Sawkill Girls


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.

“Strange, eerie, and unforgettable.” – ALA Booklist, starred review



five starred reviews

named one of YALSA’s 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults

selected for inclusion on the Rise 2020 Booklist

a Bram Stoker Award nominee

a Lambda Literary Award nominee

★ “Through this dank, atmospheric, and genuinely frightening narrative, Legrand weaves powerful threads about the dangerous journey of growing up female…an intensely character-driven story about girls who support each other, girls who betray each other, and girls who love each other in many complicated ways. Strange, eerie, and unforgettable.” – ALA Booklist, starred review

★ “…Add to this plot a sentient island, a centuries-old fraternal order, bone-deep feminism and coming-of-age story arcs to get Claire Legrand’s (Furyborn) remarkable Sawkill Girls. Legrand accomplishes the kind of slow-building tension and mounting horror that will give readers night terrors. Read this book, then lock it in the freezer.” – Shelf Awareness, starred review

★ “This is cinematically, gorgeously creepy and horrific, sliding between breathlessly suspenseful and disturbingly grotesque. …A wholly and frighteningly unique tale.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

★ “Legrand’s lush and pensive prose matches the murky, dangerous, and beautiful island setting…. Rich and earthy horror.” – School Library Journal, starred review

★ “…This tale, featuring an asexual character and a beautifully wrought queer romance, focuses on the power of female friendship and what it means to pit women against each other in fiction and in real life.” – Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Part spine-chilling horror story and part coming-of-age lesbian romance… If you are looking for something to scare you awake at night, this is the book for you.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Old-school horror meets fresh, female-forward fury. Claire Legrand masterfully paints this island world of terror with a blood-soaked brush.” – Elana K. Arnold, author of National Book Award finalist What Girls Are Made Of

“With prose as fierce and uncompromising as its three main characters, Sawkill Girls is a fresh and unflinching exploration of female friendship wrapped in a spine-tingling page-turner. Claire Legrand doesn’t hold back–and you won’t be able to put this book down.”
– Courtney Summers, New York Times-bestselling author of Sadie and All the Rage

“Reader, hang on for dear life. SAWKILL GIRLS is a wild, gorgeous, and rich coming-of-age story about complicity, female camaraderie, and power.” – Sarah Gailey, author of River of Teeth

“An eerie, atmospheric assertion of female strength.” – Mindy McGinnis, author of The Female of the Species