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Talking to the Dead: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Bonnie Grove
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Book Description

Twentysomething 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.

Editorial Reviews


"Beautifully done!  I can't wait to read the next story she writes."                           

                                                                                                            Francine Rivers, best-selling author of Redeeming Love.


"Beautifully done!  I can't wait to read the next story she writes."                           

                                                                                                            Francine Rivers, best-selling author of Redeeming Love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 906 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about this one. March 4, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I want to say that this book is not for the faint of heart. But let me clarify.

I rated this book with 4 stars, saying that I liked it. I liked it, in that the story itself was good. It was well written, flowed well, and held my interest with the character development and drama. However, as far as the subjecdt matter, I didn't like it at all. It's basically about this woman who hears her husband's voice after he's dead, and seemingly starts to lose her mind. As the story develops, we find out more about his life, their marriage, his death, and frankly, the book was depressing. While I was sucked in, and wanted to keep reading it, it was almost akin to wanting to watch a car accident. You're drawn to the drama, just to see what happens next. Thankfully the book does end on a good note.

I'd be careful who I recommended this book to. I definitely wouldn't recommend it to someone who's recently lost a spouse, or relative. I'd say you almost need to be in a really good, strong place mentally before you pick up this book. But, maybe it was just my take on things...
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good grief, this book was enthralling! March 17, 2009
Talking to the Dead is a page turner in the truest sense of the word. You'll forget to eat while you are reading this story! No joke! I read this book in two sittings. It was absolutely amazing. Talking to the Dead is making my best of 2009 fiction list for sure. The writing was so well done I'd never guess it was a debut novel. I loved how the author didn't hold back on any of the issues that the character Kate was dealing with. Plus, the ending made me smile and emit a satisfied sigh. I've read some other books dealing with pain and grief and none of them come close to being as good as this one. It almost reads like a suspense in that you find out a little bit more and a little bit more as the story moves along. More than once I found myself saying, "No way!" Yet it was totally believable. The way her mind dealt with the trauma, like when she watched that short video clip over and over was SO well done. I felt like I was Kate and I hurt right along with her. At the same time I rejoiced with her when things started turning around. The dialog was also done amazing as well. The honesty of the spiritual journey and the character's inner voice was fabulous. And for people who don't know much about mental health issues, I loved how accurate and true-to-life the story was. Clearly the author did her research in many areas. I can't say enough great things about this debut novel. If you don't buy any other books this year, get this one!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A terrific, thought-provoking book. June 22, 2009
A terrific, thought-provoking book.

Kate Davis can't move forward after her husband's sudden death. She refuses to go upstairs to their bedroom. She finds even the most mundane, normal activities difficult, and soon finds herself sleeping in the living room, forgetting to shower and unable to sleep. The fact that Kevin keeps talking to her, doesn't help. As Kate tries to figure out why she hears Kevin's voice, she finds herself running from an attempted exorcism by a disturbed pastor, participating in an eclectic group therapy, visiting a psychiatrist's office, and finally, admitted to a mental hospital.

When she meets Jack, a non-traditional pastor of a grassroots church, she begins her return to finding her life again. But, when Kate discovers Kevin's hidden secret and confronts her own, buried memories, her tenuous hold on reality shatters.

As Kate struggles to confront her grief, she wonders if she will ever find the peace she desperately craves, and the ability to gain a second chance at life.

I enjoyed Kate's voice. I read the book in a day, I couldn't put it down! Bonnie Grove has captured grief, and takes you on an incredible journey as you walk through Kate's mind and life with her. As experiences unfold, you hurt for Kate and cheer for her at the same time.

The novel is Christian, but the focus is not at all preachy. In fact, any real mention of Christianity doesn't come until you're well into the story. The themes of betrayal and abortion are mature, but dealt with in a realistic manner.

An interesting, compelling story, and a terrific debut novel. I look forward to reading more from Bonnie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Grief to Healing August 5, 2009
Grieving widow Kate Davis can't get her husband's voice out of her head. As she camps out on the living room floor and avoids going upstairs even if it means not showering for weeks, she begins to question her sanity. When Kevin's voice goes from comfortingly familiar to cruel, Kate determines to find out why he keeps showing up.

Kate's quest takes her from phsychiatrists, to group therapy, to a frightening attempted exorcism, and almost to the brink. A kind pastor with a passion for inner city youth offers a break from the mental chaos. But can Kate's mind handle the truth behind Kevin's unrelenting then suddenly absent voice?

Bonnie Groves does a beautiful job of weaving humor into Kate's journey through grief, difficult truths, and struggling to accept God's love. While the book delves into tough topics, the "I know someone just like that" characters and Kate's often hilareous observations keep the tone from getting too heavy. This could have easily been a depression story. Instead I had a hard time letting go of it for the night. In the end I wished I knew Kate so I could check in on how she was doing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Prepare to be wrenched from one emotion to the next. Beautifully written and seriously engaging. I didn't want it to end.
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars and I enjoyed it so much I decided to review it anyway
Sometimes I feel silly reviewing a book that has been reviewed 120 times already. I just finished this one, and I enjoyed it so much I decided to review it anyway. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Domino
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't the right reader
Before I get into the review of this book I should fess up to some discomfort. I downloaded this thinking it was Women's Fiction and it passes as it until about 90% into the book,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit unsettling to be a Christian novel.
A bit unsettling to be a Christian novel.
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Linda B. Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the book. hard to put down.
Best book I have read in a long time. Very spiritual uplifting. Constant changes thur out the book. Keep you wondering what was going to happen next. Wold recommend to my friends.
Published 5 months ago by CathyCh
4.0 out of 5 stars great read.
Slower start but hard to put down after awhile, great read.
Published 7 months ago by madison
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
extremely well done! I cared about the characters right away. Very good story, very well written. Heartbreaking and heartwarming! I hope she's written other books!
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Published 8 months ago by ell
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing
This book made me laugh and cry. Kevin's transformation was surprising, but Kate's resilience is inspiring. This is one of the best books I have read recently.
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
It was not what I had expected. I enjoyed it very much. The author kept me entertained through the book with her sense of humor, engaging characters, and emotional tugging at my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Bonnie Grove started writing when, as a teenager, her parents bought a typewriter (yes, during the age of dinosaurs), and she clacked out a terrible romance novel that her mom loved. She's been turning out improving prose ever since.

Trained in counseling, and psychology, Bonnie developed social programs for families at risk, while landing newspaper articles and stories in anthologies.

Her non-fiction, Your Best You: Discovering and Developing the Strengths God Gave You, came out of her experience working with families in crisis, and her belief in people's ability to change their lives for the better.

Her novel, Talking to the Dead, came out of that crazy place inside her head that has more questions than answers. Questions about grief, love, sex, God, therapy, and how laughter makes everything okay--if only for a moment. The novel has won awards, and is published in languages she doesn't speak.

Bonnie thinks in story, and continues to write novels--mostly because she's too far gone to stop now. She has completed several since Talking to the Dead, and is currently working her butt off to ensure they make their way into your hands. Stay tuned!

Bonnie makes her home in Saskatchewan, Canada with her husband Steve, and their two children.Vi

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