Authored by Claire Legrand
When I got the offer for this novel, this was the summary and information that sparked my interest and got me thinking this might be something that could be cool:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Furyborn comes a breathtaking and spine-tingling novel about three teenage girls who face off against an insidious monster that preys upon young women. Perfect for fans of Victoria Schwab and Stranger Things.
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: The newbie. 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.
So, when I received this novel, I put it on my reading list for review and anxiously awaited it.
Now I have tried to read it twice and I can’t get more than half way through it. It’s not that the story isn’t good. The story is actually pretty interesting and I must say, very unique to me. And I like the idea of the group of girls all having specific things, experiences, places in common. And I will admit there were definitely parts of this novel that made me shiver a little, parts that got me thinking about deeper issues and the paranormal and “the other side” and all that kind of fun stuff that we all love in horror and thrillers.
My problem with this novel is probably something that other will love. The structure. It goes back and forth between each girl and HER point of view, sometimes not returning to one particular girl for thirty, forty, fifty pages or so. This caused me to have to go back into previous “chapters” and try to refresh my mind as to where we were the last time Zoey was in the picture or the last time we dealt with Marion’s current issue, etc.
But, honestly, if it wasn’t for that, I could have gotten through the whole novel. It’s just that at 464 pages, I can’t keep going back and forth, it makes me feel like I’m studying for a college exam by reviewing the course textbook again like I did way back in the day.
So, truly, that is my only complaint. And to be honest, if the book were shorter it wouldn’t be a problem really because even in the beginning of the novel it wasn’t so bad. It was just as we got further in and more started to happen and you needed to remember more that it became more difficult. So, that’s the only thing that I can say took away from this novel.