The Shimmering Road

The Shimmering Road

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A pulse-pounding mystery from the author of The Gates of Evangeline featuring Charlotte "Charlie" Cates, an unforgettable heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will save or destroy those around her . . .

When 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 learns 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 Charlie never knew she had--has left behind a child, a little 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 past.

To untangle the web of secrets that will reveal the truth of her nightmares, Charlie can no longer 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 rumored to have been seeing again on the sly? Was her mother's charity work in Mexico really as selfless as it seemed? And most important of all, what did her niece really witness on the night of the murders?

The search for answers leads 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 desert.

A thrilling mystery that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist that is unputdownable. If you love Kate Atkinson and Alice Sebold, you should not miss Hester Young.
Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399174018
Branch Call Number: FIC Young
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 24 cm

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Jun 17, 2017

This sequel was not as good as the first book, but it was good enough to to justify my time reading it. I did think Charlie putting herself in so many dangerous situations when she was 8 months pregnant was pretty unrealistic. Noah's speech also drove me crazy. All the dropped "g's" were annoying. Did he talk that way in the first book? I can't remember. The mystery kept me going back forth as to who I thought was the killer and ultimately kept me turning the pages.

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