Review | Sawkill Girls Is A Classic Monster Story With a Feminist Twist

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By: Claire Legrand

Overall Rating: ★★★★

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Zoey: the pariah. Val: the queen bee.

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.

Theme Song


Sawkill Girls is a refreshing take on the classic monster story. If you’re into books with darker vibes and don’t mind things that go bump in the night, check this one out! It’s full of diverse characters and hits on some bigger societal issues.

The Good

A Classic Monster Tale

This has all the elements of a great monster story – eerie children’s nursery rhymes, isolated islands, dark forests, and disappearing teens. If you love being scared, especially by things that go bump in the night, you’ll enjoy this.

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep. He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep…

Down With The Patriarchy

Legrand isn’t subtle with the digs at things like mansplaining and the patriarchy. She uses her villains, her heroines, and her writing to bring down the patriarchy just a little bit more. I hope young girls (and boys) who read this look at sexism just a bit differently afterward.



Girl Power To The Max

love that all the heroines in this story walk to their own tunes. They are strong, independent and learn to work through their differences against a common enemy. It’s refreshing to see girls banding together instead of ripping each other down because of insecurities.


The Bad

The World Building

This is more due to my personal preferences as a reader. I need to know all about every person, place, thing, or idea that’s mentioned in story (which is why I tend to read longer series). Soooo, I would have loved a deeper looking into the cult, the monster, and the island. If you don’t mind a quick story with minimal details, then forget I even mentioned this!

The Ugly Truth

I loved Sawkill Girls! I gave it 4-stars because I prefer my fantasy stories to be longer and more in-depth, but I loved everything else about it. Pick this one up when you’re in the need for a feminist rage fest or quick monster tale.

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Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it?