*A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015*
From a unique new talent comes a fast-paced debut, introducing a heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her . . .
When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children in danger, she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent. They are warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them.
After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie’s dreams, asking for her help, she finds herself entangled in a world-famous thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana’s prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family’s sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance with the estate’s landscape architect—the warm and handsome Noah Palmer—begin to heal her grief-stricken heart. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust—and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could have imagined.
A Southern Gothic mystery debut that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist, THE GATES OF EVANGELINE is a story that readers of Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson, and Alice Sebold won't be able to put down.
In Young's haunting, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful debut, the first in a trilogy, Charlotte "Charlie" Cates has disturbing dreams in which unknown children appeal to the divorced Stamford, Conn., journalist for her help; she takes this as evidence of just how thoroughly she has lost it in the months since her four-year-old son, Keegan, died suddenly from a brain aneurysm at his preschool. But that doesn't explain why Charlie seems to be picturing events that haven't yet happened or the eerie dream about a tiny, abused boy adrift with her in a boat on a bayou, which she has the night after being asked to write a true-crime book about the notorious never-solved 1982 disappearance of two-year-old Gabriel Deveau from his family's Louisiana estate, Evangeline. Several weeks later, she travels to Evangeline, where she investigates a case that, though old, may not be all that cold. Young handles the spectral elements with restraint as her tremendously sympathetic heroine seeks to build a new life after death.
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We read this book for our book club recently, and we cannot WAIT to follow Charlie’s story! Great plot, great characters, fantastic writing! Every single person in the book club loved it! We loved how it touched on every emotion, from suspense, to heartfelt emotion, to happiness-it captured attention the entire book. Well done!
GREAT job Hester Young!!! This book is A.MAZ.ING!! Cannot wait for The Shimmering Road..eeek!!!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It flew by. I thought it was extremely well written and totally fun to read. I was sad when I was done - can't wait to read another from this author.