The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire – advance review

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown (Ghost Roads #2)The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I got a review copy of Ghost Roads #1 (Sparrow Hill Road> earlier this year and when this came available through First to Read, I requested, and got, an advance review copy.

Ghost stories are far outside my wheelhouse, but the first had me intrigued with alien vernacular that I still have a hard time sorting, and rules of an unfamiliar universe that may or may not be easier to assume while reading. I found this to be a better story, and a better read – maybe I’m starting to understand? – and though I had a week’s worth of distractions taking me away from reading more than a few pages at a stretch, I was finally able to dedicate time to reading it.

Note: I almost never spoil fiction with synopses – I feel that is unfair to the author; let the reader unravel the story herself. What I will share is that rare is the book that is a true page-turner (epages…it is a modern world, now) for me. I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen next – remember, this is unfamiliar landscape – and Ms. McGuire gave her titular character depth, connection, threw wrenches, even caught me with a rarer “didn’t see exactly that coming, though expected something” twist. For those characteristics, I give a higher nod in my rating.

I was only a few months to hang for the sequel that others had to wait four years for. I hope that the next – and there has to be…unfinished business, and all – comes sooner. Regardless, I shall find it and read it as the outlier in my eclectic but still focused reading interests.

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