4 Stars Is there such a thing as a Southwestern Gothic If so this is it THE SHIMMERING ROAD is an intriguing seuel to Hester Young s first book THE GATES OF EVANGELINE Read GATES first so you Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay ll know the backstory Charlie s paranormal gift brings her and fianc Noah to Tucson Arizona and straight into a complex murder mystery that hits close to the heart The story grabbed my attention pretty uickly and of course Charlie s dark visions gave me the creeps I was surprised by Charlie s initial reaction to her orphaned niece though by the end I could understand where she was coming fromI enjoyed the desert setting of this book both in southern Arizona and just across the border in Mexico The author did a great job incorporatingife in a Mexican American border town into the mystery Lots of interesting twists in the plot and I was never sure what characters could be trusted Definitely a page turnerDisclosure I received a copy of this book through Penguin s First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review Review to come closer to pub dateuick ThoughtsAfter reading and LOVING The Gates of Evangeline I was hoping that Hester Young s 2nd book would not disappoint And it did not I was breathless as I flipped pages trying to determine what would happen in the climax of the book I felt a tingle as Charlie would discover clues or have visions as to what would happenalready had happened In short I freaking Michelangelo: His Epic Life loved itYou do not have to read The Gates of Evangeline first to enjoy this book but I highly think all caps and multiple exclamation points recommend you do 25 starsIiked the first book better than this one and I m still having problems Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge liking the twoead characters of Charlie and Noah The items that Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time lessened my reading funI m not a fan of 1st POV and some of the reasons why weakened this story Since everything is from Charlie s POV there s aot of stuff that happens off page and then referenced Noah being arrested in Mexico and being represented by his ex wife was weak but if written in 3rd POV could have been written in a way that strengthened his character development as well as provided some tense and interesting scenes It seemed ike there were a number of times that with the story written with Charlie as narrator that we that with the story written with Charlie as narrator that we reader ose out Which eads to Charlie can be aggravating and sometimes you just need a break from her She s 8 months pregnant and is constantly putting herself and therefore her unborn child at risk She was TSTL in the first book as well but at east she wasn t pregnant then It makes it hard to support her character Plus she s very judgmental which gets tiringThere were a number of times that the story just seemed to get bogged down and boring which made it *Tough To Slog ThroughThere Are *to slog throughThere are some political undertones and opinions in this book When you read for enjoyment it s nice to escape that while readingThe psychic element felt a Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age little all over the place in this one I didn tike it as much as in the first book 45 maybe 5 stars If you Les Innocents like good suspenseful mysteries then this series is for you Charlie Cates has visions since her son died suddenly Some call them voice from angels some call them messengers others just think she s nuts It doesn t matter because her visions always are from children and they always are true These children either show her what has happened to them or what will happen if Charlie does not help them It s up to Charlie to decide what to do next I admit that I ve always been hooked on books and even television shows with a touch of paranormal involved I used toove the show Medium when it was airing and this series reminds me a I Was A Stranger lot of that show The writing is very gripping and the storyline well told Now that I ve read all three book in the series each one is set. A pulse pounding mystery from the author of The Gates of Evangeline featuring Charlotte Charlie Cates an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring toight secrets that will heal or destroy those around herWhen 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 earns 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 Cha. .
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It comes down to it she is a good woman I oved this book and recommend it highly to others Thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC Very pregnant Charlotte Charlie Gates keeps having a recurring dream In a bathroom with blue and yellow tiles she is shot threatening her ife and that of the baby she is carrying Since Charlie has a knack of seeing things before they happen "this dream has her freaked out Then Charlie earns that the mother who abandoned her as a very young child "dream has her freaked out Then Charlie earns that the mother who abandoned her as a very young child been Murdered Along With Noah Along with Noah father of her baby Charlie seeks to confront the past and also find out about her mother s death But there is another child who comes
her Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth life and Charlie is not sure what to do about her she find room in herife for this young girl But if her dreams become reality she may not even be alive to take on such a supportive role for the niece she didn t know she hadThe novel travels from Sidalie Texas to Tucson Arizona and to Mexico It paints a dire picture of some of the 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts lives of the poor in Mexico and why they are so keen to try and cross the border The setting really comes alive and the characters are well drawn The dreams and visions Charlie sees add an interesting element without being overdone I enjoyed this novel which is book 2 in a series It s been a couple of years since I read book 1 But this book captured me as much as that one did I found this to be a thought provoking read that ramps up the suspense and had me invested in theives of these characters This is the second book in the Charlotte Cates trilogy I Moonrise (Snowfall, liked it but not than the first one The Gates of EvangelineThis time Charlotte is involved in a mystery revolving around her strange mother a sister and niece she didn t know s The Shimmering Road takes place notong after the events of The Gates of Evangeline Charlie Cates is pregnant and trying to settle in the small town of Sidalie with her baby daddy Noah When a call from her aunt tells her that her mother and a half sister were killed eaving a niece she never know she had an orphan Charlie and Noah make the journey across Texas to meet this young girl This visit is plagued with simmering resentment toward a mother who abandoned her due to her addictions and a strange vision of a woman dying in a shower When Charlie discovers her mother s death is tied to the charity she worked for she tries to make amends with herself about a woman she barely knew who had overcome her addictions and had not forgotten her daughter This book was a slow slog of a read for me mainly because Charlie and Noah travels so freuently to Arizona and Mexico to investigate the deaths of her relativesThere is a ot of exposition and characters to keep track of including the employees at the charity Charlie s mother worked in the discovery Charlie makes when she meets Pam her mother s partner of some years and the illegal acts that inadvertently caused the death of Charlie s mother and half sisterThe writing is solid and the twist believable enough to swallow but it takes a Hello, Snow! long time to get to the who what where and why My main issue has always been Charlie herself I didn tike her in the first book and I haven t warmed up to her in the seuel I find her sanctimonious bitter and a sourpuss I understand part of her aloof personality is due to her troubled childhood and the unexpected A Little Dinner Before the Play loss of her son but I found her patronizing and condescending especially when her sister Jasmine s morals were called into uestion Charlie disapproved of herifestyle and Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies loose ways and even goes so far as to say she can forgive Jasmine for that because her daughter Micky turned out so wellWhat a condescending judge y bitch I m not sure if Il read the next book in the series Hold on Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch let me consult my Magic 8 Ball Outlook not so good. S selfless as it seemed And most important of all what did her niece really witness on the night of the murdersThe search for answerseads 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 desertA thrilling mystery that combines Once a Wicked Lady: A Biography of Margaret Lockwood literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist that is unputdownable If youove Kate Atkinson and Alice Sebold you should not miss Hester You. ,into her ife and Charlie is not sure what to do about her
In a different ocation and has involved a different case Of the three although I really A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line like each of them tremendously The Shimmering Road is my favorite If mysteries are your thing I highly recommend any of the three books in the series start at the beginning or dive in with this one They re all terrific The Shimmering Road is the seuel to The Gates of Evangeline that I devoured notong ago I was excited to once again step into Charlotte Charlie Cates world and to see what she would take on this time The Future Focus last book was really thrilling so this book had much toive up to And yes I iked had much to ive up to
and yes i iked book however it justyes I iked book However it just t beat The Gates of Evangeline story and atmospheric setting of Louisiana Arizona and Mexico just don t rock my boat as much as a setting in Louisiana doesAlso the story is pretty obvious sure The Gates of Evangeline was predictable as well but it had a glorious setting to add to the story and often I just waited for the penny to drop for Charlie However I did enjoy the story enough to find myself wanting to know Why Charlie s mother and sister were murdered what would happen to her niece etc Charlie s visions is an added bonus to the story I simply adore books with psychicsThe Shimmering Road is a perfectly all right book Not intensive enough to really make my heart racing but still interesting enough to keep my attention Also I ve come to really ike Charlie and I m ooking forward to reading The Burning Island when it s released in 2019 Great bookI m really Devil's Red Nickel loving this author I hope this is going to be a series This one was just as good as the first one This is the second in the series but the first for me I found it fine as a standalone A heavily pregnant Charlie has ESP visions and premonitions A recurring one is of her being shot in a shower which is disturbing her and her boyfriend Noah She is reluctant to settle in Sidalie Texas where Noah and his thriving business is based as there are too many reminders of Carmen Noah s ex wife She sees a vision of a child running through a blood soaked scene who turns out to be Micky the daughter of Charlie s half sister Jasmine It turns out that there has been a fatal double shooting of Jasmine and Charlie song estranged addict mother Donna in Tucson ArizonaCharlie and Noah set off to see Micky who has temporarily been placed in foster care Noah is enthusiastic about adopting her Charlie is far ambivalent and has concerns about coping with a heavily traumatised child She slowly gets to become aware of the circumstances involved in the shootings and the characters involved in Jasmine s and Donna s Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies life such as Pam her mother s partner and ex cop Teresa who runs a charity that her mother worked at Micky s father Ruben residing in Mexico It soon becomes clear that the adoption process isaborious and one that could take years To speed the process up Noah and Charlie consider moving to Arizona A number of factors have Charlie intrigued and curious about who is behind the murders and she is not going to Clubland UK: On the Door in the Rave Era let this go Thiseads to Charlie and Noah making trips to Mexico further visions encountering tremendous danger and a ruthless killer who has no intention of being caughtThere is a strong sense of the desert John Flynn's Double Wedding Ring Step-by-Step Workbook location in Arizona the heat and the pressurising and grimiving conditions of people encountered in Mexico We get a glimpse of the human face of US immigration policies as they affect real people and children such a hot topic at the moment This is an atmospheric novel that immediately captured my interest with ease Charlie has an interesting and complex backstory she s The Book of Tapas lost a child is a journalist and experiencing the kind of problems ordinary people do It is understandable that she is cautious about taking on Micky given how much she has on her plate but when. Rlie never knew she had haseft behind a child a ittle 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 pastTo untangle the web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her nightmares Charlie can no onger 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 rud to have been seeing again on the sly Was her mother s charity work in Mexico really