Talking to the Dead – book review

CoverLast week my mom asked me if I actually read all those books I download for free on Kindle. Well, I try to. And I just finished one and it was fabulous.

Bonnie Grove’s Talking to the Dead is about a young woman who is suddenly widowed. She’s slammed by grief, not really coping and then . . . her dead husband starts talking to her.

After a chapter or two I hesitated to finish this novel–it seemed a tad dark–but I’m SO glad I kept going. Bonnie Grove, with her background in psychology, does a fantastic job of characterizing a newly widowed young woman with a tenuous grip on reality. She pulls the reader into Kate’s troubling world so that even when the character acts irrationally, the reader understands where she’s coming from.

PLUS, this book has a wonderful Christian message. The story is definitely a page-turner with an absolutely perfect ending. Seems like everyone I know who’s read it stayed up late because they couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it!

6 thoughts on “Talking to the Dead – book review

  1. Daniel

    Are there scary bits?
    Maybe I’ll read it O wait! I’m not a woman, I’m a Buddhist (but without re-incarnation) will the Christian message be off-putting. I wish you would write about the Christian message. Or at least give a sneak peak. Then, even if I’m not a Christian, I might be interested enough, as a spiritual person, to investigate further. Christians and Buddhists, Palestinians and Jews, who knows what next?

    1. Kind of scared me–those parts where she’s out of control mentally. I like the illusion that I’m in control : )

      I think you’d like it up to a point, but might find the ending a little too tidy. One review I read thought things worked out too well, but that would be the God part. Hey, if it’s still free on Kindle, it’s worth a try!

    1. Hmmm. I’m betting different people would get different messages. Here’s what I got:
      1) He is the God of second chances. You can mess up royally and God will still use it for good.
      2) You have access to the Holy Spirit who can help you make the changes you need in your life–even if you feel clueless about what the changes should be.
      3) Forgiveness is a priceless gift from God. As we’re forgiven, we’re expected to forgive. It should never stop with us.

      What makes it Christian? The basic belief that God’s in control.

  2. Daniel

    Don’t some non-Christians believe God is in control? For Buddhists (me, for the moment) control has nothing to do with it. There is a higher power, sort of, I call it Universe (and I insist on the capital letter). I don’t know the origin of Universe, it’s a mystery & I’m okay with that.

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