I’ll be honest—westerns are not really my favorite genre. I don’t hate them, but I don’t exactly go out of my way to read or watch them. But Vengeance Road was an absolute delight to read. It’s a fast-paced story of revenge, shoot-outs, and outlaws. Erin Bowman could definitely get me to love westerns!
Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When hers father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.
I loved Kate. She does what she must to avenge the murder of her father, disguising herself as a boy, tracking down the Rose gang, gaining stragglers, and discovering surprising twists along the way. She’s a badass, with a fiery personality.
I’m not sure what I expected when I read this, as I really don’t have much experience with westerns, but this one took me by surprise. And there were twists that I was not expecting! I also enjoyed the fact that the love story was secondary and not an integral part of the story (in my opinion).
I definitely recommend this book!
My rating: 4/5 stars
[Go check out Erin Bowman’s pinterest board for Vengeance Road! It is filled with gorgeous photos, and will give you visuals to go along with the story.]