The Burning Island

The Burning IslandThe Burning Island by Hester Young, Sonny Marr
Published by Century on June 7th 2018
Pages: 352
ISBN: 1780893833
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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 is outside her home waiting for an interview, she decides to take her annual “girls’ trip” with her best friend, Rae.

The two women go to the big Island of Hawaii where Charlie will be able to have a working vacation. The magazine she writes for has asked her to interview the prominent volcanologist, Victor Nakagawa. While on the island, Charlie learns that Mr. Nakagawa’s daughter, Lise has gone missing six weeks earlier. That would explain the visions she has been having about a missing local girl! Almost instantly Charlie is drawn to the case and she and her friend, Rae, decide to take matters into their own hands and attempt to learn the fate of the missing teen.

The women get a lot accomplished in a week including interviewing Mr. Nakagawa about his study of volcanoes and his iron-man training/participation; but they also get to tour the island, speak with those in the small town who knew Lise, and delve deeper into the teens disappearance. It becomes clear that many in this town have secrets, some have told lies and there are some who are not willing to face the truth.

This book is apparently the last in the series, but it worked extremely well as a stand-alone novel for me. I had no idea there were other books preceding this one! As the women experience Hawaii’s natural beauty, it soon becomes apparent that such a beautiful place hides ugly secrets. This book has some twists and turns which move the story along at a nice pace. Like Charlie, I desperately wanted to know the fate of the missing teen. Did she run away? Is she still alive? Did someone harm her? Is someone hiding her? Who knows the truth?

I enjoyed how the Author unraveled the truth bit by bit. The twists and turns all felt real and nothing came out of left field. Everything made sense, and nothing felt as if it were thrown in for the shock value. There is one revelation in this book that is cringe worthy but even that is handled with care. I found that after reading two chapters, I didn’t want to put this book down. I was along with Charlie and Rae as they attempted to gather information and learn the truth.

I found this book to be a very good mystery on the lighter side. By that I mean, there are no graphic scenes, nothing too disturbing, yet there is a feeling of dread and when they go walking in the forest at night, the book does take on an atmospheric feel, but the book does not feel heavy. The main character does have some abilities, but they fit naturally in the story and are not over the top.

Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.