Hatchet Girls is a must-read creepy AF supernatural mystery

HATCHET GIRLS by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
HATCHET GIRLS by Diana Rodriguez Wallach /

Hatchet Girls by Diana Rodriguez Wallach is a supernatural thriller that you didn’t know you needed. It’s creepy, mysterious, scary, and will have you captivated. I actively had to stop reading because it was well past one in the morning.

The story revolves around brutal murders, Lizzie Borden, grief, and trauma. It follows two girls: Tessa and Mariella. Tessa and her family recently moved to Fall River, and while her brother Vik fits in, Tessa has made it her mission not to. She wants to stay in the shadows because of the mistakes she made in the past.

Mariella, on the other hand, is part of the richest family in town. She is Vik’s girlfriend and has a secret of her own. One that Vik doesn’t even know about.

Their lives all come to a head when Mariella’s parents turn up brutally murdered in their mansion and Vik is suspected of murder. But not only that. Mariella accuses him of murdering her parents as well.

Hatchet Girls combines complicated characters, Lizzy Borden, and supernatural

Tessa knows that something is up, and she is willing to do anything to set the record straight. But what she finds is something she never could have expected. Especially when someone she trusted turns out to be involved in the murders.

I cannot say enough good things about this book. It’s a dual POV and switches from the present with Tessa and the past with Mariella. I live for multiple points of view and different timelines, and this is done so freaking well.

The mystery is also expertly written. I had no idea where the twists and turns were heading and was slack-jawed when it was all revealed. That feeling never gets old. A good surprise in a mystery is priceless.

I also couldn’t have loved Tessa more. Even in her grief and depression, she fights for Vik’s innocence. She does the scary thing. She faces supernatural forces, liars and murderers, and an ex-boyfriend she might still have feelings for! It’s a lot and yet, she still keeps moving.

I also really liked Mariella’s character. She’s incredibly well-developed and has so many sides to her. You want to hate her right off the bat, but the more you learn about her, the more you find that it’s impossible to not at least understand her motives.

The two other aspects of the book that drew me in were nature and Lizzy Borden. It’s difficult to not be interested in Lizzy Borden, her life, and the murders that were a part of it. The book is set in the town where those murders happened, so they kind of loom over the story like a ghost.

As for nature, the way it’s used as a weapon is thrilling. At some points, it’s used as a poison, and at others, it seems to have a mind of its own.  The cursed forest is almost another character.

If you’re a fan of supernatural mysteries, horror thrillers, or complicated female characters, Hatchet Girls is the next book you need to add to your TBR.

Hatchet Girls by Diana Rodriguez Wallach is available now in hardcover, ebook, and audiobook formats.

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