I feel like it has been an absurdly long time since I’ve done a traditional review (because it has). However, this lovely little book came out on Valentine’s Day and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention it.
A little over a year ago, I was in one of the biggest reading slumps of my adult life. On a whim*, I picked up Hester Young’s The Gates of Evangeline and absolutely loved it.
So I was both excited and nervous to read The Shimmering Road**, Young’s second book featuring journalist Charlie Cates. I am happy to report it’s an enthralling read and a solid follow-up to her first novel.
Charlie, expecting her first daughter, is now in Arizona, searching for clues that might help solve the murder of her mother and half sister. Plagued by recurring nightmares, she can’t help but worry about the fate of her unborn daughter and that of her half-sister’s daughter, even as she gets drawn further into the mystery surrounding the murders. Her c
The novel is fast paced, unexpected, and a pleasure to read. The Shimmering Road, as is its predecessor, is everything a page-turner—with a supernatural flare—should be. Admittedly, I loved Gates of Evangeline just a little bit more and I missed the southern Gothic aspect, but it was nice to revisit characters I enjoyed.
*That whim got it’s start from Sarah’s (of Sarah’s Book Shelves) love of Gates of Evangeline.
**I received a review copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.