Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, by Emily Carpenter

18 Apr
honeysuckle girls emily carpenter

FIVE of FIVE stars

Fantastic mystery/thriller/suspense novel.
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 collection of quirky southern mountain dwellers.

The story is about four generations of women who all appear to lose their minds and die on their 30th birthday. Althea is the current woman in line, and her life has not been an easy one as she struggles with the knowledge of what will happen to her in a mere two weeks. The story moves back and forth easily between Althea’s search for a possible cure for her upcoming madness, and then to her great grandmother Jinn and what led up to her 30th birthday. The result is a family full of secrets that affect each generation even worse than the one before.

Jinn’s story begins in a time and place where a woman is her father’s property until she is literally “given” to her husband to do with as he chooses. The author really brings history to life and brings us so closely inside Jinn’s mind that we understand why she cannot consider leaving, even if we cannot comprehend living that life in this day and age.

Drug-addicted Althea takes us on her adventure as she seeks out the answers and the truth, and her shenanigans bring some humor to the story. But always in the background is the old insane asylum where her mother and grandmother were locked up until death. I had visceral feelings of dread in my gut whenever Althea set foot on the hospital property during her search for the truth, and it is not often that a book can make me feel like that.

We only know Althea for a couple of weeks, and it wasn’t enough for me. Although the mystery of the Honeysuckle Girl is solved in this story, I hope we can read about further adventures with Althea and the many other characters we meet in the story. It’s been hard to give this book up; as scary as it was, I just didn’t want to leave Alabama and the characters in this book.

Thank you so much to NetGalley for giving me a copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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3 Responses to “Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, by Emily Carpenter”

  1. Anne Drake April 18, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    I can’t wait!

    • Cynthia April 18, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

      The Kindle copy is $3.99 pre-order on Amazon! I’m shocked it’s so low, it’s definitely worth it!

    • Anne Drake April 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm #

      I have already preordered.

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