Sawkill Girls | Spoiler-Free Review


By: Claire LeGrand

Standalone | 440 Pages | Pub. 2018

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Sawkill Girls at a Glance

  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
  • Heroine: They are all my heros
  • Dude: Not relevant
  • Steaminess: Enough to burn down those forests
  • Brutality: Eaten Alive

Pairs Well With:

Alcohol won’t help this


This is the book I never knew I needed, but I needed so badly. I was putting this off because I don’t do scary or horror well. And yes, I did have to read it primarily in daylight, but it was so incredibly worth it.

The story follows three girls, Marion, Zoey and Val. Marion and her family have just moved to Sawkill after the sudden and accidental death of her father. Val is queen bee of the island and Zoey is a snarky and unique feminist. Girls have been disappearing for hundreds of years so it’s time to get to the bottom of the Sawkill mystery!

I spent 75% trying to determine if the girls were all insane and in some asylum. Weird and creepy things happen on repeat, but ONLY TO THEM. I hate creepy things, but I kind of loved them because I had NO idea what was happening. LeGrand’s writing is gorgeous and fluid, lending weight to the words. At times I had to reread because I thought I was going crazy. What sorcery is that?!

Every time I finished a chapter I was mad at myself for reading an ebook. I have never wanted to slam a cover so many times in my life. My “what is happening???”s didn’t stop until the very end of the book. Halfway through I had to recruit @readbydev to read along with me because I HAD FEELINGS.

Apart from the creepy amazing parts, I loved all three girls.

Zoey is 100% feminist and sassy AF. She is asexual and working her way through how to live for herself and not just to make others happy. My heart broke for her and Grayson – who is freaking adorable and #boyfriendgoals forever.

“Zoey.” Grayson said gently, “can we maybe not with the creepy rhymes right now.”

Marion irritated my a few times because she was so passive about things. But she was grieving and in a new place. She survives trauma after trauma and comes out stronger in the end.

Val may have been my favorite, simply because she is broken inside, but shows absolutely no fear. I love morally gray characters and Val is a very dark shade of charcoal. I won’t spoil, but I am shipping her and her partner so hard even though I was shocked by it. That was some very unexpected steam!

I feel like us women need more books like this one. We need to remind ourselves how incredibly strong we are and i’m recommending this to everyone!

Have you read Sawkill Girls? Let us know what you thought in the comments!


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8 thoughts on “Sawkill Girls | Spoiler-Free Review

  1. I actually had very mixed feelings about this book. Like you mentioned, there was a lot going on and half the time I just wanted to understand where things were going. Val was definitely one of my favourite characters and I agree, Marion could definitely be annoying at times! Great review!

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  2. Ohhh I started this when it first came out and put it down because I wasnt in the mood for it – but I think you just inspired me to pick it back up!

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  3. I keep doubting about reading this, but I also keep seeing amazing things! So maybe I should just go and try!’
    Thanks for the review!


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