Candles Burning [NOOK Book]

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mix of magic realism and Southern gothic, this stunning collaboration between King (Survivor) and McDowell (The Elementals), who died in 1999, moves at a hypnotic pace, like an Alabama water moccasin slipping through black water. Set in the late 1950s, the narrative paints a bitingly bittersweet portrait of Calliope "Calley" Carroll Dakin, a seven-year-old child caught in a web of deceit, secrets and the supernatural. Calley, a little girl with big ears, can communicate with departed spirits. When one character asks Calley if she can hear the dead, she replies, "Yes, ma'am... but it ain't worth hearing." Or is it? After Calley's self-made father, Joe Cane Dakin, who owns a chain of car dealerships, is murdered in New Orleans in a botched kidnapping, the spirit voices come in handy because now Calley's in danger, too. Later, Roberta Ann, Calley's Southern-belle-from-hell mama who never let her husband forget his humble origins, takes the girl to a mysterious Pensacola B&B. There Calley's talents gradually enable her to find sweet justice for her daddy and to appreciate the pure delight of nature's revenge. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440621796
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 147,455
  • File size: 580 KB

Meet the Author

Tabitha King is the acclaimed author of Small World, Survivor, The Book of Reuben, and many other titles. The wife of novelist Stephen King, she lives in Maine.

Michael McDowell died in 1999. He was the author of a number of popular horror novels, including the six volumes of the Blackwater series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2006

    Awesome, Absorbing

    Calliope Carroll Dakin, aka Calley, isn't much on looks - at age seven, she's skinny and gawky with huge ears. But Calley has a gift or two - those huge ears are capable of abnormally acute hearing, and she can communicate with the dead. This is useful after her Daddy is murdered, and Mama (who makes Mommie Dearest look like a paragon of motherhood) spirits her away to Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola. Women dominate this book, and not many of them are nice. Calley's intelligence and resourcefulness make her more than up to dealing with them. The descriptions of the peculiar house where Calley comes to live on Santa Rosa are vivid and yes, gothic....but it is the sun-struck beach and sea that provide the most evocative and powerful imagery. And you won't forget Calley Dakin for a long time.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A superb paranormal gothic thriller

    In the 1950s Roberta Ann Dakin nee Carroll comes from an old aristocratic family so when she married car dealership mogul Joe Caine Dakin everyone assumed it was for his money they would be right as Roberta Ann disdains her spouse¿s roots. More upsetting to the proper Roberta Ann is their seven years old daughter Calley. She detests her child who behaves like a low life Dakin rather than an upper crust Carroll. Unbeknownst to her sarcastic mother, Calley has inherited one thing from her Carroll ancestry, the ability to hear the dead speak, and a talent that her mom never gained.------------ Two women abduct, kill, and dismember Joe Caine with no known motive for the violence as they kidnapped him for ransom money. A shocked Roberta Ann accompanied by a grieving Calley who loved her daddy, flee their Alabama home for Pensacola. However, neither understands that someone in their new residence, so reminiscent of Roberta Ann¿s memories of her deceased great-grandma¿s house, has arranged it all starting with the vicious homicide and the relocation. That individual wants to own Calley¿s paranormal power, but that essence failed to understand the love between a daughter and a father a reckoning is coming.--------------- CANDLES BURNING is a superb paranormal gothic thriller that grips readers from start to finish as the audience will ponder whether the villain or the child will triumph. For Calley to win she must learn how to use her skills in spite of her loathing mother her incentive is her late father. Tabitha King completes the late Michael McDowell¿s tale so that no one will be able to ascertain who wrote what nor care as the growing suspense to an anticipated High Noon showdown is what the audience will appreciate.------------ Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Awesome Book

    Terrific book that is a smooth easy read. It will keep you guessing right up to the end

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    Cant's wait for the next chapter

    I haven't finished the book yet, but it won't be long. When I put it down, I can't wait to pick it back up and see what comes next. That's the best kind of book there is!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    A poor attempt at her husbands genre

    This book is catagorized as a gothic thriller???? Other than Joe Dakin's death what is gothic or thrilling about this book? I have never read Mrs. Kings previous books but am a devout fan of her husband who recommended this travesty. The book is slow moving never really gets going and never really ends. The reader is left with many questions the 1st one being why the hell did I waste the last couple of days reading this book. The story had potential never realized. And you have a whole lot of build up to nothing absolutley nothing. It's really just a story of a mistreated little girl with a few and I do mean few supernatural occurences to boot. What was Mrs Manks plan for Calley? There is speculation but no answers. I fear Mr McDowell is rolling in his grave knowing how his book was finished. Do yourself a favour and skip this one all together it's time and money I'll never get back.....

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    So very weird

    Here is a strange narrative style that kept me wondering where it was headed all the way to the end. It was ambitious to take on another writer's work and kind of Tabby to see that it didn't disappear. Strange little Cally isa bit of the writer'ssoul. She's not a credible witness to many of the events but that makes for a story worth sharing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2014

    Greatbook

    Curiously twisted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I loved the weird southern creepiness' of Mrs. King's take on th

    I loved the weird southern creepiness' of Mrs. King's take on this story. I APPLAUD Tabitha King and add a few loosely applicable likes/recommendations.

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