Even the ending holds the promise of a riveting third book. However, the structure of the plot holds few surprises as there are very few twists and turns. The personalities in this story seem driven by their brokenness or flaws and faults in their makeup. Bethany Rutledge a medical doctor is dedicated, confident and caring. She's haunted by her daughter's death and cruelly pursued by her smooth-talking, controlling ex-husband Adrian Mountzaire who wants her locked away to save his declining political career.
Luke Stone, a tracker uses his paranormal skills to look for lost and abducted children. A kind-hearted and decent man he finds a reawakening of the heart he thought frozen after the death of his wife. The Shirley sisters- Druscylla and Amalthea- are refined, polite but very reclusive. Druscylla haunted by an old injury is malformed and fearful while Amalthea is overly protective of her sister and very compassionate. I would have liked more complexity in the personalities of the characters which would have heightened the tension, drama and power of the story.
However I enjoyed "Gallows Ascending" and rate it a 3. I intend to read all the books in this series.
Nov 27, Ashok rated it really liked it. I thank Leigh Podgorski for giving me a free soft copy of the paranormal thriller Gallows Ascending sequel of her introductory book, Desert Chimera in the Stone Quest series for a free review.
Gallows Ascending continues the story of psychic tracker Luke Stone who has settled in the small seaside village New Camen after he lost his wife to Consuelo to cancer and is using his psychic powers to find missing children. Beth Rutledge, a paediatrician, is suspected of killing her child who was suf I thank Leigh Podgorski for giving me a free soft copy of the paranormal thriller Gallows Ascending sequel of her introductory book, Desert Chimera in the Stone Quest series for a free review.https://fr.hijudore.tk
Beth Rutledge, a paediatrician, is suspected of killing her child who was suffering from leukaemia, and loses her hospital privileges until the case is settled. Chance leads her to the same village and into Luke's life. The thrilling prequel of this novel shows a young woman Ruth Blay being publicly hanged to death over years ago, and this is a recurring nightmare for Dr. Then Dr. Beth's husband is murdered, and she is found next to him, so she is obviously the prime suspect… Lots of unexpected twists and turns and a jolly good read.
BUT, there are several spelling errors, missing quotes, over-long sentences, opening quotes instead of apostrophes. AND a little more background of Desert Chimera would give more depth to the tale. Oct 28, Aimee Ann rated it it was amazing. 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 t Gallows Ascending is a fast-paced mystery that enthralled and entertained me from beginning to end! 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.
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.
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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.
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. This just shows you what a talented writer Podgorski is; she makes you invest in her characters.
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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!
Aug 31, David Thompson rated it it was amazing. Gallows Ascending is the second book in the Stone Quest series and adds more depth to the well-loved characters we met in book one. The story follows psychic Luke Stone who has lost his wife Consuelo and now resides in the tiny village of New Camen. A new romantic interest is in the works, but the truly unique facet of the book is the juxtaposition of the modern tale with a year old lynching of a Ruth Blay ancestor to a new character Dr.
Beth Rutledge. Lots of unexpected plot twists and old relationships are uncovered.
A wonderful sequel to Desert Chimera. Oct 09, A Reader's Heaven rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , thrillers , paranormal , urban-fantasy. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Accused of the murder of her e I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this novella. The characters feel really good to me - I was able to connect really easily with Beth, in particular.
Is that where your inspiration comes from? In , I had the distinct privilege of interviewing Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross for my one-act play Windstorm. Here was a celebrated doctor who had penetrated the fourth wall, who saw visions, who communicated with the dead, and who, through her visions, taught us more about, as she said, not how to die, but how to live.
Saubel, like Dr Ross, was a great healer, and a great visionary. From her oral history, I wrote first the play We Are Still Here; then, as a recipient of a California Council for the Humanities grant, I adapted the play for a documentary of the same title. I have been writing in all kinds of genres for half a century.
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