The Shimmering Road (Hester Young)

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Charlie Cates #2

Charlie is having a recurring nightmare… Is her dream simply the product of an anxious mind, or is it a premonition? When she learns that the mother who abandoned her as a toddler, is the victim of a double murder in Arizona, she thinks it has nothing to do with her. Yet the other victim—a half-sister Charlie never knew she had—has left behind a child, a little girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams. Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels to Arizona, where she must confront her own painful ties to her mother … and untangle a web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her own nightmare.

I’m so happy to review this one! The Shimmering Road is the sequel to The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young. As usual, I had seen TSR and requested it on a whim without realizing it wasn’t a standalone. For once, I decided to do the right thing and bought Evangeline straight away. By the time I reached the final pages, I was completely in love. I’ve deliberately removed part of this blurb as I really want you to start from the beginning. This is an amazing series but I absolutely think you need to read The Gates of Evangeline first. If not, it would simply be a spoiler fest and it really isn’t the same. I hope you agree with me.

What I liked the most about The Shimmering Road (and The Gates of Evangeline) is that it’s not your typical fast-paced read. It’s a captivating novel, no doubt, but it’s so atmospheric that I didn’t want to race through it. Instead, I wanted to pay attention to every detail and I found myself not wanting to finish it. The action doesn’t start right away, but once you get to it, the excitement never ends.

The characters in this book feel so real that I already miss them. They’re not perfect by any means, and Charlie is quite honest about that. She comes across a bit condescending sometimes, but she quickly admits she’s wrong and is truly brave and kind. I also love how even though she has her own beliefs, she’s open to discussing nearly anything. I was thinking that she reminded me of some other character, someone who also does crazy things to help people… and I realized it’s Erica Falk from the Fjällbacka series. I love how Charlie follows her dreams (literally, her dreams) in order to help those who she believes are in danger..

As for the plot, it was pretty different from the previous book, but equally engaging. While the first was kind of a “southern gothic mystery” set in Louisiana, this one was also southern but way different. Set in Arizona and Mexico, it gave me a raw and dry feeling, kind of like when I read All The Ugly And Wonderful Things. It was amazing. Still, I think you should know that this series features a heavy supernatural angle. There’s also a love story going on… but I didn’t mind that this time.

Simply put, this has quickly become one of my favorite series and I already love the characters as if I had known them forever.

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Netgalley – Cornerstone, 2017

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

19 thoughts on “The Shimmering Road (Hester Young)

  1. OOOh I was wondering what rating you’d give this one. I totally agree with what you said about Charlie being condescending, I had similar thoughts about her from Gates. I’m really looking forward to this one and will get to it in the next couple weeks I hope:)

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  2. Thanks for the heads up about it being spoiler infested 😉 and the fact that it has a supernatural angle. I can see how you can be attracted to a character like Charlie in a book like this, I love it when people just go for it and follow through their own ideas!

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