A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of The Gates of Evangeline featuring Charlotte “Charlie” Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will save or destroy those around her . . .
When soon-to-be mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to have recurring dreams about harm coming to her unborn daughter, she knows these are not the nightmares of an anxious mom-to-be. They are the result of her mysterious gift. But before she can decipher what these dreams might mean, Charlie learns that the mother who abandoned her when she was a toddler is the victim of a double murder in Arizona. The other victim—Jasmine, a half-sister Charlie never knew she had—has left behind a child, a little girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams and was present on the night of the murders. Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels to Tucson, Arizona, where she must confront her painful ties to her mother and delve into her sister’s shadowy past.
To untangle the web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her nightmares, Charlie can no longer avoid her family’s checkered history. Who is in the racy photos that turned up in Jasmine’s apartment? Where is her niece’s father, whom Jasmine was rumored to have been seeing again on the sly? Was her mother’s charity work in Mexico really as selfless as it seemed? And most important of all, what did her niece really witness on the night of the murders?
The search for answers leads Charlie across the Mexican border, from the resort town of Rocky Point to the border town of Nogales, and elucidates the meaning of her dreams in most unexpected ways. Ultimately, to protect her niece and her unborn child, Charlie must battle not just evil but the forces of nature, in one final terrifying encounter in the Tucson desert.
A thrilling mystery that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist that is unputdownable. If you love Kate Atkinson and Alice Sebold, you should not miss Hester Young.
Thriller Award finalist Young's whip-smart, adrenaline-fueled second Charlotte "Charlie" Cates novel (after 2015's The Gates of Evangeline) finds the pregnant journalist and her boyfriend, Noah Palmer, in Tucson, Ariz., attempting to adopt Charlie's six-year-old niece, Michaela, after the double homicide of Charlie's estranged mother, Donna DeRossi, and Charlie's half-sister, Jasmine Cassell. The police believe that the crime was drug related, but those closest to the victims insist otherwise. Charlie launches an investigation that lands her and Noah in a tangled web of sex, lies, and international political corruption. Meanwhile, Charlie, who has a history of psychic dreams, is plagued by nightmares that predict her own violent death. Young deftly uses Charlie's supernatural gift to create tension and dread without relying too heavily on it to advance the plot. And a story line involving Donna's employer a nonprofit that helps women living in Mexican border towns both champions charity and gives poverty a human face.
I cannot seem to put these books down once I pick it up! I love following Charlie’s story, her character is captivating. This was a great follow to The gates of Evangeline. Cannot wait to read the next one! Great book!
I'm an active reader who is always looking for a great book that makes me want to stay awake all night. This book is safely in the group of books that kept me up late! I loved The Gates of Evangeline and couldn't wait to see what was in store for Charlie next. This book didn't disappoint.