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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove (Book Review)


Title: Talking to the Dead
Author: Bonnie Grove
Publisher: David C. Cook

First sentence: Kevin was dead and the people in my house wouldn't go home.

About the book: Kate Davis has just lost her husband, Kevin. They had only been married a few years. They hadn't even started a family yet. They had been in love since the day they met - and now he was gone.

Kate doesn't know how she is going to cope without him - and she seems to have lost months of her memory. Then one day after the funeral, she hears his voice. Is she crazy or is she really talking to her dead husband?

Kate's story of how she learns to deal with her grief is interspersed with glimpses of her past as she slowly - slowly regains her memories. She tries to find answers as to why she can hear her husband through therapy, but can't seem to find a therapist that 'fits'.

After attending a group therapy session for dealing with grief, she has a chance encounter with Jack - who turns out to be a pastor of a congregation that is a little unusual.

Talking to the Dead portrays a woman dealing with grief in the only way she knew how. She remains entrenched in her sorrow until Kevin's secret explodes and forces her into action.
The question is - will Kate be able to keep it together as her memories resurface and will she discover the secret that Kevin was keeping? Will she be strong enough for a new beginning?

I enjoyed this book and liked the way we learned about her past through glimpses. It sort of reminded me of the movie Premonition with Sandra Bullock - the way her memories are regained with glimpses here and there - so you don't know the whole story until the end. (That is the only similarity with the movie, so don't be thrown by this comparison.)

Read the first chapter and see the trailer of Talking to the Dead.

About the author: Bonnie Grove developed and wrote social programs for families at risk before landing her first publishing deal for Working Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You. Talking to the Dead is her first novel. Grove and her pastor husband, Steve, have two children; they live in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Talking to the Dead
Publisher/Publication Date: David C. Cook, June 2009
ISBN: 9781434766410
384 pages

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2 comments:

Esme said...

Lucky you winning The Last Child, I hope you do a review of it.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds like a book that would suck me in right from the start! Great review.

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