EVOCATIVE HAWAIIAN SETTING: Each book in Hester Young’s trilogy has been set in a distinct and eerie location, but THE BURNING ISLAND takes place in the most alluring locale yet.
IN-HOUSE AND BOOKSELLER FAVORITE: Young’s books have garnered overwhelming in-house excitement and is a favorite among booksellers.THE GATES OF EVANGELINE was named a Publishers Weekly best book of 2015, a September Indie Next Pick, a Mysterious Bookshop First Mystery Club Selection, a SIBA Summer Okra Pick, one of Mysterious Magazine’s Best Books of 2015, and a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards for “Best First Novel.” She is a star on the rise and ripe for success. THE SHIMMERING ROAD has received glowing reviews, including a starred review from Booklist.
WORKS AS A STAND ALONE: Although this is the third book in a series, it also stands strongly on its own. With a new supporting cast of characters and heart-stopping mystery, this new book will appeal to fans of the other Charlie Cates books as well as new readers alike.
TIED TO PAPERBACK PUBLICATION: The paperback edition of THE SHIMMERING ROAD will feature a teaser chapter from THE BURNING ISLAND.
“Brace for a hair-raising cliff dive into waters dark and deep.”—Publishers Weekly
“Young engagingly weaves Hawaiian mythology, history, and sociology into a novel of suspense in a vividly portrayed setting, whetting the appetite for more of this psychic protagonist.”—Booklist
“I hate to say goodbye to Charlie Cates, the fierce and endearing heroine whose dark visions drive her to help missing children, living or dead. Young masterfully crafts a dread-tinged atmosphere of dense forests and fog-shrouded volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii as the backdrop for Charlie’s final adventure. Not knowing whether her visions show the past or the future, Charlie races to save a missing girl before it’s too late. The suspense ratchets higher as Charlie begins to wonder whether she will survive to return to her own children and the family she has built with Noah. A haunting and immersive mystery, and a deeply satisfying finale to the trilogy.”
-Laura McHugh, author of The Weight of Blood and Arrowood
“From the bayou of Louisiana to the desert of Arizona, Hester Young knows how to transport her readers. And her latest book is no exception as she brings the Big Island of Hawaii to vibrant, and timely, life. I’m always a little sad to say good-bye to a series as good as this one, but The Burning Island, with its well-drawn characters and expertly plotted story, is a perfect and satisfying end to the Charlie Cates mysteries.” -Amy Engel, author of The Roanoke Girls
“Hester Young creates a Hawaii that is beautiful, seductive—and full of secrets. This is no island paradise. Full of twists, The Burning Island delivers an ending you won’t see coming.” - Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger
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