Thursday 5 March 2020

SAWKILL GIRLS by Claire Legrand

Sawkill Girls
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I've had this lovely book on my Paperwhite for a while and have been itching to read it for ages. I just have this annoying habit of putting off getting stuck into my most-anticipated reads.

After a family tragedy, Marion moves to Sawkill with her mother and sister. Zoey's father is a cop but that doesn't mean the case of the missing Sawkill girls is any closer to being solved. Val's family has lived in Sawkill for a long time, and hides a deadly secret...

Everything about this book is creepy and weird. Actually, the further I got into the book, the stranger things got. The deeper I fell into the mystery of the freaky island housing a resident monster, the harder it was to put down.

I loved how the story is told in the POV of three very different characters. All three are personally affected by the missing girls. One lost a friend, another a sister and the third, herself. The way their separate lives fit together as the situation gets worse is enthralling and perfectly paced. Addictive, even.

Another thing I loved about this book is the beautiful and horrifying imagery of the island and its many secrets. Wherever the characters are, the vivid descriptions make the surroundings come alive. Not to mention the mystery at the heart of everything. I was hooked from the beginning because although we get enough clues and reveals early on, there's still so much to discover along the way.

It was so cool how things progressed from creepy to freaky to terrifying, and didn't shy away from the bloody and vile. The stakes were high every step of the way and there were some very cool twists and turns I wasn't expecting, plenty of violent scenes, great character growth, and a demented monster.

This is another awesome and gritty YA horror book that doesn't shy away from some real issues, dealt with diversity in a great way, and features some of my fave tropes.

Not to mention that I wasn't expecting the story to tip into the cosmic horror realm! Very cool. 😈

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