Reader reviews for Talking to the Dead: A Novel

When Kate's husband dies unexpectedly at work, she is plunged into the depths of grief, where she remains for weeks. Living off the floor of her living room and eating only occasionally, she struggles with moving forward and angrily attacks friends and family who try to offer their support. Kate does not see this as concerning, however, until she starts hearing the voice of her husband, Kevin, commenting on her actions. Kate seeks out a number of therapists, a psychiatrist, and a pastor to try to explain how this is possible and each has their own belief about what is occurring with Kate. As the story progresses, Kate begins to remember more about the events preceding Kevin's death that she had chosen to block out and also finds out her husband was hiding some secrets from her. Half grief-stricken chick lit and half mystery, the story sort of plods along until the last third of the novel where it starts to pick up the pace. I thought this was a fair novel that had just enough humor to keep the plot moving but not enough of anything to make it one you want to pass along. Overall, the story was kind of sad as Kate's experience was not one I would want to experience personally.
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Sometimes we don't see those giant red warning flags because they're just too unbearably painful to deal with. For Kate they turned into gaping holes in her memory in the months leading up to her husbands' untimely death. Seeking help she meets some quirky (& comical) characters, but finds friendship, hope, & love in unexpected places. The gaping holes are slowly filled in, and a painful story of betrayal is revealed. For me this book was about dealing with past hurts, healing the wounds, and starting over fresh. Moving forward to new possibilities & not living & rehashing past pains into our present lives today. This book inspires me & holds a place in my heart.
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While the title of the book is relevant enough, it makes the novel sound more like a mystery than it really is. Basically, the story begins with the main character of Kate beginning to deal with the aftermath of the unexpected death of her husband. As a result of her hearing her husband's voice seemingly all around her, she begins to attempt to crawl out of her grief & seek help to find out whether or not she's crazy. Overall, I liked the plotline. This was a quick & easy read, and it kept me interested enough to zip through it quickly. I did often want to take Kate's shoulders & shake her, and I felt the supporting characters were somewhat shallow (her sister, especially). I would've liked to see a little more development there, as I found myself asking questions that weren't ever answered.
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Kate Davis has a bit of a problem. She’s lost her husband, lost her short-term memory, and is hearing the voice of her dead beloved speaking to her. Before I go further I should clarify that Talking to the Dead isn’t a supernatural-suspense storyline despite the fact that Kate is hearing from the dead, instead it falls into the contemporary women’s fiction genre, with the story leaning towards psychological and emotional healing than it does any encounters with the spiritual world (apart from God of course.)Mired in grief, Kate finds herself camped out on her living room floor, rarely eating, and even more rarely bathing. Supported by friends, family, and eventually group therapy and a psychiatrist, Kate slowly begins to recover her memories and in the process realizes that the man she has been so longing for was…well….a jerk.It was a pleasure to read Bonnie Grove’s work. In a story that could easily be emotionally suffocating, she manages to inject enough levity and humor (without sacrificing plausibility) to see readers through to the end. It’s also rather thrilling to find that Grove is a fellow Canadian (no wonder the references to Wee Book Inn and Pigeon Lake!)This debut novel is pitch-perfect and authentically captures the intense attachment of marriage, the grief following loss, and the bonds of community and grace of God that help move Grove’s characters towards healing.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
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This story follows the painful emotional journey of a woman named Kate whose husband has unexpectedly died. Kate is not coping well and experiences some unusual side effects of her grief...namely that she hears her dead husband talking to her. This story moves along quickly as one complication after another send her mental health into a nose dive. There were many things I liked about this story. There is never a dull moment which resulted in me reading the book in two sittings. I didn't want to wait to find out what happened next. I also thought the author did a great job conveying Kate's pain to the reader. This poor woman had a rough go of it. But the one thing that prevented me from loving the book was the behaviour of the secondary characters. I won't give details so as to not spoil the story but I will say that I found the behaviour of the most important people in her life to be unbelievable and outrageous. Especially her mother and sister. It was like one of those movies where you wake up one day and everything you once knew and trusted was actually a facade. It was just too unrealistic for me and ruined the authenticity of the emotinal story. I did enjoy reading the book but I couldn't bring myself to rate it any higher than I did.
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Every once in a while a book grabs from the first sentence and doesn't let go until the reader turns the final page. Even then, like a magnet, the reader is drawn back to reflect. This is that book.Written in the first person narrative of Kate, and interspersed with her snippets of memories in third person narratives, this tale of a grief stricken, young woman is told. Even though the topic is glum, the story shines with brightness. This is a must-read.Interview with the author and discussion topics are included.
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Stunned, stunning, stuntabulous! Okay. The last was absolutely not a word, but Talking to the Dead a novel by Bonnie Grove is simply the kind of book that takes you places you never have been to before. Following Kate as she suffers the grief of her husband Kevin's death at such a young age is mesmerizing. Certainly, Kate's first response of quiet withdrawal makes perfect sense. How do you move on when the love of your life has died? But also how do you move on when there are pieces of your life that are also missing? Lastly, what do you do when you hear the voice of your dead husband clearly speaking to you?The ride is amazing. I seriously did not know what direction Kate's story was going to take. Every detail and chapter led me closer to the conclusion, but I certainly was not sure of what that conclusion was. I LOVED THAT! I cannot tell you how often I have read a book and have completely figured out the ending. This doesn't always take away from a story, but it is sure nice to really be taken along for an adventurous ride. A ride that was sad, happy, frightening, thought provoking, and fully moving.This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed with fresh characters from an author whose work I will now highly anticipate.
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Talking to the Dead is a well told story about a widow who continues to hear husband's voice after his funeral. The plot is simple enough; however, its presentation makes this book a page turner. I read this book in one evening (and well into the morning). A definitely recommendable book despite some characters who I would only wish upon my enemies.
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I read the teaser. Maybe I'm cynical, but I suspect Kevin and Blair are lovers. Kate's a little slow on the uptake. She reminds me of Demi Moore in 'Ghost.'
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