**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Sawkill Girls Author: Clare Legrand Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books Published: 27th June 2019 Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Publisher Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary:Beware 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.
When I first heard about this book, I was positive it would be one that I would definitely enjoy and fortunately, I was right. I am a lover of the creepy books. I love ghosts and spooky horror stories so this one just felt like it would work very well for me. Add in the asexual character (yes!) and a lesbian romance (yes again!), and this was an absolute must-read for me. And honestly, I devoured this book. It took me longer to finish than expected but this is more on me than on the merit of the book. I am just an infuriating reader personality with an inane ability to leave a story unfinished for a long time before picking it back up again. Regardless of this though, when I did finally dive back into the book, I was transported straight back and didn’t have any trouble picking up where I left of which is always a sign of a very good book.
On top of all of the pluses above, Clare Legrand has also done a very good job of creating an atmosphere in this book. She really creates a scenic environment that surrounds you as you read. Which, considering this is a high-paced, intense and creepy read – this is incredibly important. Add to that a fascinating storyline, characters that you instantly connect with and root for, and you might just see why this book is an absolutely stellar read. I adored Zoey, Marion and Val. Their stories were so unique and I was very intrigued with how they all intertwined together. I also cannot lie, I absolutely loved that ending! A brilliant read from this author and I will definitely be picking up more of her books soon!