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Five months after the events at Evangeline, Charlie Cates and her boyfriend Noah are anticipating the birth of their baby daughter in Texas.Their excitement about the future is tempered, however, by a recurring nightmare Charlie has about getting shot in the belly while showering. Is her dream simply the product of an anxious mind, or is it a premonition, a message that shFive months after the events at Evangeline, Charlie Cates and her boyfriend Noah are anticipating the birth of their baby daughter in Texas.Their excitement about the future is tempered, however, by a recurring nightmare Charlie has about getting shot in the belly while showering. Is her dream simply the product of an anxious mind, or is it a premonition, a message that she and her daughter are in danger?When Charlie learns that the mother who abandoned her as a toddler, is the victim of a double murder in Arizona, she thinks it has nothing to do with her. Yet the other victim—a half-sister Charlie never knew she had—has left behind a child, a little girl who speaks to Charlie in her dreams.Convinced that she must help her orphaned niece, Charlie travels with Noah to Arizona, where she must confront her own painful ties to her mother … and untangle a web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her own nightmare....

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The Shimmering Road Reviews

  • Paromjit
    2019-01-27 16:58

    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's long estranged addict mother, Donna in Tucson, Arizona.Charlie and Noah set off to see Micky, who has temporarily been placed in foster care. Noah is enthusiastic about adopting her, Charlie is far more 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 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 is laborious 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 let this go. This leads to Charlie and Noah making trips to Mexico, further visions, encountering tremendous danger and a ruthless killer who has no intention of being caught.There is a strong sense of the desert location in Arizona, the heat and the pressurising and grim living 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 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 it comes down to it she is a good woman. I loved this book and recommend it highly to others. Thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-02-12 20:23

    4 Stars Is there such a thing as a Southwestern Gothic? If so, this is it. THE SHIMMERING ROAD is an intriguing sequel to Hester Young’s first book, THE GATES OF EVANGELINE. (Read GATES first, so you’ll know the backstory.) Charlie’s paranormal gift brings her and fiancé Noah to Tucson, Arizona, and straight into a complex murder mystery that hits close to the heart. The story grabbed my attention pretty quickly, 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 from.I enjoyed the desert setting of this book, both in southern Arizona and just across the border in Mexico. The author did a great job incorporating life 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-turner!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Penguin’s First to Read Program in exchange for an honest review.

  • Dale Harcombe
    2019-01-25 22:04

    Very pregnant Charlotte (Charlie) Gates keeps having a recurring dream. In a bathroom with blue and yellow tiles, she is shot threatening her life 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 learns that the mother who abandoned her as a very young child has been murdered. Along with Noah, the father of her baby, Charlie seeks to confront the past and also find out more about her mother’s death. But there is another child, who comes into her life and Charlie is not sure what to do about her. Can she find room in her life 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 had.The novel travels from Sidalie Texas, to Tucson Arizona and to Mexico. It paints a dire picture of some of the 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 the lives of these characters.

  • Tamara
    2019-01-30 17:04

    Review to come closer to pub dateQuick Thoughts:After 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 happen/already had happened. In short- I freaking loved it.*You 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!)

  • Susan Crowe
    2019-02-12 15:59

    Great book!!!I'm really loving this author. I hope this is going to be a series. This one was just as good as the first one.

  • SpookySoto
    2019-02-11 16:24

    This is the second book in the Charlotte Cates trilogy. I liked it but not more than the first one, The Gates of Evangeline.This time Charlotte is involved in a mystery revolving around her strange mother, a sister and niece she didn't know she had.To me there were not enough paranormal stuff going on, and that was what I liked the most from the first one; the mystery wasn't that interesting to me either, but I was never bored.At the end, I was invested and I liked the way it was resolved.I have an issue about the portrayal of Mexico, it felt cliché. It is just not true that there's no justice in Latin America or that it is a lawless land. Sure, there're cases of corruption, impunity, crime, poverty and a buch of bad stuff going on sometimes and in certain areas, but that can be found everywhere, in evey country. The author did research in the specific town the novel described, and I don't know that place (I'm not Mexican), so maybe that is one of the bad places you can find in the world; I just think this perpetuates the, uninformed and misguided, thinking of USA citizens of the way all Latin American countries are. I don't think the author wanted to belittle Mexico or its people.(view spoiler)[ The charity lady was the killer, because Charlie’s mom found out they had a child trafficking ring(hide spoiler)]I do recommend it, and even though It can be read as a stand alone, you will be spoiled for the first one, so I encourage you to read the gates of Evangeline first.

  • Laurel
    2019-01-23 14:21

    In The Shimmering Road Hester Young provides another chapter in the life of Charlotte “Charlie” Cates, first introduced in the novel, The Gates of Evangeline. Charlie is now pregnant and lives in Sidalie, Texas with Noah Palmer (also introduced in the first book). Recently Charlie has been disturbed by nightmares of a pregnant woman being shot to death in a shower. She receives a call that her long-absent mother and a half-sister she was unaware of have been murdered in Arizona. Left behind in the wake of these murders is a six-year-old niece Charlie also has never met. The murders, these dreams, and many unresolved questions surrounding her mother’s life and work in Tucson put Charlie, Noah, and their unborn child in increasingly dangerous situations as they travel first to Arizona and then across the border into Mexico in search of answers. This is a good follow up to the first book, but I see no reason it can’t be read as a standalone. I actually enjoyed this book more than the first. While the plot may be a bit predictable, the relationships, I felt, are well developed and I appreciate Charlie’s premonitions. I enjoy what they lend to the story.

  • Wendy Ballard
    2019-02-07 17:58

    Hester Young is 2 for 2 in my opinion. I could have easily just read this book and not done anything (job/chores) until I finished. This is an NCT book (No Chores Today). As other reviewers have said, it's not imperative you read The Gates of Evangeline first; however, I do think it establishes characters for the reader that comes in handy in The Shimmering Road. Don't worry - you'll fly through The Gates of Evangeline too. Charlie and Noah are still getting used to each other and when they find out during a particularly difficult house hunting project that Charlie's estranged mother and sister have been murdered, let's just say house hunting really doesn't matter. Off they go to Tucson to find out all they can about Charlie's niece, Micky. Charlie's due any time now with hers and Noah's baby, but they both think they can help Micky. What they find in Tucson is eye-opening. Turns out Charlie's mother has known where she's been all along, her mother has an alternative lifestyle and...well, there's a lot going on. You're going to have to read all about it.Once again, Young has given us a wide array of characters to like and dislike as well as describing the Tucson and Nogales with such clarity, I remember exactly what it was like to travel there many years ago. It was wonderfully refreshing to read a linear story without all the trendy POV switches and indiscriminate flashbacks.

  • Samantha
    2019-02-04 17:10

    I always feel a little like I'm book slumming when I read these, but Hester Young keeps surprising me with her complex plots and terrific suspense, despite the series' hokey premise. Noah is predictably irritating and the villain was pretty obvious from the first encounter with them, but the story unfolds in unexpected ways and keeps you entertained, even while you're doing a lot of eye rolling at one implausible scenario after another.

  • Sasha
    2019-02-21 20:23


  • Barbara
    2019-01-26 17:15

    This was ok....I keep wanting more from this series.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-02 19:16

    The Gates of Evangeline, our first introduction to Charlie Cates and her special talent, was a great story in part because of the setting. A mansion set in the Louisiana bayous comes ready-made for spooky happenings. The two go together perfectly, so well in fact that you accept Charlie’s talent as normal. After all, in such a setting one expects ghosts and hauntings.In The Shimmering Road, Charlie’s adventures take the reader to Tucson and Nogales, Arizona. The harsh desert sun is the exact opposite of the shadowy bayou, and the story suffers for it. Gone are the Gothic feel, the danger hiding within the shadows, and the general mood of danger and apprehension. Now, there are no shadows and no places to hide. Readers find the danger on the Mexican side of Nogales in murky bars and rundown hotels, but the relentless sun still sets the mood as decidedly not spooky or mysterious.Charlie too is different. In this story, she is nine months pregnant. This should not be a big deal, but her actions do not coincide with her thoughts and emotions. On the one hand, her thoughts and words are very much that of a hyper-hormonal pregnant woman on the verge of giving birth. Her thoughts are irrational, her reactions are even more so. However, her actions are anything but that of a pregnant woman. It is as if her every waking thought is about her child, but when it comes time to, say, investigate strip clubs in Mexico, asking questions that she knows will put her in danger, she does so without a thought. The disconnect is aggravating. In fact, it is almost as if her pregnancy is another convenient plot device to be used when the situation calls for drama and ignored when it doesn’t.Putting that aside, Charlie spends most of the novel discovering firsthand the disparity between the United States and Mexico, particularly those unfortunate souls caught in the severest of poverty in border towns. Given the ongoing controversy regarding a wall between the two countries, the subject matter is timely. However, one cannot read the novel without wondering just how much license Ms. Young took in creating her story. The funny thing is that you don’t wonder if Ms. Young exaggerated things but if she added some rose tint to her outlook. Given how neatly her story ties together in the end, you end up with the suspicion that Ms. Young sanitized her Nogales and Tucson, which is saying something because the picture she paints is not pleasant. You are also left with the feeling that what she presents is just the way things are there, and there is not much anyone can do about it. It is a rather defeatist impression you get, and I cannot work out whether it is intentional or not.The Shimmering Road is not necessarily a bad story, but it does not stand up to comparisons to The Gates of Evangeline. In spite of its obvious weaknesses, Charlie’s search for answers is entertaining if not wholly engaging. Like the first novel, the story is essentially a stand-alone with minimal references to what occurred in Louisiana and a mystery that is completely resolved by the last page. I don’t know that I am committed to Charlie enough to want to find out what Hawaii holds for her (the setting of the final novel), but The Shimmering Road gave me some mindless pleasure for a few hours.

  • Vivian
    2019-02-13 17:58

    I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.At the end of The Gates of Evangeline (a highly recommended read), Charlotte "Charlie" Cates is pregnant by her new lover, Noah Palmer. Their relationship seemed doomed from the start since Charlie lived in Connecticut and worked in New York and Noah lived and worked in Texas. Fortunately, they are in love and committed to working on their relationship and looking forward to their growing family. Charlie has moved to Texas and is really trying to make things work, but she feels as if she's living in the shadows of Noah's former life with his ex-wife. Just as things are about to come to a head in Texas, Charlie receives a phone call informing her that her long-estranged mother and a half-sister she never knew about have been murdered in Arizona. If that's not troubling enough, Charlie seems to be the only living family member left for her half-sister's daughter, Michaela or Micky. After traveling to Arizona, Noah becomes enamored with the idea of adopting Micky and adding another child to their little family. Charlie isn't quite sure if she's ready to make that step, but with no other alternatives available they stay in town for awhile. Charlie and Noah try to learn as much as possible about Charlie's mother, Donna, and her half-sister, Jasmine. Is it possible that Jasmine's past was the reason for her and her mother's murder? How does Donna's job assisting poverty-stricken and troubled women in Nogales, Mexico tie into her murder, if at all? The more Charlie and Noah learn the more questions they have and these questions raise even more doubts and fears than ever before. Can they find the answers before another murder takes place?If you read my review in 2015 for The Gates of Evangeline, you probably recall that I loved that book (this was one of my favorite reads for that year). If you haven't read it, trust me, run out and grab a copy to read as soon as possible. The Shimmering Road is the second book in the Charlie Cates trilogy and pretty much takes off where The Gates of Evangeline ended. I found The Shimmering Road to be a fast-paced and engaging read. I enjoyed learning more about Charlie and witnessing her growing relationship with Noah. There are a lot of issues raised in The Shimmering Road, including abject poverty, drug abuse, childhood prostitution, politics, murder, family drama, mystery, a bit of romance, the paranormal, and more. There are good guys, bad guys, and not-so-bad guys, but it's not always easy to tell who's who and that alone kept me guessing until the bitter end. Ms. Young provides plenty of twists and turns in the story to keep the reader off-balance and wondering just what is going on, and I've got to say, I love that in a story. I loved the characters, the settings, and the action not to mention the storylines. So now, yes you guessed it, I've got to recommend that you grab a copy of The Shimmering Road to read immediately after you read your new copy of The Gates of Evangeline. Seriously, this is a good series and one you don't want to miss. I'm looking forward to book three in this series and just may bide my time with a reread of both books (yes, they are just that good).This review originally posted on 2/14/2017 at

  • Meg
    2019-02-14 17:15

    Chills! This second book in the Charlie Cates series is fantastic. I love the way the author keeps you guessing - I never know which characters to trust or be suspicious of. Like the first book, this one had an unexpected twist at the end. Great characters, great storyline, and really engaging writing. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

  • Cheryl Van Allen
    2019-02-05 20:07

    4.5 if I could.Great followup to Gates of Evangeline. LOVE the characters, the concept and storyline. Easy to read writing style.

  • Alysa H.
    2019-02-05 16:08

    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would, given my reaction to the previous installment, which initially attracted me with its Louisiana setting. This time around, Charlie Cates finds herself in the Southwest (mainly Arizona near the Mexican border) and while author Hester Young succeeds once again on geography-based atmosphere, I happen to find this location inherently less interesting. Entirely subjective, of course, but this fact nevertheless means that I require even more from the characters and plot than I would if the setting were of personal interest to me.In the preceding book, I described Charlie Cates as "a grieving yuppie New Yorker type who gets dropped into the middle of a Southern Gothic," and here we experience a Charlie who is no longer grieving, but is arguably more irritating. She's still a yuppie New Yorker type but this time gets dropped into the middle of a kind of bizzare Mexploitationesque saga. I wonder if this will be the series' MO: dropping this psychic wasp yuppie into various regional tales.Charlie is now in a relationship with Noah, from Book 1, and they're expecting a baby because they've decided to stick together even though they barely know each other and spend half of the book arguing and not telling each other important things. They're called to Arizona (and Charlie can't get outta Texas fast enough!) following the violent deaths of Charlie's estranged mother and surprise!sister, and from there get drawn into a convoluted, border-crossing plot of sex and drugs and adoption and trafficking and suspicious cops. It's effective, but a little over the top, and does sometimes feel a little exploitative given the whitey white whiteness of the main characters. (To be fair, Charlotte is aware of her own whiteness; I'm just not sure whether that's enough.) As with the first book, I'm still not convinced that the book wouldn't actually have been better without the supernatural element. I'd somewhat rather have Charlie as a doggedly persistent investigative journalist with good instincts. Even a one-off psychic vision, upon her mother's death, might have been preferable to the persistence of Charlie's visions of, for example, a strange dead girl leading her to various plot points. All of that said, this book was entertaining. There's a lot going on, and Young juggles admirably. I also really liked some of the secondary characters, such as the retired policewoman who was Charlie's late-mother's life partner (she was satisfyingly used as a red herring, too!). This series is great pulp, but not great literature. I'm curious to see what might come next -- hopefully it'll involve Charlie leaving Noah and the kid(s) behind temporarily, to go deal with a murder mystery in... I don't know... the Pacficic Northwest or something.** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **

  • Jenny Harrison
    2019-02-12 14:12

    To truly appreciate this book you must read "the gates of Evangeline" first. I loved both books for very different reasons. The first book introduces us to Charlie and her gifts. A true opulent southern murder mystery with a supernatural twist. So good. The second book is also a murder mystery that keeps you guessing, less focus on the supernatural. However, I like loved loved loved this book because it allows you to get to know Charlie intimately. A true character study that is so good you will feel like you've gotten to know a complete stranger. I look forward to many more books by Hester Young about our heroine, Charlie. I love Hester's style and it is refreshing to read a book the flows and follows one character, flawlessly adding other without interrupting the story line. No jumping back and forth here to remember who is who and who did what. A great story.

  • Sarah Swann
    2019-02-15 20:56

    This is a solid sequel to the first book (The Gates of Evangeline). I really enjoyed that this picked up soon after the end of the first book. It is also set in Tucson, AZ where I lived for four years, so I recognized some of the places and could easily picture the scenery and settings. She was spot on! It did take a little bit longer to get to the action than I would've liked but the action was worth the wait. I was constantly guessing what was going on and really didn't see anything coming, which is hard to do sometimes. Great book and great series!

  • Elaine
    2019-02-05 15:07

    The Shimmering Road takes place not long 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, leaving 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 frequently to Arizona and Mexico to investigate the deaths of her relatives and there is a lot 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 sister.The writing is solid and the twist believable enough to swallow but it takes a long time to get to the who, what, where and why. My main issue has always been Charlie herself. I didn't like her in the first book and I haven't warmed up to her in the sequel. I find her sanctimonious, bitter and a sourpuss. I understand part of her aloof personality is due to her troubled childhood and the unexpected loss of her son but I found her patronizing and condescending, especially when her sister Jasmine's morals were called into question. Charlie disapproved of her lifestyle and loose ways and even goes so far as to say she can 'forgive' Jasmine for that because her daughter, Micky, turned out so well.What a condescending, judge-y bitch. I'm not sure if I'll read the next book in the series. Hold on, let me consult my Magic 8 Ball.Outlook not so good.

  • Brian
    2019-01-24 20:15

    I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway.I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did a nice job of keeping me in suspense for most of the book. I did figure out the guilty party shortly before it was revealed, but I truly enjoyed the journey to get there.Charlotte Gates aka Charlie has visions which come true. The book begins with Charlie having a vision of a pregnant woman being shot and killed in a shower. Charlie, pregnant herself, spends a large part of the book looking for that shower so as to avoid it. In the meantime, she has another vision of a little girl looking for help. It turns out that the little girl is her niece, daughter of a sister she never knew she had and that said sister has been murdered along with the mother who abandoned Charlie long before.Charlie and her fiance travel to Arizona determined to help the little girl if possible. As they search for answers in Arizona and across the border in Mexico they are drawn ever further into danger. Charlie learns things about her mother along the way and eventually finds out what happened on the night her mother and sister died.A VERY GOOD read.

  • Hannah Fullmer
    2019-02-13 19:25

    4.5 stars. Immensely enjoyable mystery/thriller featuring a main character, Charlotte, who has dream/visions of murdered people, and as in all the best mystery stories (think Nancy Drew), decides that she, being a civilian, should take the investigation into her own hands. I mean, why hand a murder investigation over to the police when you are a heavily pregnant fashion magazine, editor who clearly, could handle things just as well? Sorry, that tongue in cheek comment aside...this book and series takes that initial suspension of disbelief...because we start with a bit of a far out premise. But if you're willing to do that (which I highly recommend), The Shimmering Road is a rollicking good read that you won't want to put down. Things I loved about it include the setting. The first book in this series, The Gates of Evangeline, took place in a plantation in Louisiana...which was major fun as far as sense of place. In The Shimmering Road, we find Charlotte and her boyfriend traveling to the desert town of Tucson, Arizona, and then to border towns in Mexico as well. Just like Charlotte, I have visited Tucson, and found myself enchanted with what is a very special place. Author Hester Young captures the unique desert atmosphere...the saguaro forests, the way the sun really does feel brighter, so much sky...very well. I love books that take me on a travel adventure, and both The Gates of Evangeline, and The Shimmering Road, did that very well. The Shimmering Road packed an extra punch in that it deals with the real-life, happening now, struggle of people living in danger and poverty near the border of Mexico. Hester Young has clearly done her research on this, and The Shimmering Road was both eye opening for me, as well as inspiring me to learn more about what life is like for folks living just south of the border. On top of this, the plot of The Shimmering Road whips along and is a lot of this book manages to be both an enjoyable read, as well as making me inspired to do/learn more. One thing I found frustrating was some of the attitudes that the author conveys through her characters (particularly the main character, Charlotte.) More about this in a bit....I want to do my thoughts justice. If it weren't for this, I would give the book 5 stars. As it is, I'd still rate The Shimmering Road as one of my top reads so far this year, and would definitely recommend it.

  • Teresa
    2019-01-26 14:01

    This book picks up a couple months after Young's first novel, heads up it would make a bit more sense if you read that one first ("The Gates of Evangeline").Charlie keeps seeing a vision of her and her unborn child getting shot in a shower of a hotel room, so both Noah and her are being pretty vigilant about avoiding hotel rooms. When Charlie gets a phone call informing her that her estranged mother and a half sister (she never knew about) have been killed and a niece is being placed in foster care Charlie decides (with much prodding from Noah) to meet this little girl and see what will happen. A thrilling mystery, with some undercurrents of paranormal themes, that also deals with some hot button topics. I just keep falling in love with Charlie and Noah more and more, excited to see if Young will write another book about these two!Thanks to Penguin for the ARC!

  • Amanda Morris
    2019-02-10 14:11

    Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.This book was amazing... Hester Young is an incredible author. I loved her first book, The Gates of Evangeline, and while this book shares a common thread in that it centers around Charlie Cates's unique psychic sensitivity, the story and location could not be more different. Young makes the beauty and intensity of the southwestern desert come alive, and paints an eerie picture of border cities and the seediness found there, in the same way that she made the sleepy Louisiana bayou spring to life in the prior book. I love Charlie's character. I think I read somewhere that this is supposed to be a trilogy, but if this ended up as an ongoing series of Charlie's adventures in solving mysteries I would NOT complain.

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-10 22:15

    I did enjoy this book, but learned early on that there was probably quite a bit that happened in the 1st book that I didn't know about. I felt like the story line kept referencing that & several times I wished that I'd read the 1st book before I read this. I had a bit of a time getting into the book at 1st, adjusting to the dream/premonition agenda....but after I got that figured out, I moved right on thru the story. I thought the author was very descriptive & I liked that. I also liked the setting of AZ & Nogales, Mexico....I haven't read too many books using that locale, so that was kind of refreshing. I did win this ARC in a First-To-Read giveaway program, in return for my own independent & honest review.

  • Kim Deutschman
    2019-02-03 19:23

    I really wanted this book to be as good as the first one, but it just wasn't. This book had less use for Charlie's visions, which was what I liked so much about the first book. Also, there,were a few mistakes (IMO) in this book such as (1) Charlie being welcomed at a gun range at 8 months pregnant (I've never been to a range that allowed pregnant women to shoot, much less welcomed them as Charlie was) and (2) Charlie eating a salad in a border town. Everyone knows the reason you "don't drink the water" .... and that also applies to eating food, like lettuce, washed in that water. That's a great opportunity to get violently ill. Hopefully the next book is better than this one.

  • Darren
    2019-02-21 19:56

    The author does a masterful job of taking the threads of a story and weaving them together to create a masterful tapestry of intrigue, suspense, and something you will not want to put down. What drives someone to lay everything aside and do what they need to do, all for a six-year-old little girl and an unborn child. Danger, a deep deep love, suspense, and much much more, awaits you in this book! Once you pick it up, you definitely will not want to put it down until you have turned the last page. This is definitely 10 stars out of five.

  • Candace
    2019-02-04 14:01

    I liked this one. It focused a lot more on her supernatural abilities, which I liked. I thought the first one only used it sparingly. I did laugh a little at the big reveal of the murderer and how they committed the cardinal sin of bad guys in telling their whole sordid tale and answering every questions asked so everything is neatly explained. Teresa's involvement seemed obvious, as did the selling babies angle. I thought it took a little too long to make progress, but ultimately it was a good read.

  • Quirkyreader
    2019-02-08 16:23

    I received this as an ARC from Penguin. I will admit this wonderful mystery did have a slow start. Then the plot turned and I was hooked. The story deals with many hot button issues, but that makes it even more enthralling. Throw in a growing relationship, murder, illegal immigration, and strange doings in Mexico and you have this story. The main character, Charlie, is very resilient and won't give up. I hope this continues to many volumes.

  • Gail Ofterdinger-Ledgister
    2019-02-13 16:11

    Charlie has a gift. She sees things that have happened in her dreams. She dreams her niece witnesses a double murder. Those killed are her mother and half sister. Charlie travels to Arizona to confront her family's demons. Her journey takes her into Mexico and the desert lands. This mystery has mysticism and evil forces at its root. My thanks to the author and the Penguin First to Read program for a complimentary copy.

  • Anastasia
    2019-01-31 17:00

    I really enjoyed this novel and got very caught up in the characters. You definitely have to suspend your disbelief for the supernatural stuff but that wasn't a problem for me. I mostly listened to this on audio and while generally I thought the reader did a great performance, her Spanish pronunciation was abysmal: When I switched to the written book, I was astonished at the differences between what I had heard and what I was reading.