Review of The Burning Island by Hester Young

4 out of 5 stars


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 instantly becomes a hero and everyone wants to know how she did it. When reporters start digging into her past they find out this isn’t the first time she’s done it and news of her “psychic” abilities spreads like wildfire. Wanting to get away from the reporters and her publicist Charlie and her best friend Rae decide to go on a girls week to Hawaii and forget everything that’s happening at home. As Charlie is a journalist she decides to turn the trip into an article for a magazine and turns to Victor, an Ironman competitor and someone who knows a lot about the volcanoes in Hawaii. After having a dream about a girl in danger, Charlie finds out that Victor’s daughter has been missing for over 2 months and realizes the dream she had was about her. Charlie must decide if she wants to continue using her “gift” even when the locals are trying their hardest to scare her off.

I actually found myself really enjoying this book. I liked the amount of supernatural it had in it, not too much to where I would consider this a sci-fi book but just enough to where it intrigued me enough to keep reading. The level of suspense was great especially at the end and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I was reading certain parts of the book. The whole time you’re thinking so-and-so committed the crime and then you get thrown for a huge loop.

Hester Young’s writing is clear and her story telling is great. I hope to read more of her work and I hope it’s as good as this one was!

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