Kathleen McKenna's explosive third novel, The Wedding Gift, excels in so many categories it defies them all. It is a spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern-states mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent, and indeed psychopathic ghosts to haunt any town. It is also a murder mystery - why did Robina Willets apparently kill all five of her young children, and her husband, before stabbing herself to death? And, if you are in the camp of believing that "justice....just is not", then this will have you frothing at the mouth with righteous social fury.
Add to that the vision of two exceptionally beautiful girls lying on a landing stage in the middle of a secluded lake, sleeping naked in the sun...and then see if you can find any consecutive 10 minutes in this book when you don't at least snicker at the heroine Leeann's sly, caustic, sometimes-knowing sometimes "too stupid to live" commentary.
©2007 Kathleen McKenna (P)2012 Bell Bridge Books
When this first started I had second thoughts but it didn't take long til I LOVED it!!
at first I wasn't sure about her but she really fit the teen voice
I do not review many books but this one deserved it - I just wish it had been longer but it was a great twisted story to listen to, not many catch me off guard but this one did.
I was totally blown away with this book, loved the story and how the Leslie told the story...I laughed, cringed too. The book grabs u right away, worth every credit....
I want to be fair about this review, because I only managed to get through the first hour or two. Then I had to stop.
I found the narrator unbearable. But to be fair, she's reading a first person POV narrative of an equally unbearable character. Perhaps I found it harder because I'm not American, and I'm not used to certain very strong southern accents. Maybe it was just because I found the protagonist completely alienating: she's a very stupid, self-obsessed and shallow young girl.
The meat of the horror might have been great, but I couldn't make it that far. It's rare that I give up on an audiobook.
My strong recommendation is that you have a listen to the sample before you purchase this, and if the narrator doesn't bother you, you might give it a try.
I think this was meant to be a comic, tongue-in-cheek poke at vacuous, pretty, white trash teenage girls. The narrator and main character-the most unsympathetic, unlikeable 'person' ever to rell a story. I liked the main characters in Gone Girl and The Woman on the Train more. I laughed out loud so many times. This is like 'Dallas' if the poor teen cousin had told the story. What a soap opera! I like stories with social class issues and in a way I kind of found it to be a guilty pleasure. Oh. There is a ghost too-a Pam and Bobby kind of Dallas back story-but this is NOT a haunted house novel so much as a redneck drama of the most laughable kind. If it is on sale, you might pick it up as a curiosity.
The narrators voice is enough to drive anyone up the wall, the expressions were probably some of the stupidest I've ever heard... never been so happy to be done with a book!
Just bleh,that about covers it. But since we need 25 words, let add, yawn, snark, really? and C'mon!
"This is chick-lit, not horror."
If you're purchasing this as a ghost story, don't bother. The supernatural element of it is completely secondary. In my opinion, it's more an audio book aimed at the 16 - 25 market. And the ghost part just doesn't make sense at all. The whys and wherefores just don't add up.
The narration is good but the comedy nuances get a little lost.
"The Wedding Gift"
This book starts off really slow and the narrators deep south accent is a little putting off at first,but has the story unfolds it becomes creepy and scary and very sad,in fact a little disturbing too.
When the story becomes interesting you almost forget about the narrators voice.so if you do find this story slow at first please do not give up on it this is well worth a listen.
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