Book Review – Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

sawkill girlsBeware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

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My rating: Cyan-Full starCyan-Full starCyan-Full starNo-StarNo-Star

This was not what I was expecting!

I really enjoyed the creepy factor and the concept of the evil. I also quite like the relationships between the three main characters. And the lgbt+ rep was lovely.

However I struggled with a few things – the way death seemed very sudden and not dealt with, the men throughout the book – especially at the end, and the way that it ended up being more about “girls must beat down men’s idea of right” than it was about defeating the evil.

The super overt sexism at the end really threw me. It took away from the creepy, the magic (and moths, which were cool) and what the girls were trying to do and sort of twisted the book to be about that instead.

So yeah, good points but struggled to love it overall.

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Buy Sawkill Girls from Amazon UK.

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