Review: Lone Women by Victor LaValle

Author: Victor LaValle
Publisher: One World
Released: March 28, 2023
Received: Own (BOTM)

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Book Summary:

Adelaide Henry has come a long way to find a safe haven – someplace where she can run from her guilt, her past, and her burden. Only, those aren’t as easy to lose as one might imagine, especially in Adelaide’s case.

The good news is that in 1914, there was certainly no shortage of places to run to. Adelaide manages to grab a nice little spot in Montana, becoming one of the “lone women” taking advantage of the free land offer.

My Review:

I’ll be honest; I had no idea what to expect when I entered Lone Women. I don’t read as much historical fiction as I should and certainly don’t read many Westerns. But the promise of something paranormal happening in this setting? Well, that was more than enough to tempt me into reading it…

Adelaide’s secret kept me on the edge of my seat. Unlike many secrets that wait until the last minute for the big reveal – I wasn’t disappointed by what I found. This was a dark and compelling story, one that had many elements. For example, we have the concept of surviving in Western times, paranormal creatures, vengeance, threats (of the human variety), and more. It almost makes me wish this book had been a bit longer, simply so I could enjoy more of it.

If you’re looking for a different read that combines several themes and genres, Lone Women is the book for you. This is especially true if you don’t mind your fiction having a more introspective take on the world.


  • Historical Fiction w/ a Horror Twist
  • Western
  • Paranormal
  • Secrets

Trigger Warnings:

  • Racism
  • Gore/Violence

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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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