The Woman in Green

Fiction - Literary
249 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2023
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Woman in Green is a work of fiction penned in the literary style, which tackles themes of human nature, sociocultural ideas, and the ideals of the Romantic art and literature movement. It’s suitable for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Larry Lockridge. In this contemplative but also fast-paced and exciting conceptual read, we explore the idea that many people throughout history have had about creating a Utopian existence, from failed experiments in the nineteenth century to the author’s own imaginings in the years immediately ahead of us now. As we all walk the path to the future together, a ragtag group of characters shows us that we might yet avoid being the architects of our own destruction.

Author Larry Lockridge has crafted a truly fascinating work that blends character and concept together wonderfully to give us a chilling vision of the near future. The conversational style and atmosphere of the piece really reminded me of the mindset of Anne Washburn, and there’s a poignant sense of doom that is wonderfully well-balanced alongside Lockridge’s wit and flair for the dramatic. I loved all the Romantic period theming and the parallels that this age of idealism draws with the bleak prospect that humanity faces in its immediate future now. I was also deeply impressed with how Lockridge handles the theme of suicide, a philosophy that I’ve never seen considered in such a balanced, deep, and respectful way as part of a work of fiction. Overall, The Woman in Green is a must-read for those seeking an intelligent anti-dystopia that dives deeper and leaves you with plenty to consider by the novel’s end.

Amy Raines

In The Woman in Green by Larry Lockridge, the narrator of this story, born at the time of the 9/11 attack, spent most of his time being shunned by others as if he were a plague of some kind. By 2050, he looks back on better days that prevailed in 2025 while taking subtle jabs at the audience of his current time. He relates tales of his friends making important finds such as the Lion of Judah, Native American bones, and John Rapp’s jarred private parts. During their search, they find a scroll that must be decoded. A balloon ride that changes unexpectedly becomes a death ride for Sam and his peers. How relevant are their finds to the narrator’s 2050 existence? Were they cursed by opening the scroll? Does the Woman in Green’s (WIG) prediction of a digital future prevail in the narrator’s lifetime?

The Woman in Green by Larry Lockridge is an exciting story told by a narrator who explains how life in 2025 was so different from his life in 2050. The sarcasm and wit the narrator uses when speaking about 2050 are nothing short of hilarious. I loved the digital concept of the future as much as I enjoyed the archaeological finds scattered throughout the tale, including a scroll that the friends believed had cursed them in some way. My favorite aspect is the banter between the personalities, which highlights how close they were. I recommend this book to any adult who enjoys an eventful, adventurous account packed with history that gives a sneak peek at what the future could hold.

Rabia Tanveer

The Woman in Green by Larry Lockridge is set in New Harmony, Indiana, as the author uses the most beloved of English romantic literature pioneers for a new look at some of the most enduring questions. Percy and Mary were exploring the labyrinth of Father Rapp to find the answers they desperately needed. But the labyrinth was a mess, posing more questions without giving Percy and Mary any answers. From finding skeletons, alchemical equipment, insects, and even a shrine, the labyrinth had everything Percy and Mary anticipated and more. That was only the beginning of the story.

Witty, charming, and a perfect example of satire, The Woman in Green is an incredible story. Larry Lockridge displayed a masterful use of words as he took Mary and Percy Shelley and Lord Byron out of the history books and right onto these pages. I adored the style and how exciting it was. The story was refreshing. It was easy to find the literary references the author was alluding to. I loved the way that Lockridge’s character George quoted Shakespeare to heighten the reader’s experience further. Don’t confuse this book with a comedy, though. The author changes gears quickly (while keeping the humor alive) and gives readers plenty of action and mystery to look forward to. The story was divided into three parts, and each offered something new. I enjoyed the second part (the Pageant) the most, perhaps because I love Dante Alighieri more than the other historical figures revived in this book. I would highly recommend this clever novel to fans of literary classics because they will appreciate the treat.