Gallows Ascending continues the saga of tracker and psychic visionary Luke Stone in Book Two of the Stone Quest Series.
It has been thirteen years since Luke’s confrontation in the desert with his nemesis, black magician Armand Jacobi. Luke’s wife Consuelo, whom he met at Eppie Falco’s Desert Inn and Café has died, and Luke has placed himself once again in exile. This time, his wanderings have brought him to the seaside village of New Camen, New Hampshire.
Into his self-imposed solitude drops Dr. Bethany Rutledge. Accused of the murder of her eight year old daughter, stripped of her license to practice medicine, her marriage to politician Adrian Mountzaire in tatters, Beth Rutledge is haunted nightly by the chilling vision of a young woman’s brutal death by hanging.
Adding to this mix is the disappearance of an adolescent boy that appears to be centered in the tiny hamlet of New Camen. Then, Adrian Mountzaire turns up dead with his estranged wife Beth Rutledge lying in the sand beside him.
Despite his best efforts to resist the temptation, Luke is falling in love with Beth Rutledge, and she with him. Beth has unlocked the frozen reaches of his heart–the heart that was frozen when his beloved Consuelo was taken by breast cancer several years before and he could do nothing to save her.
Now, Luke must not only find the lost boy, but find the real killer of Adrian Mountzaire in order to save his beloved from the same fate that haunts her restless dreams.
Gallows Ascending is a fast-paced mystery that enthralled and entertained me from beginning to end! This second book has blown me away; this book is the second book in the Stone Quest series, written by the wonderfully talented Leigh Podgorski. This is the second book after Desert Chimera; Desert Chimera was a thrilling book that I adored, I gave this book a five-star rating so of course, I was nervous that this book would not live up to the high level of brilliance that I found the first book to be. However! I am happy to say that this book did and actually, I think I preferred it! A lot of readers say they do not love sequels but I personally love them, the first book in a series is written to entice the reader, to draw them into the plot of the novel and get them invested in the characters. Podgorski has done this perfectly with Desert Chimera and in Gallows Ascending she takes the reader on a journey, deeper into the plot of the novel and it makes for a thrilling, haunting, intense book!
Once again the reader is introduced to the great psychic tracker, Luke Stone. Stone has settled in a small seaside town called New Camen after the loss of his loving wife to cancer, and he is now using his gifted psychic powers to find missing children. This is where we are introduced to Dr. Beth Rutledge, Rutledge is a pediatrician who has been accused of killing her sick child, who has been suffering from leukemia. This is, of course, a hard-hitting plot and at times I found it hard but at the core of the story was this enticing, brilliant story and that spurred me on to read even more. What happens next in this novel is quite shocking but mesmerizing at the same time so at this point in my review I am not going to discuss the plot even more but what I will say is that Luke and Beth come crashing into each other’s lives and from there strange but incredible things happen!
The tracker element within this story is phenomenal; the supernatural elements are once again brilliant. I love Luke, and I love his power, it takes a lot for him to harness and control it and I love how this theme is explored in the book. Podgorski brings his character to another level, he already had so many brilliant levels but now they have deepened, and we see his full character, it is almost like a psychological study, and I love that. I adore psychology so learning more about a character but on a deeper, more intimate level is brilliant to me!
Once again Leigh Podgorski, the author of this fantastic series has floored me with exceptional writing as well as her excellent character development and beautiful descriptions. Podgorski writes in a way that you feel as if you are there… at the moment. You can hear the sounds that swarm; you can feel as if you are amongst the places described and you can certainly feel the characters feelings the whole way through. I certainly felt Luke’s pain for his wife, love is a beautiful thing, and if that is ripped from you it will hurt so I felt his anguish. This just shows you what a talented writer Podgorski is; she makes you invest in her characters. Her characters do not even feel as if they are characters at some points; they feel as if they are real people who you have grown to know and care for, so I really am impressed by Podgorski’s immense talent.
To conclude my thoughts on this brilliant, supernatural mystery, I would say, if you are in dire need of a book that will actually entertain and thrill you from beginning to end then this exceptional book is for you! This excellent book gets a shining, Five Stars from me!
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