Fiction · Historical

Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart

What’s it about?

The year is 1914. Constance Kopp lives with her two sisters on a farm in New Jersey; three lone women, sisters doing it for themselves, much to their brother’s dismay. They live a somewhat mundane life, hiding away from the world and living with a mistrust in people implanted in them by their late Austrian mother. But then everything changes. Their carriage is run off the road by one of those new-fangled automobiles, leading to a year’s worth of threats, blackmail and gunfire. And the Kopp sisters aren’t going take it sitting down. Each with her own talents, they show the world that women are more than capable of looking after themselves.

Is it any good?

Now, I have absolutely no doubt that some people will love this book. Adore it even. It could perhaps, be your next favourite book. But it wasn’t mine. I’m not calling this a bad book, but it just wasn’t to my tastes. There were aspects of this book that I genuinely loved – the quirky characters (Norma, the middle sister, sends insults to people via carrier pigeon) and the clever plot twists, for example – but then I just found it to be overwhelmingly boring. It moved too slowly for my preferences, it felt too disjointed in places, and I found myself really struggling to care about the story. Whilst I would recommend this book – which is loosely based on historical fact – I definitely wouldn’t call it one of my favourites.

Rating: 4/10

How long did it take to read: two weeks

For fans of: Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Tracy Chevalier, strong female characters, pigeons

This book tastes like: cloudy lemonade

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