Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: The Untold by Courtney Collins

It is 1921. In a mountain-locked valley, amid squalls of driving rain, Jessie is on the run.

Born wild and brave, by twenty-six she has already lived life as a circus rider, a horse and cattle rustler, and a convict. Yet on this fateful night she is just a woman wanting to survive—though there is barely any life left in her.

She mounts her horse and points it toward the highest mountain in sight. Soon bands of men will crash through the bushland, desperate to claim the reward on her head. And in their wake will be two more men—one her lover, the other the law—each uncertain whether to save her or themselves.

But as it has always been for Jessie, it is death, not a man, who is her closest pursuer and companion. And while all odds are stacked against her, there is one who will never give up on her….

Received for review

I'm always hesitant to read books recommended by authors whose work I've loathed and this was highly rated by Elizabeth Gilbert whose books I simply cannot stand so I was not expecting good things from this. Thankfully I was pleasantly surprised.

Initially I found the complete lack of chapter numbering to be more than a bit annoying but I eventually became accustomed to it, especially since the chapters were usually only a handful of pages so numbering quickly would have gotten out of control.

The story was interesting and immediately drew me in even though I was not overly fond of Jessie. Okay, I really didn't like her much at all. I certainly didn't like or respect her and would never, ever want to meet her in real life. The writing style was okay, but it rather more of a literary fiction style which made it slightly less enjoyable to read than it could have been.

Overall, this was a pleasant read and those who appreciate a strong female protagonist in a story filed with adventure should find this enjoyable and I recommend it to them. I look forward to reading the author's future works.

★★★☆☆ = Liked It

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