Girl Waits With Gun: Book Review
Verdict: I wanted to like this book more than I did.
Girl Waits With Gun is supposed to be about the first female sheriff; however, it tells the story of her life leading up to that event, so I felt that the publisher’s synopsis was misleading. I probably wouldn’t have picked up the novel if I had known the true plot.
The novel about a family of first generation Americans who live in a rural area outside of New York City and find themselves, specifically the two older sisters and the much younger sister, alone and without male protection, which was odd for their time period. The women had the misfortune of having their horse and buggy hit by a mobster/generally bad guy’s car. The main character then sets out to seek payment for repairs, but instead incurs his wrath. The novel follows that storyline, among others.
While I didn’t hate the book, it wasn’t one that I just had to pick up or couldn’t put down. I dutifully read 30 minutes every day until I finished the novel, so it took me almost 2 weeks, which I thought was sad because I anticipated devouring the novel. Contrast that with the next novel that I picked up, which was similar in length and style, but I finished that in 3 days.
In hindsight, I can’t put my finger on anything particularly wrong with the novel, other than maybe I just didn’t like the characters. They were supposed to be quirky, but they felt forced and just weird. I didn’t feel any particular empathy for them. I wished that there was a romantic component to the novel because that would have probably kept me reading, but the repetitiveness of the plot was tedious. There are only so many times that I can read about the main characters not listening to the sheriff. It might be true to history, but it doesn’t make it interesting.
My honest assessment of the book is don’t bother reading it. If yo don’t u do want to read it, I wouldn’t push it up high on your reading list or pay for it. The library would be the way to go. I honestly couldn’t stand to read it, so I ended up using an audible credit to listen to it, even though I am reviewing it for Netgalley. It was a waste of a credit, but I wasn’t going to be able to force myself through it, otherwise.
So, history buffs may find it extremely interesting since it was a good look at life at the time, but for someone who is looking for a compelling fictional story, this isn’t it.
Thank you to Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.
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