Talking to the Dead
By Bonnie Groves
Published by David C. Cook
ISBN# 978-143476410
384 Pages

Back Cover: Twenty something Kate Davis can’t seem to get this grieving-widow thing down. 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—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 to a shrink with a bad toupee, a mean-spirited exorcist, and finally group therapy. There she meets Jack, the warm hearted, 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: They were high school sweethearts with so many dreams for their future. They wanted the American Dream then suddenly that dream dies unexpectedly with Kevin. Kate’s life wasn’t supposed to be like this. Now she was hearing Kevin talking to her. How could that be? How could she move on with him so near? Why couldn’t she shake this feeling? She had to get help but where?

I felt for Kate as she was willing to try anything to get normal again. Part of getting her life on track was getting her finances in order. There’s so much paperwork where to begin? In the process she uncovers something so disturbing she can’t breathe. Who was this man she’d been married to for five years? On top of everything else this couldn’t be happening to her, not now.

Kate reflects “…my heart was still a box of shattered glass. And I had serious doubts that God could put it back together. Or would care to. At least the God I saw reflected in The Reverend. His was an angry God. A black and white, right and wrong sort of God…A God who’d condemned me with his “high beams of holiness.” Kate is struggling in every area of her life. Who can she turn to? Who could possibly understand?

Talking to the Dead is not something I’d normally read. I didn’t know what to expect from the front cover and title but I plunged in anyway, and to my great surprise I found a brilliantly refreshing story of hope, healing and second chances. The author takes you on an unexpected adventure so intriguing and different you can’t stop reading. Trust me you don’t want to miss this story. You’ll be keeping a watch for what Bonnie Groves writes next.

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  1. Sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it!

  2. Nora,
    Made a comment earlier and forgot to sign my name...sorry!

    Gail Mundy

  3. I really liked this one, more than I thought I would!