Revenge is worth its weight in gold.
When her 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.
Kate has one goal, avenge her father at all costs. This leads her across the country in search of the Rose Riders, a notoriously dangerous band of criminals. Along the way she meets an interesting cast of characters and comes to terms with what it means to seek revenge. Any novel that starts with a tragedy and follows with the protagonist murdering a man at point blank range is a novel I want to read. We are immediately plunged into the brutal western world; I was initially worried that I was going to read a flowery romance on the backdrop of the Wild West but my worries were unfounded. Kate does not shy away from a putting a bullet in a man’s skull if the situation demands it.There is a romance but it’s a slow burn and luckily does not interfere with the plot. Kate remains focused on her goals even as she learns to accept her feelings. The ending is a little sappy but overall wholly satisfying.
The writing style imitates that of the spoken dialect, which is more rough and less grammatically correct and takes a little bit of getting used to but I admire the author’s dedication to evoking the time period.
However, I remained mostly unimpressed with this novel. I still can’t pinpoint what specifically made this book dry and lacking intensity but I’m going to blame it on the fact that I was not drawn to any of the characters. I felt very removed from Kate’s story and as a consequence was not interested in finding out how it ended. Even when tragedies occurred or plot twists were revealed I flipped through the novel basically emotionless. Despite all this novel’s good points I have to admit that in a week I’ll probably forget I even read this novel.