The Wilderwomen

Thank you, St Martin’s Press, for the gifted copy of The Wilderwomen {partner}

Genre: Fiction
Trope: Magical Realism
Format: 📖
Pub Date: 11.15.2022
Star Rating: ☆☆.5


“Five years ago, Nora Wilder disappeared. The older of her two daughters, Zadie, should have seen it coming, because she can literally see things coming. But not even her psychic abilities were able to prevent their mother from vanishing one morning.

Zadie’s estranged younger sister, Finn, can’t see into the future, but she has an uncannily good memory, so good that she remembers not only her own memories, but the echoes of memories other people have left behind. On the afternoon of her graduation party, Finn is seized by an “echo” more powerful than anything she’s experienced before: a woman singing a song she recognizes, a song about a bird…

When Finn wakes up alone in an aviary with no idea of how she got there, she realizes who the memory belongs to: Nora.

Now, it’s up to Finn to convince her sister that not only is their mom still out there, but that she wants to be found. Against Zadie’s better judgement, she and Finn hit the highway, using Finn’s echoes to retrace Nora’s footsteps and uncover the answer to the question that has been haunting them for years: Why did she leave?

But the more time Finn spends in their mother’s past, the harder it is for her to return to the present, to return to herself. As Zadie feels her sister start to slip away, she will have to decide what lengths she is willing to go to to find their mother, knowing that if she chooses wrong, she could lose them both for good.”


“I like the idea that two people can have all the odds stacked against them, but they figure out a way to make it work because their love for each other is more important than all the other bullshit.”

I’m a “the cover made me do it” type of reader, but I read the synopsis of The Wilderwomen and was sold on the concept. I’ve become an avid magician realism fan and am always eager to find a new book from the genre to read.

Unfortunately, this was not the book that I thought it would be. Something was missing from the story, and the magic felt subdued. I needed more magic, direction, and heart from The Wilderwomen and ultimately left feeling very underwhelmed.

I also had an issue that the story constantly switched between past and present. The direction interrupted the story’s flow- this is where dual timeline chapters are put to good use, as there is a definitive line. Because of the disruption to the story, I always felt distracted.

The ending, while appreciated, felt too easy. I don’t want to say too much about the ending as I don’t want to give away a pivotal moment in the book; however, I felt like I was constantly waiting for something to happen in Wilderwomen, and then everything happened all at once, but it didn’t fit the pacing of the book up until that point.

As always, I’m not trying to gatekeep anyone from reading this book; I mainly want to make others aware that the magical component of this book is lacking, and that was a big part of my picking up Wilderwomen to read this fall.

Format: 336 pages, hardback
Published: November 2022
ISBN 9781250246912 (ISBN10: 1250246911)

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