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The Girl in the Green Silk Gown

(Ghost Roads #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,934 ratings  ·  296 reviews
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:
Paperback, 325 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Daw Books (first published July 3rd 2018)
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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 sti
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
Who the hell thought ghost spiders were necessary anyway.

Rose Marshall is far from sweet sixteen and never been kissed.  She has been sixteen for over 60 years now, so kissing is the least of it.   She is the phantom prom date, the girl in the green silk gown and depending on which ghost story you are listening to, she is either a protector or a harbinger of death.  A girl can be anything she wants to be it seems, eve
This second book in the psychopomp business of Road Magic is well worth sticking a thumb up for. Or two.

But beyond the wonderful ideas of putting on the miles to get more powerful or always having a place to stay in ghostly diners or being friends with a bunch of dead people and half-cognizant ocean gods, I have to say I kinda fell over backward for the wonderfully wicked twist on Orpheus and Euridice. :) Seriously.

Where else could we twist the events changing Rose's "life" into a quest to end
A big step up from Sparrow Hill Road, the first book which was basically a series of short stories. Not that that’s a bad thing, just not what I had been expecting. This is a true novel, with one intense story line. I was “supposed” to read other books before picking this one up, but I couldn’t resist its siren song. And I read it in two evenings, desperately wanting to know if ghostly Rose Marshall could get where she wanted to be.

This was the confrontation Rose had been dreading, pitting her w
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I knew last month when I picked up "Sparrow Hill Road" I would be continuing the series soon (plus I had an arc that was about to expire so I was on a timeline). However, despite that, this is a book that I couldn't wait to read. "The Girl in the Green Silk Gown" picks up where the first book in the series leaves off. Rose Marshall is still haunting the highways and trying to stay away from Bobby Cross, the man who initially killed her on that cold and dark night so long ago. This time around, B ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I haven't been doing my reviews of late...well for a while now. Sorry if you, you know care, LOL.

This has been here a while though I read it...well a while ago. I liked the first book of this "series" and found it a fascinating read. This one while still good was more of a standard ghost story type read.

I won't say too much as I think it's worth reading and I won't spill the beans for you. Let's just say that we pick with the characters we got to know before and doom seems to be creeping after o
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
It would have been 5 stars if I hadn't been so damned annoyed with Rose.. ...more
Hitchhiker ghost Rose Marshall, “the Phantom Prom Date,” has a decent-enough afterlife. She may be cold and hungry all the time, but she’s got a job to do, a community, and a boyfriend, even if he is part of a car and can only talk by flipping his radio dial to find songs with the right words. But she’s also got her murderer -- Bobby Cross -- still on her tail, still determined to make her dead-dead. And the lengths he’ll go to don’t only affect Rose.
I’ll confess that when I first saw this
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
andrea caro
God, Seanan McGuire is my favorite. There's a scene in this book that takes place on Halloween that was just. I want books and books about that. ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a nice follow-up to Sparrow Hill Road, following the (post-)life story of Rose Marshall, an American God-like character who's a road-witch and much more besides. Her story will be familiar to InCryptid readers. McGuire's writing is crisp and clever, as it always seems to be, and her characters ring true. Rather than casting out another cliché or platitude, I'll give you a beautiful line from page 318 to savor: "Someday it will vanish here as well, replaced by the skeleton of the store wh ...more
3.5 stars

Once I started reading, I realized I remember almost nothing about Sparrow Hill Road. It turned out that was okay. It still flowed well with only remembering the basics of Rose's history and the world building. Actually this flowed much better than the 1st book because it was written as a book rather than a collection of stories grouped together to make a novel.

I'm not sure what it is, but I have a hard time getting into this series. The pace is slow and the world building is repetitiv
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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I love Seanan Mcguire and the first volume came out a while ago and I did not think that we would have a sequel. Also, I was surprised and delighted to see this new novel while continuing the adventures of our dear Rose Marshall.

Always avoiding her former torturer, Rose will unfortunately face him again and the consequences will be disastrous. Become human again to better torment and kill her once and for all, Rose will have to find how to adapt in this
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Seanan McGuire is one of my newer favorite authors, and my TBR officially includes everything she’s ever published. It will take me a while but, hey, I’m nothing if not a dedicated reader. There are mild spoilers ahead for Sparrow Hill Road.

Rose Marshall, famous hitchhiking ghost of Sparrow Hill Road, the Phantom Prom Date, and the Girl in the Green Silk Gown is locked in an ongoing afterlife battle with h
I've become a huge fan of Seanan McGuire's books over the last couple of years and I was really excited when I found out we'd be getting to spend more time with Rose in The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Rose herself is such an interesting character but what I really love about her books is the way Seanan has woven so many different legends together to create the richly detailed world of the Ghost Roads and all the different types of ghosts that live there.

This book picks up Rose's story after the
Once again fabulous work from Seanan. I love how she creates a world with such complex, out-there, sometimes objectively rather ridiculous rules and yet it works so well and is totally believable.
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the series, Sparrow Hill, originally was told as a serial and followed a non-linear timeline and while interesting it was hard to sink your teeth into the story. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, follows a linear timeline and picks up where Rose's story left off and McGuire delivered an engaging story that held me firmly in its grasp.

Rose Marshall once again finds herself in the crosshairs of Bobby Cross. Bobby has schemed and laid out the perfect trap for Rose. Can she along wi
Eclectisism Incarnate
My first book of 2019! Woohoo!

Okay, mythology, ghost cars, and Persephone, oh my!

There isn't really much to say about this book. Rose encounters Bobby Cross, somehow stays one step ahead of him.....maybe, kinda, sorta.....and goes on the adventure from (ha-ha-ha) Hades.

I love Rose, I love that this explores more about her and Gary's relationship, and I love this whole thing. Yes I'm biased. So what?

Oh Rose, what mess are you going to wind up in next? I cannot wait to find out!
Meaghan - H&WR
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Rose Marshall lived. Rose Marshall died. And as of the time of this writing, Rose Marshall does not yet rest in peace."


TW: murder, suicide, some sexual content (no explicit scenes), panic attacks, abuse mention, bodily functions

It almost seems strange to be writing yet another positive review after a string of positive reviews, but here we are with another one! And a five star, too, which almost doesn't surprise me because this is Seanan McGuire! This is a Ghost Roads book! And I adored
Kathy Davie
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Second in the Ghost Roads urban fantasy series and revolving around Rose Marshall, the Phantom Prom Date from Buckley Township, Michigan.

My Take
I enjoyed the premise of the story, but McGuire really padded it out with all of Rose's whining. It certainly did ram her distress home for me, especially as she's using first person protagonist point-of-view. Whew.

It is an amazing world that McGuire has created with all its rules and role-playing characters, among the living and the dead. And it's not o
You know what I think? I think that Seanan McGuire's books would be a helluva lot better if she wrote fewer of them. Apparently she can't quite keep track of what she's written, so she always needs to make sure. How else would you explain the fact that she keeps explaining and repeating the same things in EVERY.SINGLE.CHAPTER.

This is something that becomes prevalent in her series rather than her standalone books. It always annoys me in her InCryptid series, and it almost knocked me out while su
Mortisha Cassavetes
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2019
This the second book in the Ghost Road series and I really enjoyed this story. I hope for a third book. The book follows Rose Marshall, the hitchhiker ghost that was killed over 60 years ago by the famous Bobby Cross, who made a deal with the crossroad ghosts for eternal youth. Rose is the only one that has got away and Bobby Cross will continue to hunt her down. Rose needs to find a way to stop him but at what cost. This is a wonderful story I can not recommend it enough. Awesome read during th ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect my favorite ghost story to meet up with (view spoiler), but I am alllll for it. I felt that a little too much time was spent (view spoiler) and not enough time (view spoiler), but it's such a minor quibble that I'm not going to deduct any stars.

Also, the chapter where Rose meets (view spoiler) wa
Olga Zelenova
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never really considered being alive to be an inconvenience. It’s definitely a thought I’m having now!

Galley courtesy of First to Read.
Yvonne Aburrow
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent ghost novel by Seanan McGuire, truly evocative of lost diners, mysterious endless roads, and the vast expanse of the twilight. I love her ever-growing mythology of Americana.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lisa Wolf
This has been quite the year for me and Seanan McGuire. I was a fan of her Wayward Children books already, but this year I obsessively consumed her October Daye and Incryptid series -- so of course I had to read the Ghost Road books too.

The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the sequel to the 2014 book Sparrow Hill Road. I first started Sparrow Hill Road about a year ago, and couldn't get into it. This year, in the midst of my Seanan McGuire frenzy, I decided to give it another try, and actually enj
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
In 1952, Rose Marshall set out for her prom and instead became an urban legend, known to most as the Girl in the Green Silk Gown or the Phantom Prom Date. 60 years later, she's still sweet 16 and hitchhiking her way across America, helping travelers get to their destination unharmed or holding their hand to guide them in to the twilight. Her boyfriend Gary is now dead and has become a car in order to spend his afterlife with Rose, so their relationship (as well as the rules of being dead) is obv ...more
J.A. Ironside
This has a slightly different feel to Sparrow Hill Road. The First book was a collection of shorter pieces of fiction that wove into a wider narrative; this book is written to purpose as a book and has a slightly more linear structure. It continues on from where Sparrow Hill Road left of, with Gary and Rose in the honeymoon phase of figuring out exactly how their life together is supposed to work now. But the course of true love ne'er did run smooth and with Bobby Cross still out there and smart ...more
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Hi! I'm Seanan McGuire, author of the Toby Daye series (Rosemary and Rue, A Local Habitation, An Artificial Night, Late Eclipses), as well as a lot of other things. I'm also Mira Grant (, author of Feed and Deadline.

Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and

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