Vengeance Road

Vengeance Road cover
Release DateSeptember 1, 2015


When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate. 

In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

Praise for Vengeance Road

⭐️ An unflinchingly bloody tale of the Wild West…Thoroughly engrossing.

Publishers Weekly, starred review

A vivid portrait of a lawless world…The book demands the same stoicism from its readers as the heroine herself possesses.

School Library Journal

Refreshingly believable. Readers will be entranced by Bowman’s swiftly paced, romantic revenge drama.


Rich in tone and action… a beautiful blend of justice and coming-of-age drama.

RT Book Reviews

Fast-paced [and] entertaining.


Thrilling, racing, action-packed…Vengeance Road will have you looking at the West in a whole new light.

A story of grit, love, and deadly revenge that climbs off the page and into your heart–saddle up for a thrilling, harrowing ride!

Alexandra Bracken, #1 NYT bestselling author of Passenger

Vengeance Road had a bit of everything I love most in storytelling: a kick-butt heroine, life-or-death stakes, action to make my heart pound, and morals that go gray around the edges. This is the kind of book I’ll re-read again and again.

Susan Dennard, NYT bestselling author of Truthwitch

Gold madness, a good-for-nothing posse, and frontier justice: Vengeance Road is everything you could want in a Western.

Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling author of My Lady Jane

Vengeance Road is a page-turning, unputdownable story of revenge. Bowman paints a thrilling, vivid picture of 1877 Arizona, and Kate is a heroine to be reckoned with.

Jessica Spotswood, author of The Cahill Witch Chronicles

Gritty and honestVengeance Road captures the heart of the Wild West.

Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink

A take-no-prisoners heroine with a bloody debt to settle. I’m still breathing in the dust and hot Arizona sun.

Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter

Relentlessly readableVengeance Road is a perfect western. You won’t be able to turn in until you get to the very last page!

Saundra Mitchell, author of The Springsweet

Flinty and fierce, Kate is a formidable addition to the pantheon of tough young adult heroines. Her story and voice crackles to life.

A.C. Gaughen, author of the Scarlet trilogy
Awards + Recognition

U.S. and Canada: HMH

Audio: Tantor Media

Russia: Arkadia