Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Althea Bell is still heartbroken by her mother’s tragic, premature death—and tormented by the last, frantic words she whispered into young Althea’s ear: Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.
Adrift ever since, Althea is now fresh out of rehab and returning to her family home in Mobile, Alabama, determined to reco...more
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Wow, I got more than I bargained for with this novel!
The southern backdrop is perfect for this atmospheric tale of family secrets and retribution.
Althea has no idea what is in store for her when she returns home after a stint in rehab. Her brother is running or office and her power hungry sister-in-law will stop at nothing to see Althea does nothing to mess that up. But the most disturbing thing for Althea is se ...more
There's a threatening omen that all the women from Althea Bell's mother side will lose their minds when they turn 30 years of age.
Althea is almost 30.
Althea is angry, brags about having been self-destructive, ....is troubled! She's goes digging into her past - trying to piece together the puzzle pieces between her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Secrets have been hidden for many generations.
The story is written in two time lin ...more
I was instantly intrig ...more
I was in the mood for a dual time novel, and this one called out to me. The story of Althea and her family is full of suspense and secrets and mystery. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't await to see what happened next.
I knew very little going into this book and I believe it is the way to go. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Thank you, Netgalley, for a copy of this book in exchange for an hon ...more
Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.
Set in Alabama, the story centers around Althea, a troubled young woman who's come home to visit her ailing father. It seems that she, too, carries the burden ...more
Was this ever suspenseful and downright amazing! This is currently a "read now" on Netgalley and will be published this month as well to the general public. Bravo to this debut; I'm ecstatic to see how much fantastic emerging talent is coming on the scene this year!
I think its safe to say this book was made for me. After realizing how scary it was having so much in common with the author, I knew I h ...more
This book has been lying around on my Kindle for at least a year. It's one of the first NetGalley eARCs I've downloaded, and to be honest, the premise sounded fab:
Althea, fresh out of rehab, returns to her rich Southern home and finds herself absolutely unwanted there. Suffering trauma of losing her mother, torn between wondering if she's actually mentally ill, or if the worryi ...more
Story starts 1937, three generations of heart wrenching secrets. Mental diseases, drugs and alcoholism. Brother is determined to be president, wants to keep all the family skeletons locked away in their closets. Year 2012, everything know out in the open.
This story was very hard to read, if you have many things around you going wrong, don't read this book. Well written book.
It is hard to believe that this is Emily Drake Carpenters' first novel. It is an amazing story from beginning to end. I read this book in one day, that is how amazing it is. You will not be able to put this book down. It is written flawlessly and is vividly descriptive. I could actually smell the honeysuckle, I swear. The characters are so richly developed and absolutely believabl ...more
I guess I would call this a Southern gothic mystery because of where it takes place and that the fact that the story of the Honeysuckle girls is almost a legend in this town, one that the main character, Althea, learns about on her return from a year long rehab facility for alcoholism.. She returns to the town to be reunited with her father and brother but what awaits her is n ...more
Not so much a roller coaster ride as it is a seat on a speeding train that's carrying a time bomb that continues to go *tick-tock-tick-tock-tick...*
In many ways it reminded me of a Dan Brown novel, (only MUCH better written) as we are led from location to location trying to unravel the mystery before the possibly life-threatening deadline. Perhaps we don't visit exotic European locations with famous art, but we are brought all through Alabama and a great ...more
I knew absolutely nothing about this book going into it, and it was probably better that way. It really exceeded my expectations and I was very pleasantly surprised. I really enjoy dual time lines, multiple POV and family mysteries, and this book did not disappoint.
This story will suck you right in and you will keep reading way past your bedtime just to see what happens next. It is written so well that it is hard to believe tha ...more
I felt that there was just way too much packed into one book though and some things that happened that weren't necessary and or completely logical.
Definitely entertaining and some gorgeous writing but imperfect
I am not my mother,
the honeysuckle girl isn’t real,
I don not have gold dust on my finger tips,
there’s no such thing as a red raven
Every woman in the Althea’s family seem to go mad at the age of 30, as far back as her great-grandmother. There is a lot of ambiguity and mystery around each of these women’s breakdowns and now that Althea is about to turn 30 she is understandably a little worried and wanting to understand exactly what will happen to her.
Fresh from rehab she returns to ...more
The problem is that the ending doesn't deliver. The reasons behind what happened to her family was just stupid and pointless. I honestly had a hard time believing the reason given for her great grandmother's death. It was just stupid.
And the deaths after that were truly and completely unbelievable. The whole secret was just stupid. Maybe, MAYBE, that might've happened to the great grandmother but it was completely unnecessary for the others -- in fact, it was more dangero ...more
What a wonderful debut novel by Emily Carpenter. I was captivated and taken in right away by the beautiful cover. If you love books about the South and family dramas/mysteries this one is for you. It reminds me a bit of Karen White's novels...which I adore.
Althea Bell is newly released from a stint in rehab for her drug addiction. She returns to the family home in Alabama. She is still troubled as she is turning thirty soon. All the women in her family have died at that age. She begins a ques ...more
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