Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Book Review - BURYING THE HONEYSUCKLE GIRLS by Emily Carpenter

Title:  Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Author:  Emily Carpenter
Genre:  Suspense
Release Date:  April 26, 2016 

About the Book:
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.

Buy Links: Amazon 
Note: As of the date of this review, Burying the Honeysuckle Girls is available on Kindle Unlimited

My Review:
Although this book is described as "Occult Suspense - Ghost Suspense", it does not involve the occult or ghosts. But it is definitely suspenseful!

Honestly, I have mixed feelings about this book. I had a difficult time putting it down and I found myself deeply engrossed with the story. The ending, however, left me feeling a bit flat. The story kept eluding to something mystical or magical, but instead it a huge dose of realism. 

If you are deeply troubled reading about drug addiction and domestic abuse, this is not the book for you. But if you enjoy reading about the deep south and generations of families and how their lives have changed, or not changed, over the years, or if you enjoy reading a book that really pulls you in, then this one is for you.

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About the Author:
EMILY CARPENTER, a former actor, producer, screenwriter, and behind-the-scenes soap opera assistant, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she now lives in Georgia with her family. You can visit Emily online at


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