Monday, 11 January 2016

URBAN FANTASY DEBUT REVIEW: The Gates of Evangeline - Hester Young

Release Date: 14/01/16 (PB)
Publisher:  Century


When grieving mother and New York journalist Charlie Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children after her only son passes away, she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet she soon realizes these are not the hallucinations of a bereaved mother. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees―if she can make sense of them.

The disturbing images lead her from her home in suburban New York City to small-town Louisiana, where she takes a commission to write a true-crime book based on the case of Gabriel Deveau, the young heir to a wealthy and infamous Southern family, whose kidnapping thirty years ago has never been solved. There she meets the Deveau family, none of whom are telling the full truth about the night Gabriel disappeared. And 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.


I love getting to spend time with new authors, they have a lot to prove to readers to get their name out there and also you know that their first book always has a ton of love as well as being polished to the best of their ability. Its well written, the characters have a believability about them and when added to a delightful southern gothic vibe, generates a tale that I had quite a good time reading.

Yes there are problems with some pacing and a few predictable twists but for a first outing (along with some surprise ones), its one that I was more than happy that I spent the time with. Cracking.

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