Afterthoughts (Minds Benders – 1) by Lynn Tincher
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Detective Paige Aldridge’s family are prey for a serial killer. Desperate to help her sister, she is determined to find out who is behind it all. After being the victim of a kidnapping, she is traumatized by memories she does not know she has. She sees visions of the murders and believes she is being followed by someone she’s only seen in the shadows. Trying to run from her dreams, she is sent spiraling down a path of self doubt, fear and betrayal. Paige finds an unlikely friend that tries to help her by telling her unbelievable things. Teamed up with her partner, Jay, she tries to put all of the pieces together. Are all of these things connected? Will Jay believe in her and most importantly will Paige believe in herself? Are the memories true or is it just an elaborate mind game? Can she get her thoughts together before it’s too late?
We start with Detective Paige Aldridge at her brother-in-law, Anthony’s election party. After it is announced that he is reelected as senator Paige has to hurry off to a stakeout that goes wrong. When she goes to burn off some steam she gets the call that Anthony has been found strangled and all signs point to his son Richie and a week later Richie has committed suicide. But there is more to this case than just a murder suicide and it becomes clear that something is going on.
As Paige is working through this she is also having flashbacks. Paige disappeared for two months, which she doesn’t remember. It was clear that she was abducted and abused but she has no memory of the event. When she starts getting flashes and visions she doesn’t know what to think of them. But the guy that kidnapped her has not forgotten about her and clearly wants to keep playing with her.
I admit that I had a hard time getting used to Paige. She is such a bull-headed, difficult person. But when you learn more about her and her past you can understand why. I did feel really sorry for her with the murders and her own abduction. Then learning about her own abilities was a great addition.
This was a great read. I easily got sucked into it and didn’t realize that I had finished the book in one sitting. I can’t wait to read Left in the Dark and see what happens to Paige next.
I received a copy of Afterthoughts from White Handed PR for free in exchange for an honest review.
The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young
(Excerpt from Goodreads) From a unique new talent comes a fast-paced debut, introducing a heroine whose dark visions bring to light secrets that will heal or destroy those around her . . .
When New York journalist and recently bereaved mother Charlotte “Charlie” Cates begins to experience vivid dreams about children she’s sure that she’s lost her mind. Yet these are not the nightmares of a grieving parent, she soon realizes. They are messages and warnings that will help Charlie and the children she sees, if only she can make sense of them.
After a little boy in a boat appears in Charlie’s dreams asking for her help, Charlie finds herself entangled in a thirty-year-old missing-child case that has never ceased to haunt Louisiana’s prestigious Deveau family. Armed with an invitation to Evangeline, the family’s sprawling estate, Charlie heads south, where new friendships and an unlikely romance bring healing. But as she uncovers long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal, and murder, the facts begin to implicate those she most wants to trust—and her visions reveal an evil closer than she could’ve imagined.A Southern Gothic mystery debut that combines literary suspense and romance with a mystical twist, The Gates of Evangeline is a story that readers of Gillian Flynn, Kate Atkinson, and Alice Sebold won’t be able to put down.
Charlie Cates recently has lost her 3 year old son. She is still in mourning when she starts having nightmares of another little boy asking for help. She initially just thinks it is from the loss of her own son. But then she is offered the opportunity to write a book on the disappearance of Gabriel Deveau from the Evangaline estate in 1982.
Charlie accepts the offer to stay at the plantation while doing her research and learns that the little boy in her nightmares is Gabriel and he needs her help. She also starts having dreams of other children that need her help. But this is not going to be an easy research assignment. There are years of family secrets, mysteries, and betrayals on the Evangaline estate. Hopefully Charlie can help Gabriel and the other children she dreams.
I loved this story. It has the gothic southern mystery with an extended family with all kinds of secrets. I felt for Charlie with the loss of her own son and loved how she decided to follow the nightmares and help the children. There is a little romance thrown in for Charlie but I loved how it enhanced the story instead of taking over.
This is a great mystery that takes place in a plantation in Louisiana. Make sure to check it out. I am very curious to see what happens in the next book.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.