Hester Young’s debut novel The Gates of Evangeline was praised in Shelf Awareness as “a wonderfully evocative, chilling mystery layered with themes of love, faith and devotion that is sure to haunt readers’ dreams long after they’ve turned the last page.” Kirkus also reviewed Young’s “eerie but inviting debut,” writing that “the hothouse atmosphere of Evangeline and the tortuous and tangled motives of its denizens make for an enjoyable puzzle box of a mystery.” Publisher’s Weekly gave Gates of Evangeline a starred review, calling it “haunting, heartbreaking, yet ultimately hopeful.”