Praise for The Gates of Evangeline

“Young’s The Gates of Evangeline is a stunning debut novel. A lyrical, haunting, heart-wrenching work of suspense with echoes of du Maurier, Hitchcock, and King.” 
—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s The Devil Wins

“In Hester Young’s haunted Louisiana, the ghostly labyrinth of the past opens its great doors to deliver up a lush gothic thriller. The Gates of Evangeline is a darkly marvelous debut, a classic whodunnit stitched with otherworldly chills.”
—Jedediah Berry, author of the Hammett-prize winning The Manual of Detection

“Step through The Gates of Evangeline with Charlotte Cates, a grief-stricken Northerner tasked with uncovering a Southern dynasty’s dark secrets. Hair-raising and heart-rending, Hester Young’s first novel is one of buried shame, children taken too soon, and, ultimately, of immense true love that binds across the mortal divide.” 
  —Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, New York Times best-selling author of Bittersweet

"...powerful and captivating” 
  —New Orleans Magazine

“What a delicious book! Gripping and atmospheric—with a heart-stopping twist—The Gates of Evangeline is an imaginative blend of southern gothic, family epic and spooky whodunit. Trust me: you won’t just read Hester Young’s debut, you will absorb this gorgeous novel using all ‘six’ senses.” 
—Jillian Medoff, bestselling author of I Couldn’t Love You More and Hunger Point

“[T]he hothouse atmosphere of Evangeline and the tortuous and tangled motives of its denizens make for an enjoyable puzzle box of a mystery. An eerie but inviting debut.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Hester Young’s The Gates of Evangeline is not just a riveting story about the search for a long missing child. It’s also a powerful and haunting examination of a mother’s grief and her long road to recovery. Hester Young’s protagonist, Charlotte “Charlie” Cates, is tough and vulnerable, wounded and fearless, and I simply could not stop reading this thrilling, beautifully written Southern Gothic mystery. I can’t wait for the next entry in this captivating new series.”
 —David Bell, author of Cemetery Girl and Somebody I Used to Know