Book Review: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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A gritty and nuanced tale of love and revenge in the wild west, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman will leave you swooning and thirsty for more.

vengeance roadWhen Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Bowman sucks readers in immediately with the easy going vernacular of a young woman raised in the old west, and the immediacy of the story’s plot already in action. There’s no waiting around for things to unfold — Bowman drops her readers right into the thick of the action, and it’s a nonstop ride until the very end.

And as if that stunning cover weren’t enough to draw you in, Bowman has crafted a top-notch book about the many ways people overcome their grief, layered with a story about vengeance and unexpected love. Family, too, plays an important role in the story, and in the characters’ motivations.

Vengeance Road is also thoroughly researched. Drawing inspiration from old legends, Bowman transport readers to 1877 Arizona — making them feel the desert heat, see the golden landscapes, and sense the dirt on their shoes. The writing creates reactions in all of your senses — not just emotions, but conjuring up tastes and smells and tactile feelings.

Vengeance Road is in stores now.


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