Review: The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang

Author: Ruth Emmie Lang
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Released: November 15, 2022
Received: Own (BOTM)

3 kitties

Book Summary:

All Nora Wilder wanted to do was fly away. And then, one day, she disappeared. Her elder daughter, Zadie, always felt like she should have seen this coming. Literally – that’s her gift, to see glimpses into the future.

Zadie’s little sister has a different gift – to catch echoes of memories. This gift is about to drag both sisters on an adventure. If they’re lucky, they can chase the trail of their mother’s memories and finally find out what happened to her.

My Review:

Okay, so I absolutely fell in love with Ruth Emmie Lang’s writing in Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance, so I was expecting to love The Wilderwomen with all of my heart. Sadly, that didn’t happen – though it wasn’t a bad read, so at least there’s that.

To be clear: the core of this book has SO much potential. I just struggled to connect with it. That honestly may have been on me, as I’ve been going through some stuff at the moment. It’s hard to tell sometimes, you know? So I want to clarify any potential issues or biases.

The smaller magic of this world is fascinating, and I would love to see Ruth Emmie Lang continue to explore this concept further. Maybe not following the same family, but I digress. She does such a good job of taking something so relatively simple and stretching it to new proportions.


  • Magic
  • Paranormal
  • Magical Thriller

Trigger Warnings:

  • Disappearance

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About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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