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Book Review: Sawkill Girls

Genre: Horror, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+, YA Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand was yet another book I was avoiding since I’ve seen so much hype about it, but when The Novel Neighbor recommended it to me, I finally decided to pick it up. Overall, this book was certainly unexpected and had a good balance of suspense and horror. Definitely a great book if you’re looking for something spooky this Fall!

The book is told from 3 alternating perspectives: Marion, who just moved to Sawkill Island with her mother and sister, Zoey, the outspoken daughter of Sawkill’s sheriff, and Val, the popular girl who seemingly gets everything she wants. Girls have gone missing in Sawkill for as long as anyone can remember, but it becomes personal when Zoey’s best friend goes missing, and shortly after Marion’s sister disappears too. The two team up, determined to figure out what’s going on, but they soon realize that the mystery they are trying to solve is much darker and deeper than they ever imagined.

The mystery aspect of the novel really kept my attention throughout the whole story. The author did a superb job of giving the reader enough information to keep them captivated, while still leaving a big reveal for the end of the novel. From the start of this book, it is clear that something mysterious and mystical is happening in Sawkill. That fantasy aspect also encouraged me to keep reading.

Overall, the characters were pretty likeable, but I felt like their dynamics with one another was what made the novel truly stand out. As a reader I could feel the tension between the characters, and the emotions they felt were portrayed in a genuine manner. It definitely made the characters more relatable. Despite the alternating POVs, I felt like each character was unique and distinct. While there were sometimes conflicts between the characters, I still felt empathetic towards whichever character’s perspective I was reading.

All in all, horror and suspense aren’t necessarily my favorite genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I highly recommend it to anyone who also appreciates aspects of fantasy within horror!

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