Candles Burning

Candles Burning

by Tabitha King, Michael McDowell
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Candles Burning by Tabitha King, Michael McDowell

“A mix of magic realism and Southern gothic, this stunning collaboration between King and McDowell…moves at a hypnotic pace, like an Alabama water moccasin slipping through black water.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Calliope “Calley” Dakin is no normal little girl. She hears things that maybe a little girl shouldn’t hear—and knows things a little girl should never know.
Just seven when her beloved father is tortured, murdered, and dismembered by two women with no discernable motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There—in a house that’s a dead ringer for Calley’s late great-grandmother’s house—another woman awaits their presence. A woman who understands what Calley is, but can’t begin to imagine just how strong her bond is with her father—even after death...

Known for his chilling Blackwater series, author Michael McDowell left behind the unfinished manuscript for Candles Burning on his death in 1999. In the spirit of the ghost stories that Michael loved, Tabitha King has taken up where he left off.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440621796
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 188,730
File size: 597 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Michael McDowell, PhD, 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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Candles Burning 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book that is a smooth easy read. It will keep you guessing right up to the end
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Kathleen Krumrey More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful and a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Curiously twisted
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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