Kirkus Reviews QR Code
SAWKILL GIRLS by Claire Legrand


by Claire Legrand

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-269660-1
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins

For generations girls have gone missing on Sawkill Island, their bodies never found….

Sawkill is right out of a dream: beautiful, rich people on a beautiful island, full of beautiful horses. It’s seemingly perfect....Children tell stories of the Collector. Nothing more than a boogie man to scare each other around campfires, but to three young women, Marion, Zoey, and Val, he is very much real as they begin to understand their terrifying roles in what is really happening on their island. Val is the beautiful blonde, popular but with a dark secret. Marion is the new girl in town—dark-haired and plain, the white girl is recovering from the death of her father. Zoey, African-American and asexual, is the daughter of the police chief, with black curls highlighted with orange. She too is mourning a loss: Her best friend was the most recent girl to go missing, and Zoey has a theory about what happened. While the relationships (romantic and platonic) seem to develop a bit too quickly, readers will enjoy the fast-paced narrative and creepy feel of this book, part spine-chilling horror story and part coming-of-age lesbian romance. There is a feminist message in the way the girls refuse to be manipulated by those with ulterior motives, banding together to fight the monster.

If you are looking for something to scare you awake at night, this is the book for you.

(Horror. 14-adult)