Review of "Talking To The Dead"

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by Bonnie Grove

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition edition (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1434766411
ISBN-13: 978-1434766410

Description (Publisher Website)

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.

Review
OMG this is an incredible book! This was a story that I wasn't expecting from the description of the book. The raw emotion of the story catches hold of you and you can't let it go. There are parts of the story that almost seem too painful to keep going and yet you can't let it go. This id definitely a page turner that will go on my list of best fiction of the year! Even though this is a Christian book, there is no preaching in it. There is a character who is a Pastor, but that's not a huge focus. What religion is in the story is woven in very skilfully so that it doesn't feel glaring. I think every woman could read this and relate to some of the emotion in the story. This is Grove's first novel and I hope she keeps them coming. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next. This book is extraordinary - make sure you read it, you won't be disappointed. If you've read it, please let me know what you thought of it! This book gets a 5/5.

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