role of man of the house after the death of his father and is protective of his Mother and much younger sister. His compassion, youth and naivety does not stand him good stead in identifying the potential threat posed by Sarah although, as he finds out more about her death, he gradually realises that she is after retribution against her killers and is not looking for help to move on from her current status.
The author's descriptions of Sarah as she becomes more and more evil and travels further down the path of revenge are very vivid and disturbing. Sarah's evil thoughts and deeds are reflected in her ghostly face and form.
Fortunately for Cain, he has good friends on his side in the form of Finn, an intelligent and clear minded childhood friend, and Lindsey, a lovely young lady with an aunt who deals in the occult and is able to provide talismans and assistance in fighting Sarah as she becomes more deranged and angry. The clairvoyant aunt was a bit convenient but I did not detract from the story for me.
Top reviews from other countries
Seventeen-year-old horror fan Cain Shannon thought helping a ghost find her killers would be the supernatural adventure of a lifetime. Now, he just hopes to survive long enough to protect his family and friends from her.
A bet between friends goes horribly wrong, resulting in Sarah’s death. When she returns to seek justice against those responsible, Cain agrees to help her. But when he discovers Sarah has been hijacking his body, he realizes she wants retribution instead of justice.
Terrified of what could have happened when he wasn’t in control, Cain commands Sarah to leave his house - but exorcising her isn’t that easy. She retaliates against her murderers in bloody, horrific ways, each death making her stronger, then sets her sights on Cain. With the help of friends, Cain fights to save himself and his loved ones and searches for a way to stop Sarah before she kills again.
absolutely fantastic read with fantastic characters. hooked from page 1. I was reading this with all the lights on. so spooky. highly recommended. 5*. netgalley and black rose writing.