Sparrow Hill Road by Seanan MacGuire

Fantasy Book Club

Sparrow Hill Road Discussion Questions

  1. What do you think of the Prologue which is a description of the hitchhiking ghost?
  2. Had you heard the urban legend of the hitchhiking ghost before this book?
  3. What do you think of the mainly first person narration?
  4. Do you prefer linear narration or nonlinear like this book?
  5. Is 1973 the right place to start this book or should it start with Rose’s death?
  6. Is Rose’s meeting with Larry the trucker that she helps pass a good way to start the story?
  7. Our first meeting with Rose, she helps Larry pass and the second meeting she saves a little girl, do you feel like you are seeing different sides of the same character?
  8. Do you like Rose?
  9. What do you think of her friend Emma, the banshee?
  10. Does it feel like the author loves folklore and urban legends?
  11. Would Rose feel comfortable interacting with Dean and Sam and Supernatural?
  12. Do you believe in ghosts?
  13. Do you think they would be reliable narrators?
  14. Are the ghost stories in this book sad?
  15. Does it seem like there are a lot of different types of ghosts in this story?
  16. Should ghosts be able to kill the living like the strigoi who takes the diner hostage?
  17. Are Tommy and Laura a love story?
  18. Does it seem odd that she spent half her life hunting the ghost she blames for his death?
  19. Were you surprised that the cheerleaders were Valkyries and they blessed Rose’s hunt for Bobby Cross?
  20. Is Bobby Cross a good big bad?
  21. What do you think of Bethany, Rose’s great niece?
  22. What do you think of Rose’s interaction with the ghost hunters?
  23. Did Rose’s killing of the highway seem odd?
  24. How did Rose going to see Gary as he was dying make you feel?
  25. Were Gary’s thoughts a good addition to the book?
  26. Did you expect Gary to turn into a ghost car for Rose?
  27. Does this book have a happy ending?
  28. Did you like the book?

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