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The Burning Island

(Charlie Cates #3)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  29 reviews
The newest haunting mystery from the beloved author of The Gates of Evangeline, featuring Charlie Cates, a headstrong heroine who must confront her unwanted supernatural gift and bring dark secrets to light if she ever wants to leave the Big Island . . .

Journalist Charlie Cates has always believed in facts, in what can be proved--her career depends on it. Which is why she
Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Charlotte "Charlie" Cates is a journalist with supernatural visions/abilities which help her to find missing children- both living and dead. When she locates a local missing child and reunites him with his family, she is thrown into the limelight and gets unwanted media attention. She has tried to keep her abilities under wraps, but now that her abilities have been made known, she is extremely uncomfortable with the interest and attention which she is receiving from the public. While the media i ...more
The Burning Island is a fast paced, well written, slightly paranormal suspense novel that will knock your socks off!

Charlotte “Charlie” Cates is a journalist who believes in facts. This is why she hasn’t fully accepted the “fact” that she is having vivid dreams and visions of children who need her help. After her latest adventure, saving a young boy who was near death in the Arizona desert, all Charlie wants to do is get away – from the dreams, the drama and the press who are hounding her every
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
3.5 stars

Charlotte "Charlie" Cates is a journalist with a front page worthy secret:  she has dreams/visions that allow her to find missing children.  

"I have two young daughters. Less than five years ago, I buried a son. I know what it means to lose a child." *

When twelve-year-old Alex Rocio goes missing near her home in Tucson, she doesn't hesitate to hike dangerous Sabino Canyon, currently closed to the public, with her fiancee Noah.

"I dreamed of a boy's bicycle lying abandoned in a ditch, an
Carla Johnson-Hicks
When I requested this book, I had no idea it was the third in a series or trilogy. Having said that, it worked fine as a stand alone. I had no problem following or enjoying this mystery/suspenseful story. Charlotte "Charlie" Cates is a journalist with two daughters and engaged to Noah. She has a gift where she dreams about children who are in trouble. Some are already dead and she is able to locate their bodies, but sometimes they are alive and she is able to save them. When she finds a young bo ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of the first two books in the Charlie Cates series, I was thrilled to get this through Penguin First to Read for an honest review.
The book starts with Charlie and fiancé, Noah, out in the Arizona desert searching for a young boy that disappeared a few days ago. Charlie had a vision and is determined to find him regardless of this part of the desert being closed due to recent cougar attacks.
After she finds him, she and Noah are taken to the police station to find out how Charlie k
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Penguin's First to Read for a digital ARC of this book.

This is the third in what I believe is to be a trilogy. Because I got this as an ARC with a limited timeframe to review, I didn't get a chance to read the first two in the series. I usually like to read series books in order because the character development is more nuanced and enjoyable. I wish I had read the others in this series--in fact, the first looks rather good--but this one does do well as a stand alone.

There were things
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, edelweiss
Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

Probably 3.5ish stars, rounded.

The Burning Island is the third in the Charlie Cates series, and I'd recommend reading the first two for context as there are vague references to previous events in this book, but Charlie's backstory isn't thoroughly explained. Once again, Hester Young has set the story in a really vivid setting (Hawaii's Big Island), and the added danger of the ocean and volcanos plays a role in the
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.
3.5-star read

I received a digital review copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

We were all introduced to Charlotte "Charlie" Cates in The Gates of Evangeline. (If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it...again!). Since then, Charlie has relocated to the Southwest, enlarged her family, and continues to struggle with her paranormal or "psychic" gifts. The Burning Island begins with Charlie out with her fiancé, Noah Palmer, in an attempt to locate a missing boy. They
Kathy Martin
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Cates is a reporter who works for a fitness magazine. She is also hiding a secret. Occasionally she will have vivid dreams about children in danger. After her recent episode which leads to finding a lost child in a nearby desert park, she is outed and becomes famous. She never wanted that.

In order to get away from the reporters haunting her yard and the never-ending phone calls, Charlie and her best friend Rae decide to leave the fiance and kids behind and take one of their annual girls'
Megan Leprich
Thank you to Penguin First to Read for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first book I've read by Hester Young and I liked that I didn't have to read the first two books in the series to know what was going on in this one. I was never confused about who the characters were and it never referenced back to something that happened in a previous novel so that was definitely a bonus for me.

When occasional clairvoyant Charlie finds a missing boy, she i
I want to give a huge, HUUUGE THANK YOU to GP Putnum's Sons for my ARC copy of THE BURNING ISLAND and an even bigger shout-out to Hester Young for writing it.


This is my first Hester Young story, and one that has me searching out her other works.

I...I really don't have words.
This was a hard book to put down.

Charlie and her sixth-sense and Rea and her can-do-attitude are two gal-pals easy to like and even easier to root for as their attempt to solve the mystery of a missing
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Cates is back and her psychic ability to find missing children is out in the open. Deciding to escape the intrusive assaults on her private life she decided to travel to Hawaii with her best friend Rae, on what is suppose to be a girls getaway. Well you may evade your home life, but your clairvoyance is another matter. Visions of missing children do not take a holiday and Charlie finds herself embroiled in the disappearance of a young girl and a whole host of other strange occurrences.

Jay bookworm
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-own-it, won
What a ride! Definitely a page turner. The author was able to grab my undivided attention within the first 20 pages and that doesn’t often happen. Thank you Goodreads and Putnam publishing for the advance reader edition. This is the third novel in the Charlotte Cates series and the first of the three that I’ve read. It works just fine as a standalone book, but I enjoyed it so much, I now want to read the other two. It’s easy to like the main character who is our “detective” journalist who has ps ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Thanks to Penguin/FirsttoRead for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

This is a very okay story. I didn't know it was part of a series when I first started, but it's clear that you need not have read the earlier books.

What I enjoyed most was the writing about the Big Island and descriptions of the landscape. Beyond that the mystery is predictable and key moments telegraphed early enough on in the story that you are just anticipating their occurrence towards the end.
Cristin Grenier
I give The Burning Island a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed it. I did not realize it was part of a series. It did not leave me too confused and read well as a stand alone. I really enjoyed Young's writing style. I was pulled in from the start and riveted til the end. The book did seem a little long.

Charlie is a clairvoyant of sorts and her sight helps her to see kids that are in trouble and hopefully help them in time. After her gift goes public she and her friend Rae disappear to Hawaii fo
Mary Olson
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series and look forward to Charlie’s next case. As with her two previous novels, Hester Young combines a strong sense of place—this time, The Big Island—with well-developed, intriguing characters who have complex personalities. Sometimes I figure out the plot about 2/3 through a mystery, but I didn’t see the twists coming in this novel. I also respect how the ending wasn’t perfectly wrapped up. The author has a healthy understanding of crime and its weight on the psyche of both perpe ...more
Jenny T.
Charlie Cates wants to escape reporters who have recently learned about her supernatural visions so she meets her friend, Rae Shapiro, for a Girls' Week on the Big Island of Hawaii. Unfortunately the vacation turns into something else when Charlie finds herself searching for a missing teen girl. The author uses the tropical setting for the 50th state to create a wild background for the uncovering of many family secrets and adds the right amount of thrill to this read. (It also had me thinking if ...more
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyable! I jumped right into this not having any idea it was the latest in a series and was pleased to realize I didn't need to have any of that background information to easily slip right into the story and to find the characters instantly likable and relatable. This was a very fast read that really kept me turning pages and I found the mystery to be well done with enough twists to keep me interested and enough red herrings to keep me guessing through the entire read. M ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good! Suspenseful writing, interesting characters and a fast moving plot. The story centers on Charlie, a journalist who also has psychic abilities which enable her to find missing children. Following a particularly high profile case, she escapes to Big Island for a girls' weekend, but finds herself entangled in another case before too long. The reveal at the end is a bit of a surprise - it's easy to start suspecting all the characters as the author gives nothing away. It defini ...more
I absolutely loved this book. It was a fast suspenseful novel I couldn't wait to finish because I just had to know what happened to Lise and Charlie.

I like how Hester Young has Charlie struggling with her abilities. Charlie seems to be struggling with who she is and is slowly finding her way.

This was the latest installment with Charlie as the main character and it totally works on its own. You did not have to read the first book first. I will pick up Hester's first book because I liked this on
I received a ARC copy of this book from Penguin First to Read in exchange for an honest review.
This is the third book in the Charlie Cates series. I have not read the predecessors. You do not have to read the previous two to appreciate and follow this novel.
Although I enjoyed the overall mystery, the setting, and the plot twists of The Burning Island, I did predict a few of the pot twists and I felt a lot of the characters’ discussions were heavy with exposition, which got a little tedious.
I did
Lisa Robbins
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was full of twists! The characters were interesting and well developed. I enjoyed reading about the adventures Charlie and Rae had in Hawaii. I was definitely kept on my toes throughout with all of the twists and events. I'm definitely going to be looking for more by this author! Entertaining read!

Thanks to Penguin's First to Read program for an advanced copy of this book.
Sarah Bowe
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to be able to read the end Charlie's unique visions follow her there and get her entangled in a missing persons case. There are some very intense and crazy moments and I was never sure who the "bad guy" would turn out to be.
Hester's writing is superb and reads easily. I read through the last 50% really quickly!
As much as I tried I was not able to like this book.
It's well written, the characters are lively and it's quite fast paced.
Unfortunately it fell flat.
Many thanks to G.P. Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss for this ARC
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Won an ARC from FirsttoRead.

Well written, great story. Enough back story was given that I didn't feel lost not having read the previous books in the series. I'm now intrigued and will be searching for the previous 2 books.
Not bad, hadn’t read the other two in the series when I got this one on first to read.
Don’t need to have read the others to enjoy.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was incredible. It had twists and turns that I didn't see coming but it was believable all throughout. I learned a lot about islands and volcanoes, was completely immersed in the characters and couldn't put it down at the end. I keep thinking about this story even though I finished it well over a week ago. It was suspenseful but fun and a great read! The voice was lovely and the characters well developed. It wasn't difficult to keep all of the people straight. The story talks about fam ...more
Jessi Brewer
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this novel! I instantly became Gloriously lost in it from the first sentence to the last.The characters breathe life and its very much as though you know them on a personal level. I have read all of Hester Young's novels, and have been invested in the life of Charlie Cates from book 1. With the thrills, mystery, and suspense of a thriller, and a slight air of paranormal, just for good is impossible not to have your nose buried in this title until the end! Hester Young added ...more
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Hester Young has lived in Boston, London, Tucson, Honolulu, and central New Jersey. A mother of two, she was a teacher for ten years before becoming a full-time writer. Her first novel, THE GATES OF EVANGELINE, was inspired by a family tragedy and a mysterious dream. Its sequel, THE SHIMMERING ROAD, will be released in February 2017.

Other books in the series

Charlie Cates (3 books)
  • The Gates of Evangeline  (Charlie Cates, #1)
  • The Shimmering Road (Charlie Cates, #2)