Friday, 3 November 2017

Badlands

Author: Melissa Lenhardt
Genre: Historical Fiction
Type: e-book
Source: NetGalley
Series: #3 in the Sawbones series
Publisher: Redhook
First Published: June 27, 2017
First Line: "The train lurched to a stop and let out a long sigh, exhausted from its trek across the featureless plains of Nebraska."

Book Description from GoodReadsLaura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past.

My Rating: 3 stars

My Review: The Sawbones trilogy will appeal to many different readers because it's a whole lot of genres rolled up into one adventure series. It's part gritty western, part romance and part mystery. 

Sawbones, the first book in the trilogy, remains my favourite with the books losing some of that special 'somethin' somethin' as they go on. Badlands still had that grit that I enjoyed but it didn't grab me as much as the previous books. The plot was definitely slower, we're stuck mainly in one small, podunk town in the western fringes and sadly, we miss out on the connection between Kindle and Laura. When you add in an abrupt ending (and an obvious bad guy) it just wasn't the ending I was expecting after the amazing start to the series.

Overall, this is a good series that has a strong female lead, a wonderfully varied and diverse cast of characters and I appreciate that Lenhardt doesn't hold back on the atrocities, violence and grit of the Wild West. While this wasn't as strong of an ending as I had hoped, I still recommend this series (my Mother is quite a fan of it too!). I strongly encourage readers to read these books in order, and not too far apart, because there's a lot that goes on and the author doesn't offer her readers many hints about previous plot lines.

Disclaimer: This ARC was generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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