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Talking to the Dead

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  491 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by David C. Cook
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Feb 15, 2009 Virginia rated it it was amazing
It's early to post a review because this book isn't out yet, but I had the awesome opportunity to read it early for endorsement. I LOVED IT! The story opens with Kate grieving for her husband, who has just died. As she forces herself to go through the painful days that follow, something unusual happens. Her late husband begins talking to her. She worries (as anybody would) that she's losing her mind, but she misses him so much she doesn't want to do anything that will make him stop. Until... Oka ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Zarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, when the main character had a clear Transcendental experience with the "One True God" and the rest of the book was heavily Christian. Looking at the rest of the book through that religious lens also changed my interpretation of a lot of the previous events.

I say all of this because I'm ok with Women's Fiction, not so m
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 suspen ...more
Christa Allan
Jan 09, 2010 Christa Allan rated it it was amazing
A must read.
Aug 07, 2009 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 02, 2009 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Talking to the Dead
Bonnie Grove
David C Cook

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Kate Davis is sinking! Fast! October had brought the drowning death of her father, and now Spring, has brought another tragedy. Her husband Kevin is suddenly dead. This is not how her life is supposed to be.

She truly thinks she may be going crazy. Even the professionals think she is going off the deep end. She is hearing Kevin talk to her. They keep characterizing her as hearing voices, but it is just Kevin's
Aug 07, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
“I hear dead people!” A newer version of the Sixth Sense? Not quite, but Bonnie Grove’s Talking to the Dead is close enough to give you the heebie jeebies. Kate Davis keeps hearing her dead husband Kevin’s voice. Is she going crazy or has Kevin come back to haunt her? But Kate Davis isn’t just hearing Kevin’s voice, she’s also uncovering secret things about him that she wished she hadn’t. How does she reconcile the husband she knew with the one she is now discovering?

This novel is intense, movin
Apr 26, 2011 Norma rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book comes along that’s so gripping and emotional that it leaves you wanting more and wishing you’d never opened the book, only so you can discover it once again. I never expected this book to say with me as it has.

In Talking to the Dead, Kate is a twenty-eight year old widow, her husband Kevin has just unexpectedly died and Kate can’t seem to cope. She can’t enter their bedroom and sleeps in the living room forgoing showering, eating, and life in general. Her family and friends are
Clockstein Lockstein
Jun 24, 2009 Clockstein Lockstein rated it it was amazing
Talking to the Dead by Bonnie Grove is full of surprises for its readers. Kate Davis' life has shattered in the unexpected death of her husband Kevin. She can't eat or sleep or even go up the stairs to their bedroom. Her friends and family are worried about her, but they'd worry even more if they knew that Kevin was talking to Kate. She finds great comfort in the words of the man she loved with her whole being, and it seems to be helping her ability to grieve, at least at first. When I first rea ...more
Jul 08, 2009 LadyCalico rated it it was amazing
This novel was extremely well written and developed, with the readers gradually being fed spoonfuls of memories (in italics so the author didn't confuse the time thing--nice touch) that developed the characters and their relationships, so your feelings about the characters and what lead up to the current events kept evolving and changing as the heroine dealt with her mourning process, which proved to be way more complicated than the reader expected. My one big problem with the book was that the ...more
Jul 11, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Kate Davis has just went through one of the most horrific experiences that anyone can go through...that is buring her husband. Kevin and Kate were married for five years. In that whole time, Kate loved Kevin. At times though it seemed like that was something not quite right about Kevin but nothing too serious enough to draw red flags for Kate.

Now that Kevin is gone, all Kate wants to do is be left alone. Kate may be depressed...what by sleeping on the floor, not shaving in weeks but she is not
V. Gingerich
Mar 09, 2013 V. Gingerich rated it really liked it
This is a good book by a talented author. Excellent writing, great voice, and I'd call it women's fiction rather than Christian fiction. I will read this author again.

The events and drama from the halfway point to three-fourths mark cut my rating down to three stars but I never considered putting the book down. In fact, I read it in two sittings and would've read it in one if I hadn't needed to go to work.

You'll meet a few characters you'll despise. You'll figure out the secret long before the
Valerie Comer
Dec 29, 2012 Valerie Comer rated it it was amazing
On the day after Kevin's funeral he begins talking to his widow, Kate. There seem to be huge gaps in Kate's memories of Kevin, but he isn't explaining himself. At first his comments are loving, but as time goes by, something seems off. With an already low grip on sanity, Kate camps out on her living room floor, rarely venturing upstairs, even to shower. Visits from her mother, a recent widow herself, and her sister raise more questions than they answer.

As Kevin becomes more persistent, Kate lash
Apr 26, 2015 StarszBooks rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It was in no way a profound life changing read but more like a comfort read. The characters and situations were written so that I felt at home while reading it. The plot twists were was a nice story about a poor woman who had to learn to deal with the dark side of life. A grueling journey, but somehow Grove made it pleasant and inspiring. Leaves me wondering if she has other works I would be interested in...
Mar 07, 2010 Jacqui rated it it was amazing
POWERFUL!!! I don't even know how to begin to review this book right now.. I ordered this book because my sister-in-law edited it, and RAVED about it.. but just before the book arrived, my husband left me. It took me 6 months before I was able to read this book about the loss of a husband.. Let me tell you, I wanted to throw it against the wall a few times, and almost stopped reading it entirely, because I was able to relate to the main character in a very painful way... I actually could pick ou ...more
Jun 07, 2010 Brandie rated it really liked it
I will admit that when I realized the author was a Pastor's wife, I was a little hesitant about reading this book. I'm not a big fan of books getting all 'preachy' on me, and was prepared to chuck it at the first sign of that. It turns out I was pleasantly surprised by the story and enjoyed the book very much. The main character was very likeable and I found myself cheering her on and anxious to get to the end of the book and see how things turned out for her. The book definitely wants you to co ...more
Kimberley Payne
Jul 14, 2009 Kimberley Payne rated it it was amazing
Talking to the Dead has the perfect balance of humour, suspense and grace. It’s quirky, surprising, and uplifting. With masterfully woven prose, Bonnie Grove had me cheering for Kate, laughing out loud at the exaggeration of the Reverend J. D. Slater, stomping my feet at the insensitivity of her sister Heather, and wiping tears away at the gentleness of Pastor Jack.
I don’t recommend starting to read this book unless you’ve got time to finish it in one sitting! You won’t want to read it any othe
Jun 25, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
I rated this book 3 stars because the author had me from the first page. She is a wonderful writer and I felt like I couldn't put the book down. However, (Ya, you knew that was coming) it was such a sad book. The main characters life was such a soap opera. Her husband dies, and she forgets all the things that happened before he died and then slowly she remembers all these awful things. Her mental health is questioned, her sister is a jerk. (sorry if you disagree) Just awful stuff. And now that I ...more
Jun 25, 2009 Alex rated it it was amazing
Phew, this book certainly has it all. It made me laugh and cry as I journeyed with Kate on her search for someone or something to believe in, when all other relationships had failed. Trying to cope with her husband's death leads Kate to a myriad of 'helpful' people, including counseling sessions - some humorous, some painful. I felt her pain, anger and desperation which made me want to leap into the pages to fight Kate's battles with her. This, for me, means an A+ to Groves! A definitely recomme ...more
Carla Stewart
Jul 12, 2009 Carla Stewart rated it it was amazing
Lovely writing w/ a spunky main character who just happens to find herself talking to her dead husband. A journey through grief and the depths through which it can reach, but also redemptive and satisfying.
Laura Carter
Oct 10, 2014 Laura Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this entire book in one afternoon because it drew me in and held me captive. I felt every emotion and hurt with the main character, and empathized with every decision. Part of me feels like if I went through her experiences, I would have responded the exact same way. The only reason I did not give the book five stars was because I am not a fan of traditional psychology, and although this book didn't have a heavy Christian theme, I felt like the character should have "met God" earlier than ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Jul 14, 2009 Kristi (Books and Needlepoint) rated it really liked it
Kate Davis has just lost her husband, Kevin. They had only been married a few years. They hadn't even started a family yet. They had been in love since the day they met - and now he was gone.

Kate doesn't know how she is going to cope without him - and she seems to have lost months of her memory. Then one day after the funeral, she hears his voice. Is she crazy or is she really talking to her dead husband?

Kate's story of how she learns to deal with her grief is interspersed with glimpses of her p
Eustacia Tan
Jan 17, 2013 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
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I managed to get my hands on this free ebook thanks to Gospel EBooks on Google+ And well, I have no regrets reading it.

Talking to the Dead follows Kate, who's husband Keven suddenly died. In the aftermath, she realises that she's lost a chunk of her memory, and she hear's Kevin's voice everywhere. Is she going insane? The answer is - yes. But that's the whole point of the story.

As the story progresses, you can see that Kate was actually in an emotionally abusive (and starting to get physically a
Sue Smith
Aug 11, 2010 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll sum this one up short and sweet - it was a good read, despite the gloominess of the subject matter, and despite the 'Christian' overtones. What I'm trying to say is don't let those factors stop you from picking up this book and reading it. It's ulimately a book about choices (and love)- and that you are the master of both.

When I first found this book on Goodreads I decided to pick it up from the library and give it a go. It sounded good. However, after reading the first few paragraphs I was
Jul 26, 2013 Christina rated it it was amazing
POPPiNG WOW WOW WOW. Ms. Bonnie Grove's Novel is a breathe of fresh air! "Talking to the Dead" is about a young 20-something woman named Kate who recently loss her husband, Kevin. The day of his funeral, Kate starts hearing Kevin's voice. After that this novel is one that is not predictable and it takes you into the development of the story that you never thought you would be lead to. Along the way you cry, you laugh, and you want to put up your dukes in Kate's defense. Though the Title "Talking ...more
Lynn Spencer
Sep 08, 2012 Lynn Spencer rated it liked it
This book started off strong, and I really wanted to like it more than I did. As the book opens, we're thrown right into the middle of Kate Davis' shock and grief as she tries to figure out life following the sudden death of her husband, Kevin. The Davises are in their late 20s, so she didn't expect Kevin to suddenly drop dead.

At first, Kate is lost in grief, but as we watch her grieve, the reader also learns more about Kate's marriage and about the circumstances surrounding his death. It's obvi
Steven Devries
Dec 29, 2012 Steven Devries rated it really liked it
I know that I am not really the target audience for this type of book, but never-the-less, I found myself unable to put it down. I have read other books with a similar plot device (woman who had lost some of her memory slowly uncovers it and realizes she was burying very bad things in her recent past) but I feel that Ms. Grove has surpassed the other efforts that I have read by quite a ways. The voice was easy to read, and I enjoyed the way that she captured the intense feelings without descendi ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
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, participati
Jun 15, 2009 Ruth rated it really liked it
One of the most psychologically traumatic events in a person's life is the loss of a spouse. This is the story of Kate Davis, a young woman who just lost her husband. Shortly thereafter, she begins to hear him speak to her. She is unable to function, even to bathe and otherwise deal with her personal needs. She finally seeks help, and eventually finds that her husband had a secret. She ends up in a locked psychiatric facility and eventually begins to heal by learning some secrets she has hidden ...more
Michelle Lewis
Sep 23, 2015 Michelle Lewis rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book it had enough mystery and intrigue to keep you going. It addresses lots of different issues which I really enjoyed and I feel like it was written well. I would recommend this book to others but don't want to say too much since I don't want to spoil anything. I really liked the way they revealed things over time but still didn't take so long (like some others I have read)
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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.

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