Book Title: Burying the Honeysuckle Girls
Author: Emily Carpenter
Genres: Mystery, Southern Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Suspense
Date Read: 04/13/16
Pub Date: 04/26/16
Many thanks to Netgalley and Emily Carpenter for my copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Was this ever suspenseful and downright amazing! This was a “read now” on Netgalley and I’m so glad I happened upon it. 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 had to read this one (This book is set in Mobile, Al where I’m from; the author is also from Alabama. We both went to Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!!!) and both currently reside in Georgia (yay for Coca Cola and peaches)).
The plot is what intrigued me in the first place (you can read the blurb here). I kept seeing this book pop up on various friend’s feed updates and I had to find out if Althea and the women in her family were crazy or if something else was at play. I was absolutely pleased with the execution and conclusion of the plot; if you like a satisfying, tidy ending, this book is for you.
Things I loved:
The characters! They were all so real and deep. Everything in this novel was inner-connected: the characters, the timeline, plot, etc.
I absolutely loved the format in which the story was told. We jump between 2 POVs: Althea (modern day) and Jinn, Althea’s great-grandmother back in the 1930’s. There was no confusion in the time jumps, it only accentuated the story and suspense.
The writing style– the language the author uses is both beautiful and hilarious. She knows how to take you from a seriously beautiful description, to 3 pages later using all kinds of hilarious southern phrases that made me laugh (and people in public think I was crazy).
Things I hated:
I can’t think of any right now, other than I didn’t want to say goodbye to Althea and her lineage!
I can’t recommend this book enough and couldn’t stop thinking about it when I had to put it down! Lovers of suspenseful, historical mysteries should rush to grab this one. Highly recommended!