Throwback Thursday: Sarah by Teri Polen

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee @ It’s Book Talk. This meme is an awesome way to share old favorites that were published over a year ago or even books that you’re finally reading after much time has passed. I have plenty of those to share! If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board. Please link back to her by using the link above.

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Summary from Goodreads:

Sarah was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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.

My thoughts on this book:

I just finished this one this morning! I’ve had it on my TBR and finally ordered a copy online after reading an awesome review @ boothtalksbooks. I have no idea what I was waiting for. This isn’t normally a genre I pick up, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Cain is your average teen going through high school, although he’s had to deal with the loss of his father and now lives with his younger sister and mother in a new house. Finn, his best friend, helps him around the house and they’re like brothers. Cain is in a relationship with a snob named Erin, but really wants to be with Lindsey. Life in his new home seems to be quite normal, until he starts to have suspicions about the attic in his house.

My heart was pounding and deep within my gut I knew what I’d just experienced wasn’t a dream. Still looking around the room for Eby, my gaze fell on the attic door. The chair that had been wedged beneath the knob was now turned over on its side, the door wide open, revealing the heavy, threatening darkness behind it. 

He learns that a girl was likely murdered at his home. All of a sudden, a ghost shows up in Cain’s room and he begins to question why she’s there and what she wants. He learns that the ghost is Sarah, a girl who was previously murdered at his house. Cain feels sympathy for her, and who wouldn’t? She was wrongfully murdered and wants revenge. He learns the truth about Sarah’s death, the gory details, who’s responsible, and he wants to help. The only problem is that he wants to do what’s right, and that’s something Sarah might not agree with.

Where I am, there is no right or wrong, but knowing they suffered will at least give me some degree of peace. Don’t look for any redeeming qualities in me, Cain. There aren’t any left. 

A few things I loved about the book were Cain’s relationship with his younger sister Maddie along with all the Harry Potter references. Maddie reminds me so much of my younger daughter and the whole family story felt real to me. I fell in love with Eby, Cain’s cat. I pretty much loved everything about this book! It gripped me and I had to find out how things would pan out for everyone. It makes you question your own morals because naturally you want revenge on the people responsible for Sarah’s death, but things get a little crazy. It’s funny, creepy, and even terrifying at times. I didn’t find the story predicable at all and it kept me interested until the end with the added twists. The only minor issue I had was not feeling the romance between Lindsey and Cain. Other than that, this is a book I could’ve easily finished in one sitting. It’s written well and easy to follow.

YA and horror fans will enjoy this book. Truly, I’d recommend it to anyone. Teri Polen has definitely inspired me to read more of this genre and I’ll be checking out her other books as well.


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing; First Printing edition (December 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612967914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612967912

About the Author:

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. Sarah is her debut novel and was named a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Her second book, The Gemini Connection, a YA sci-fi/fantasy, is scheduled for release May 31, 2018.


Find Teri Polen @:

Goodreads | Amazon | Website

Check out these blogs for other Throwback Thursdays!

Jill at Jill’s Book Cafe

Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews

Amanda at Literary Weaponry

Susan at Susan Loves Books

Nickimags at The Secret Library Book Blog

Cathy at What Cathy Read Next

Lynne at Fictionophile

Annie at The Misstery

Cathy at Between the Lines

Amy at Novel Gossip

Diana at A Haven for Booklovers

Laurie at Cozy Nook Books

Ann Marie at LItWitWineDine

Laura at Snazzy Books

Nina at The Cozy Pages

Virginia at Rose Point Publishing

Thanks for checking out today’s Throwback Thursday. Do you have some throwbacks to share? Please feel free to comment below with thoughts or suggestions. 😁

22 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: Sarah by Teri Polen

  1. What a wonderful surprise, Mischenko – you made my day! Thrilled to hear you enjoyed Sarah – and Eby, who was based on my cat who inspired the story. Maybe I missed this one the first time around?

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    1. I actually just finished it this morning. I figured I’d go ahead and share it for throwback due to the publishing date. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I was amazed with that fact you shared in the back about the black cat adoption rate. I honestly didn’t know that about black cats. I personally think they are the coolest cats of all. I imagine Shadow was very beautiful and loving. ❤

      I'm glad you liked my review. Can't wait to read your other books! Thanks, Teri. ❤

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