Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

Burying the Honeysuckle Girls

“Wait for her. For the honeysuckle girl. She’ll find you, I think, but if she doesn’t, you find her.”

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.

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Adrift ever since the death of her mother, 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.

Genres: Literary Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Year: 2016
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“This novel doesn’t stop running, and neither would you if you were Althea Bell. She’s just learned that for three generations the women in her family have vanished or died on their thirtieth birthday—and hers is fast approaching. To survive, she must race to solve a century-old mystery. Emily Carpenter has written a hell of a thriller with language as lush as its Southern setting.”
– —Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, The Wilding, and Refresh, Refresh
“Southern Gothic in all its creepy inbred finery. I found myself rooting for recovering addict Althea as she teeters on the brink of relapse while uncovering the horrific secret behind her family’s inherited madness and premature death.”
– Amy Plum, international bestselling author
“Emily Carpenter weaves a masterful web of Southern gothic family drama and spine-tingling mystery. A must read.”
– M.J. Pullen, author of The Marriage Pact and Regrets Only