Saturday, October 3, 2009

Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1434766410

Book Summary:

Twenty-something Kate Davis can't seem to get this grieving widow thing right. She's supposed to put on a brave face and get on with her life, right? Instead she's camped out on her living room floor, unwashed, unkempt, and unable to sleep-because her husband Kevin keeps talking to her.

Is she losing her mind?

Kate's attempts to find the source of the voice she hears are both humorous and humiliating, as she turns first to an "eclectically spiritual" counselor, then a shrink with a bad toupee, a mean-spirited exorcist, and finally group therapy. There she meets Jack, the warmhearted, unconventional pastor of a ramshackle church, and at last the voice subsides. But when she stumbles upon a secret Kevin was keeping, Kate's fragile hold on the present threatens to implode under the weight of the past . and Kevin begins to shout.
Will the voice ever stop?

Kate must confront her grief to find the grace to go on, in this tender, quirky story about second chances

My Review:

This is a wonderful book. I just read it in one night. I ignored my growling stomach to turn one more page. From the first page I was drawn in to the story of Kate and the death of her husband Kevin and how it was affecting her. But the story goes way beyond the simple plot of unexpected death of spouse and moving on. I am not going to give away any plot spoilers though. It is well written and does deal with some serious topics although it is not a heavy depressing novel. I felt the emotions of Kate and cared about what happened next. There are elements of spiritual, romance, and a little humor in the middle of the serious topics including mental illness. Overall it is a well written captivating book. I highly recommend this book. :)


Zia said...

This sounds really good.

Lady Araujo said...

When I read the title some minitus ago I thought... I'd never read it! After reading your review I've changed my mind. Sounds great! Thanks.

Kristi said...

I have read this book and also really enjoyed it. For some reason it reminded me of the movie Premonition with Sandra Bullock, but I have no idea why - as they really aren't alike at all. I know - weird.

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