Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand | Book Review

★★★★☆
July 5th – 6th

I knew nothing going into this book. I had seen the cover, and a bunch of people I follow had read the book and rated it well. I didn’t know what it was about, or what genre it was even. But it was next on the list, so I decided to give it a shot.

Sawkill Island is a small island off the Eastern Coast of the United States. For centuries, girls have gone missing there, each case tied to a mysterious family at the center of the island. Marion and her family have just moved there after her father’s accident. Zoey has lived there for years, suffering her own losses as her friend Thora became one of the missing girls. Val is responsible, the person at the center of everything, her family feeding a hungry power that feasts on the missing girls.

This book was weird, magical, and fantastic. I loved the representation brought to the surface, especially for Zoey, and her relationship with Grayson. I loved the mystery of the island and the intrigue of what was going on. The writing was fast-paced and kept me reading for hours. The descriptions of the island were beautiful, and I loved the imagery of the woods and the trees. There were a few times where the dialogue felt a bit clunky (especially with Zoey), but I find that I have that complaint with a lot of YA, so this wasn’t entirely surprising.

My biggest complaint was the fluctuating perspectives. I had a hard time determining the voices of each of the three girls, even though the book was written in third person. Within each girl’s chapter, there were also times where it would switch to show the thoughts or the feelings of a different girl, which I found hard to follow at times.

I also had a few gripes with the ending, mostly surrounding the resolution with Val’s mother, and how everyone was suddenly more willing to accept a supernatural situation into their lives without question. I suppose that’s a part of the suspension of disbelief though, considering how long these disappearances had been going on.

I’ll definitely consider picking up another Claire Legrand book. Her ideas are fascinating, and I can’t wait to see what else she writes.

-Siobhan

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