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Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Escrito por Emily Carpenter

Narrado por Kate Orsini


Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Escrito por Emily Carpenter

Narrado por Kate Orsini

valoraciones:
4.5/5 (136 valoraciones)
Longitud:
10 horas
Publicado:
Apr 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781511376174
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

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 reconnect with her estranged, ailing father. While Althea doesn't expect him, or her politically ambitious brother, to welcome her with open arms, she's not prepared for the chilling revelation of a grim, long-buried family secret. Fragile and desperate, Althea escapes with an old flame to uncover the truth about her lineage. Drawn deeper into her ancestors' lives, Althea begins to unearth their disturbing history…and the part she's meant to play in it.

Gripping and visceral, this unforgettable debut delves straight into the heart of dark family secrets and into one woman's emotional journey to save herself from a sinister inheritance.

"Narrator Kate Orsini navigates the transitions between a Southern mountain accent of the 1930s and a modern Southern accent with style and grace… [Burying the Honeysuckle Girls is] for listeners who enjoy thrillers and multigenerational family fiction." -Library Journal

Publicado:
Apr 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781511376174
Formato:
Audiolibro


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  • (5/5)
    I loved this book. From the moment Althea walked into her dad's house, fresh out of rehab with her new boots, I couldn't put it down. Just like Althea, I wanted to find out the family secret and why the women in her family went crazy (or so the husbands claimed.) Althea's brother, Wynn, was one of the worst characters and I found it quite humorous when she pulled his hair plugs out. He was all about appearances and wanted all the family secrets to just go away. Althea started abusing drugs at a very early age, due to the death of her mother. So naturally, rehab was in her future. Who would have guessed to get her inheritance she would need to sign herself into a metal institute before her thirtieth birthday. The book follows Althea's quest to uncover what really happened to her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother.
  • (1/5)
    The first 17% or so of this book I borrowed through Kindle Unlimited was mildly entertaining, skipping between a barely recovering addict in 2012, someone whose family shuns her, and her grandmother, who made honeysuckle liquor. Apparently, the women in this family go completely bonkers when they hit 30.At 18%, this book became a Did Not Finish for me, and went into the cybertrash. I was blindsided by gratuitous, graphic, violent animal animal torture. I was reading this book for entertainment, not to for something so painful to read I could not continue. Unless you have a really strong stomach and absolutely no empathy for animals, stay away from this one.
  • (2/5)
    I was really intrigued by the title, however that was the only intriguing aspect of this book. It's the story of 4 generations of women who "see" honeysuckle girls and a red crow. Althea is traumatized by her mother's untimely death and told by her dying mother "if the honeysuckle girl doesn't find you, you find her." It's the story of 4 southern women who seem to go crazy about age 30. All the characters, even from their names, are southern stererotypical. When the "mystery" was finally solved, it was very anti-climatic. There were so many characters and what with one chapter being 1937 and one being 2012, it was difficult to keep up with what characters were when
  • (4/5)
    Kind of a confusing story, but I ended up liking it
  • (4/5)
    Althea Bell has returned home straight out of rehab to see her dying father. Although she didn't expect a warm welcome, her brother's reception was chilling. Haunted by her mother's premature death, she must untangle the mystery behind her mother's death so that her brother's threat of commitment to a mental hospital doesn't become a reality. (. There were moments when the story was really good. However, the end and its quick resolution was a disappointment.)
  • (4/5)
    3.5 Althea comes from a long line of mountain girls, superstition and folklore has it that these girls are tainted with a strain of madness. The last three generations of women, including her mother have said to have gone crazy on their thirtieth birthdays, in fancy Althea does not know what happened with her mother, was told by her father her mother died as she was being taken to Pritchard, the local asylum. But was she? Althea, now out of rehab, and days away from her own thirtieth birthday needs to know.So starts a very engrossing tale, a story that includes the male members of her own family. Have to admit this tale definitely kept me reading,, wanting to find out what really happened. Still there were a few inconstancies I had a hard time overlooking. There was also alot of running hither and yon, with not much of a reason that made a whole lot of sense. But all in all a suspenseful read that definitely drew me in. Beautiful cover too.ARC from Netgalley.
  • (4/5)
    Althea is about to turn 30 and according to her father, all of the women in her family history have a mental breakdown and die when they turn 30. Even though she has just returned home from a year in rehab and a halfway house to deal with her pill addiction, she knows that she needs to solve the mystery before her 30th birthday in less than a month. Her family is no help and her decision making skills are poor due to her addiction but she jumps right into trying to find answers.The book is told in several time periods by two main characters - Althea and her great grandmother Jinn. Althea was a difficult character to like at the beginning of the novel but the more I read and the better I understood her internal battles, the more likeable she became. My only complaint about this novel is the number of characters that needed to be kept up with. After I made a list of characters and their relationships it was much easier to read.I definitely enjoyed the mystery and the pace of the novel. It's a great debut by an author that I look forward to reading in the future.(Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.)
  • (3/5)
    I felt like the ending was lacking after the build up. Overall I enjoyed the story and the characters
  • (4/5)
    I had great expectations of some mystery unfolding and while the reveal was good it was a bit of a let down. The female protagonist was very annoying. Or maybe she was just read that way.
  • (5/5)
    This was a great story and the narrator was fabulous! Totally recommend?
  • (5/5)
    Enjoyed Reading this book. I’ve been till the end they were surprises.
  • (3/5)
    It was okay interesting enough to finish it but not enough so that i would recommend.
  • (5/5)
    So so good. Families are so mysterious, some really scary!!
  • (5/5)
    This is an absolutely amazing, wonderful, well written book. The story had me from the first page and kept me through the end. I couldn't stop listening! The characters were great and the narrator was excellent!!!
  • (5/5)
    A really good read. Fast paced and left guessing. Love thr whole plot.
  • (3/5)
    Aspects of the story were a little underwhelming, but overall it was an entertaining read. You can tell this is the author’s first effort - a later novel of hers “The Weight of Lies” is better.
  • (5/5)

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    I simply stumbled on Emily Carpenter and fell in love. Give one of her books a shot. You most likely will find what I say to be true. If you do not enjoy....simply stop listening. No extra cost to you. This is why I love SCRIBD!

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  • (3/5)
    I’m glad I read her follow up book before this one, otherwise I doubt I would have. Here again we have a fallible woman in the protagonist role, but unfortunately for this book, Althea is so unsympathetic that it’s hard to keep going with her. She’s a thoroughly screwed up, self-involved, violent person who brings on a lot of her own suffering. I mean, why go back to her childhood home at all? Oh yeah, if she didn’t there would be no book. A family history of psychosis and delusions sure added up to Althea and her brother, Wynn. The inevitable show-down between them, and Althea’s further victimization just made me skim. This is after the amazing good luck leap of finding Rowe and his connection to Aunt Val and Uncle Walter. That was really too much. Oy. I’m glad she improved a lot with her second novel.
  • (4/5)
    Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter is a 2016 Lake Union publication. 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 seeing her Alzheimer’s ridden father in such a bad place and his horrible reaction to seeing her again. But, she really gets a shock when she discovers that her upcoming thirtieth birthday is a milestone in more ways than one and she could be about to inherit a terrible legacy that has been passed down from generation to generation on her mother’s side. In order to break that chain and discover the truth about what really happened to her mother and grandmother, Althea must stay one step ahead of her own family. This is an incredible debut novel that held my attention from start to finish. The story flips back and forth between the present and the past, telling the troubling story of Althea’s grandmother back in the 1930’s alongside Althea’s present day struggles. There is a definite race against time in both threads and a real heart pounding sense of dread, mingled with the mystery and drama. The story is both sad and utterly horrifying. The author does a terrific job of defining the characters, of creating a dark, emotionally taut force, and adding just a tiny pinch of Southern Gothic to top it off. Overall, this book was a major surprise for me. I’m so glad I took a took a chance on this one in the Kindle store!! 4 stars
  • (5/5)
    First, I have to say that this is an impressive debut novel! The blurb intrigued me, though I wasn't quite sure what to expect. What I got was gut-wrenching emotion, complicated characters, a puzzling mystery, and a dash of magical realism. 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 of a curse that strikes the women in her family on their 30th birthday. With her 30th birthday just a couple weeks away, Althea is faced with the seemingly impossible task of saving herself. What is her family's dark secret? With just a cigar box full of clues her mother left her, Althea sets out to solve the mystery.The story alternates between Althea in the present, and her great-grandmother Jinn back in the 1930s. I was easily wrapped up in both of their suspenseful tales, on pins and needles waiting to know their fates. The author knows how to build a suspenseful feeling of dread! Great book, would recommend to anyone. 4.5 stars!Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.