Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

Book synopsis(via Goodreads):

When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and 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, Charlie finds herself entangled in a 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 bring healing. 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’ve 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.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Penguin Group Putnam for the the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion:

This certainly isn't typical reading fare for me. Mystery with a side of paranormal would not be something that I would typically choose. However, I kept hearing such wonderful buzz about this one that I stepped out of my comfort zone. 

I was immediately in love with Charlie as we find in the first pages that she has just lost her only child and is desperately trying to find another life on the other side of that tragedy. Ms. Young is a wonderfully descriptive writer and I flew through the first half of the novel in one sitting. Unfortunately  the second half was a bit less fascinating as I found myself guessing every twist before it happened. 

Overall, I think those who like mystery and southern atmosphere will really enjoy this novel. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

It is creepy and mysterious enough to keep one up past their bedtime. 


3.5 stars

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