Review – Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls 27852639
Emily Carpenter
2016
Lake Union Publishing

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.

Don’t let the beautiful cover fool you: this is not a romantic novel, at all. Burying the Honeysuckle Girls is a captivating story, an immersive and dark mystery with a magical touch. Just the way I like them.

After reading the summary I didn’t know exactly what to think, as the plot seemed definitely strange. However, the more I read, the more the book caught my attention and after a few chapters I was inevitably hooked.

It has been a while since I read something quite like this. A real southern tale, cinematic and evocative, one of those books that you enjoy cuddled up on the couch and picturing everything in your head.

More so, this is essentially a psychological thriller, which means that Burying the Honeysuckle Girls includes some creepy details that fascinated me and helped the story become much more attractive as well.

The plot is divided into two different sections, the present, with Althea in 2012 and the smaller part: Jinn’s flashbacks in 1937. Thanks to both stories we’ll untangle the truth about dark family secrets and some mysterious deaths that have all the same place in common: Pritchard, home for the insane.

I’d recommend this to fans of southern thrillers, just like Gillian Flynn’s.

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Annie

In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

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