Hester Young’s debut novel Gates of Evangeline is a gripping tale of missing children and family secrets. After suffering the terrible loss of her son, Charlie is having a hard time readjusting to life. To complicate matters, she has started having visions of children in trouble and is realizing her visions come true. When her old boss contacts her out of the blue for a job opportunity she decides a change is just what she needs (not to mention the little boy in her vision is asking her to come and help him). Leaving New York City behind, Charlie temporarily moves to Louisiana to research and write a book on the thirty year old cold case of the disappearance of a little boy. However, he wasn’t from your typical family but in fact an old southern genteel family with plenty of secrets.
Young’s writing is great. The book is filled with twists and turns and just a hint of the paranormal which make you keep coming back. I am a sucker for southern books these days and Young does a great job of capturing the atmosphere and southern drawl. The characters are interesting and developed and you want to know what everyone is hiding. This is a great book for mystery enthusiasts as well as contemporary fiction readers. There is a mystery that carries the novel, but you become involved with all of the characters and their story as well.