18 November 2012

Book Review: Talking to the Dead

I want to hug this book for being so good. For beating my slump. For keeping me up till one thirty in the morning reading. Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove is proof that even when a summary doesn't sound like something you might like, if a book is written well enough it doesn't matter. I almost never read about widows and drama and pain. But I was sucked in. Sucked into Kate's loss, her hearing her dead husband's voice, her journey through a dark hole of pain, betrayal, and lies. This woman falls apart and shatters but I found her story nothing short of captivating. I couldn't look away and I never got bored. It is rare that I can say that about a drama. 5 stars

Word to the wise: This book is considered Christian Fiction, but rest assured it is not preachy and Kate's relationship with God doesn't take place until near the end. 

So what I'm saying is, try it. Especially if you liked The Language of Flowers.

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79 comments :

  1. I only read Christian fiction if it's not preachy. You've really piqued my interest with your review!

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  2. reading drama is not also my type.. but I guess I could include this book in my "to-read" list. :)

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  3. Yay for getting out of your reading slump! I love the cover and it sounds great! Wonderful review!

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  4. I'll have to keep an eye on this one and I have to be in the right mood but it sounds great! (I loved The Language of Flowers) Congrats for finally beating the reading slump!

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  5. Sounds like a good one. Thanks for letting us know there is more to the summary.

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  6. I avoid widows and pain as well, but I might try it after reading your review!

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  7. Hm... I've not heard of this one but it's title is different...

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  8. I am so happy that you are now relatively slump free!

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  9. Oooh I might just have to take your advice and try it! I tend to avoid Christian fiction but if it broke you out of a reading slump and kept you up til 1.30am it must be good!

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  10. All it took was the mention of The Language of Flowers. I have sort of sworn off Christian fiction because my experiences have not been the greatest, but you definitely convinced me on this one. Thanks!

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  11. You got me! I'm not big on drama, but you made this sound interesting!! O.o Also, I usually avoid Christian fiction. And I'm a Christian!! lol It usually annoys me because it sounds too fake somehow. But you made it sound like this is an exception then! :)

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    1. I feel ya. They're not for everyone.
      And I'm SO glad I inspired you to make an exception.
      :)

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  12. I'm happy to hear that this book pierced your book slump! Yay for amazing reads :)

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  13. I just added this book to my e-shelf yesterday! I'm so happy you enjoyed it :)

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  14. Oh yay! I am so glad you loved this book - I just downloaded it last week :-)

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  15. Yay! I'm glad you found a good book to get you out of your slump! :)

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  16. Yay for a book that pulls you out of your reading slump! I'll have to check this one out. :)

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  17. So glad you found a book to pull you out of your slump! It sounds really good.

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    1. Thanks Lily, Meredith, and Midnight Cowgirl! Me too.

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  18. Sounds like an emotional read. Hearing the dead husband has me intrigued. And YAY for ginally finding the book to pull you out of your slump! Let's hope they continue.

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  19. Okay, I would have been very hesitant about picking this one up, except your reaction to it is awesome! Thanks for the heads up, Juju.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  20. Up until 1:30 am good? I love when that happens.

    This is the second positive review I've read for this book. I have to admit I would have probably passed right by it but I'm going to have to add it to the TBR list.

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    1. Me too! Sleep robbers are the best.

      Thanks for coming by Karen.

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  21. Oh! This sounds perfect for my little book club ladies. AND I have had several people tell me that the language of flowers is wonderful. I have duly notated both titles.... I'm off to read your interview! :)

    I hope you and all he Whimsy's have a super wonderful Thanksgiving!
    ~Liz

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    1. Nice :)

      Thank you. We had an awesome Thanksgiving.

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  22. Yay! I'm happy that you're out of your slump my dear, NOW GO READ MORE!!!

    This sounds a heartbreaking but rewarding read!
    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. LOL :) Right? If only I wasn't so busy with the holidays and my baby's upcoming birthday.

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  23. Sounds like this has the potential to be seriously depressing, but if you were so sucked into the story then it MUST be good!

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    1. It definitely did. But I think the mystery of what's going on kept it from getting depressing for me. :)

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  24. Oh, I'm going to add this one to my wish list. Sounds great!

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  25. Ive seen this one!! But I had no clue it was an Inspy.....Ill for sure have to check it out, thanks Juju...:) And Happy Thanksgiving Week!!!

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  26. Yeah for the book that helped you beat your slump! *high five for Talking to the Dead* It's always such a relief when you find that amazing books that jolts you out of your reading funk:)

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  27. Hmmm... I am intrigued as well. Can I just tell you that I love your reviews!

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  28. Definitely adding this one to the TBR pile!

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  29. Holy COW I loved this book!!!
    I started it at about 7pm and finished it at 12:30am. I read extremely fast, but I got every juicy morsel!!
    Excellent writing!!!

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    1. Me too!

      I completely agree. :) Thanks for coming by!

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  30. Not my genre but after reading your review might try this one out...

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    1. As much as I loved it, I'm not sure you would. Do you read dramas?

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  31. Wow! Talk about a raving review! Definite MUST READ.

    And can I say that I love the cover? It's mood evoking...

    :0)

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    1. I love the cover too. It's perfect for the story as well.

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  32. Yay for beating the reading slump! *high five* Sounds like this one REALLY kicked some booty ... ^_^

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  33. This is going onto my to-read list. I'm definitely in a reading slump :( Unfortunately Goodreads is currently down.

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    1. Don't you hate when Goodreads goes down? It's wild how much I depend on them.

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  34. I LOVED The Language of Flowers and I'll have to check this one out. The summary is not something hat would grab me, but if you found it so compelling, I need to try it!

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  35. Thanks for your review. I enjoy Christian fiction as much as any of my other favorite genres as long as it's not over the top. I will give this one a try.

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  36. I will absolutely be reading this one now. It sounds really good, especially with your recommendation :)

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  37. Thanks for this! What a wonderful group of readers/book lovers/good looking people gather here.

    Peace and good reading to you all!

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    1. Awwwww thank you Bonnie!
      It was my pleasure.
      I truly loved your book.
      Thank you for your kind words, awesome book, and for stopping by.
      Happy New Year!

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