In a Nutshell
I loved this book – especially the audio! The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young is a Southern Gothic mystery that just hit the spot for me with dark visions and deeply buried family secrets at every turn. This debut novel is the first in the Charlie Cates trilogy and it is such a creepy thriller type of story that had me listening every second I could. What a perfect listen … or read for October with Halloween around the corner!
This is a fabulous audio. Coming in at fourteen hours and with January LaVoy narrating you are sure to be absolutely riveted to your listening device. I’ve listened to a few books narrated by January LaVoy and she’s really terrific. She is so talented with voices and emotions that it’s like watching a movie in your head and that is exactly what I’m looking for in a good audiobook.
Charlotte (Charlie) has been struggling having recently lost her son. She starts to have horrible nightmares involving children and puts it down to the loss of her son but soon enough she realizes that there is more to it than that. Somebody, somewhere is trying to communicate something to her. The only problem is that Charlie can’t make heads or tails of her dreams and she needs to be able to if she’s going to be of any help. After one particular dream Charlie becomes embroiled in a case of a child that went missing thirty years ago and this is how she comes to be at Evangeline. Evangeline is full of secrets just waiting to be brought to the light of day. Even more Evangeline turns out to be a place where Charlie can find herself again and begin to heal her broken heart.
Did I Fancy It
I think we already determined that I loved this book. I love the Gothic tone of the novel, the mystery, and mostly just the spookiness I felt as I listened. Audiobooks are awesome in that way and it’s one of my favorite things about them. If you have a great narrator like January LaVoy you are literally transported right into that story and for me there is nothing better than that. Highly recommended!