Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – Sarah by Teri Polen


Today’s featured book is the debut novel, Sarah by Teri Polen released on December 1st. A YA/Thriller it a teenager into contact with a ghost  with an agenda.

41jwrqyo45l-_uy250_About Sarah.

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.

A selection of the early reviews for Sarah

I’m not usually tempted by young adult novels, but once I saw the cover and title of the book… I had to read this one. It’s definitely written in a young adult manner, but I think horror fans in general will still enjoy it. It’s a good old fashioned ghost story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I burned right though it in one sitting.

I loved the dynamic between the main character and his friends. They rag on each other the way good friends always seem to do. It really helps you become immersed in the story, because you can clearly imagine them in your head. The way Sarah is described gets pretty chilling, as well.

Cain is a fairly normal seventeen year old kid. He rules the soccer field, loves horror movies, and cares deeply about his mother and little sister. His dad has passed, and he helps his mother and cares for little sister without complaint. His only problem in the beginning of the book is his girlfriend. Vapid and controlling, he wants to break up with her but doesn’t want to hurt her feelings. That little problem soon pales in comparison when strange things start happening at his house. The attic door in his bedroom is opening by itself. His cat is jumpy. The temperature keeps fluctuating. It’s up to Cain and best friend Finn to figure out what’s going on… and soon Lindsey, who seems to make a much better girlfriend for Cain than the previous. Sarah is the ghost in the attic, and she’s not going to stay there.

There was so much I liked about this book. The realistic ribbing between friends. The dark humor combined with the strong undercurrent that you need to do what is right. Eby. (This is the black cat I immediately had a soft spot for, as I’m owned by a “fluffy” black rescue myself.) Oh, and that ending!

I was permitted to read an ARC of this book from Net Galley and Black Rose Writing, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.

There is Cain, soccer player and quite normal teenage boy, Finn, his loyal friend and Erin, the shallow cheerleader girlfriend. Life is good for Cain, the only thing he wants to get rid of is Erin, but he can’t find the courage to break up with her.

After Cain and his family moved to a new house, after his father died, his quiet life is going to change dramatically. Cain finds out that there is the ghost of a murdered teenage girl living in the attic. This could be interesting and exciting if the ghost wasn’t so malicious and vindictive. Sarah, the murdered girl, wants revenge on the three boys responsible for her death, And she will get them, whatever it takes.

I loved this story, it was all I want in a book and I couldn’t put it down. It was creepy, but my heart broke for Sarah and what those boys did to her. They needed to be punished. Maybe not the way she had in mind and she went too far, when she wanted to kill both Cain and Finn. I barely had time to breath, things just happened without giving me a break and my heart stopped when Sarah had Cain alone in the house and there was no way to stop her. What? No happy ending? Yeah, well, this is no love story, I know that, still… Then it seems that everything is going to be alright. Help is on the way and the evil is banished.

Again….hopefully. I sigh in relieve. Epilogue…this used to be the happy ending part in books, right? BAM! What did I think?! In horror books there are no happy endings.

All I can say: Read it! It’s worth it, you’ll not gonna be disappointed.

Read all the reviews and buy the book:


About Teri Polen

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.

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Christmas Tree courtesy of author John W. Howell.

John Howell, Amazon:

Thank you for spending some time over here today and as always your feedback is very welcome.. It would also be great if you could spread the word of Teri’s new book far and wide.  Thanks Sally

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at

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    Today I’m featured on Smorgasbord Christmas Reading on Sally Cronin’s blog. She’s a huge supporter of and wonderful resource for indie authors – make sure to drop by!

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