Saturday, October 13

Sawkill Girls; The Gorgeously Creepy Halloween Must Read

38139409Beware 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.

So this may be one of those reviews where I just scream incoherently for a few paragraphs. Please bear with me. I've loved Claire Legrand's writing ever since I first read Winterspell so I already had high hopes for Sawkill Girls but oh boy was it better than I ever anticipated. 

I've spoken recently about books for those who like scares and those who don't but I truly feel Sawkill Girls falls outside of that into a whole other category that could maybe just be read by everybody. It's wonderfully creepy and I genuinely had dreams about certain parts of the books (not even proper nightmares just my brain desperately trying to process what had happened). But at the same time, if you don't like scares you'll still find plenty of character and mystery in the rest of the book that will distract you from the more creepy moments.

That said, the darkness and the creepiness were what I loved immediately about this. From the very beginning, I was on the edge of my seat. When I was reading I was completely lost to the world and when I wasn't reading I was... well still lost to the world. I lost so many hours thinking about this book. Thinking up ways in which all the characters could somehow be OK and happy forever (hey it could happen), or trying to figure out what the actual heck was going on with the Big Bad. But then maybe lost is the wrong word. Sawkill Girls is a proper experience of a book. You don't read it you live and breathe it. 

I want to talk endlessly about my favourite characters and how well the multiple perspectives work but I'm struggling to do so without accidentally spoiling something. Because the characters are so intricately tied into the story that I could tell you one simple thing about them and it might somehow be a spoiler and I don't want that. I want to convince you that these are the sort of characters you fall in love with. Dark and real and morally grey in all the best ways. But I want you to experience them yourselves the first time you read the book (which you definitely should). 

Ultimately calling this a book everybody should read would do it an injustice. It's dark and creepy and evocative and if you want something light then this wont be it. But I really do think that no matter your favourite genre - if you're looking for a Halloween read this year then this is it guys. 

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Creepiness: 5/5


  1. I've been curious about this book, but I was iffy about the cover and nothing until now had reassured me that this wasn't just a 'Breakfast Club meets Random Horror Movie' type of thing. But your review! Now I'm excited to read it, because it sounds like my jam (even if it isn't in the end, it does seem like a book that deserves to be given a chance, you know?). Thanks!

  2. As a perpetual scaredy-cat, I normally struggle with finding Halloween reads. I want to get into the spooky mood without having nightmares for the rest of my life. I can do dark, but I can't do horrifying.

    But, I am glad to hear that Sawkill Girls can appeal to both wimps and horror fans. I can't seem to find many books (or movies) in between terrifying and spooky, so I am definitely going to have to check it out! Mysteries are generally my favorite way to get into the Halloween spirit, and this sounds like a mystery with an extra creepy kick!

    Thanks for the great review!

    Tessa @ Crazy for YA

    1. There were some moments which definitely creeped me out but I wouldn't say I was ever actually scared? So it definitely falls in that elusive in between! Hope you enjoy it!

  3. The setting sounds great--and that cover is incredible!

    1. It was genuinely suck a unique setting- basically a character in its own right!

  4. Wow - a five star rating? I couldn't get into Winterspell but really loved Furyborn so I'm curious about this. I do love a good creepy book that invades your thoughts! Thanks for the review!

    1. I loved Winterspell when I read it but I definitely feel like her writing has improved so much with each new book!

  5. I can't wait to read this book! It sounds great and I really think the cover grabs readers. It's on the list and moving up.

    1. I'm so excited by how many people plan to read this because you all have such amazing things in store for you! Enjoy!

  6. So happy to see this review!! I am pumped to read this book, but haven't seen much about it. I love creepy & multi perspectives, so now I'm even more excited than I was :) Glad you enjoyed it so much-- you've convinced me to read this next!!

  7. Oh yes, I absolutely can't wait to read this book! I am so excited to read it!! I love a bit of creepiness and spook, and the cover is too beautiful. It sounds like the multiple perspective choice worked so well for the book, and that the characters were also done well *makes grabby hands*


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