#FuturisticFriday review: The Shimmering Road by Hester Young


Photo Credit: Putnam Books, 2/14

This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

The Shimmering Road

Summary: 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 heal 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.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

After LOVING Hester’s debut, The Gates of Evangeline, I have been so ready to hear more from Charlie.

My body tensed each time Charlie would have a vision. Because when Charlie has visions, bad things are happening.

What I liked:

The cover!

Charlie. Charlie is strong. Charlie knows sadness and grief. She’s also on the verge of knowing more happiness. Charlie is complex- she’s got past issues that make accepting happiness- in the simplest forms possible-harder for her and THE SHIMMERING ROAD does a lot to help her make peace with her past.

The mystery. It was not straight forward. It twisted. It turned. It had many tentacles that all wove together to make a story that was entertaining, scary, suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat.


Bottom line: This book did not disappoint. AT ALL.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.* 

** THE SHIMMERING ROAD is a February 2017 #FuturisticFriday selection from Traveling With T.**


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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4 thoughts on “#FuturisticFriday review: The Shimmering Road by Hester Young

  1. Charlie sounds like my kinda character! She sounds so real and relatable. And I love a novel with twists and turns! Thank you for your great review. Looking forward to giving this one a read!

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