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Candles Burning | [Tabitha King, Michael McDowell]

Candles Burning

When her daddy is tortured and murdered by two women with no discernible motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There, another woman awaits their presence, a woman who knows what Calley is and who seeks to control her. For Calley is no ordinary little girl.
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Publisher's Summary

Author Michael McDowell, known for his chilling Blackwater series, left behind the unfinished manuscript of Candles Burning at his death in 1999. His close friend, Tabitha King, has taken up where he left off, weaving a Southern gothic fabric of murder, guilt, innocence, corruption, and survival, in the voices of the living and the dead.

Seven-year-old Calley Dakin is daddy's little girl, but her well-born mother persists in her contempt for the Dakin name. When her daddy is tortured and murdered by two women with no discernible motivation, Calley and her mother find themselves caught up in inexplicable events that exile them to Pensacola Beach. There, another woman awaits their presence, a woman who knows what Calley is and who seeks to control her. For Calley is no ordinary little girl.

©2006 Michael McDowell; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[A] lightly supernatural confection....King completes it beautifully as to tone, aura, and flavor, and it's funny and intriguing, magnetically readable." (Booklist)
"A mix of magic realism and Southern gothic, this stunning collaboration moves at a hypnotic pace, like an Alabama water moccasin slipping through black water." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dan's Gal Sal Twin Cities, MN 03-21-07
    Dan's Gal Sal Twin Cities, MN 03-21-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Pay Attention!!"

    This is more than just the charming coming of age story of a slightly different southern girl named Calliope. I set out listening to it as though Ms. King & Mr. McDowell were relating a story of a sweet girl, her society mother and dominant grandmother. But it's much more.
    I had to go back to the beginning and listen to parts again. I had forgotten critical details in the little vignettes about Calliope's childhood that turned into important points later on.
    The story itself, is very good. You'll find yourself rooting for Callie, as she develops into a woman, much to the chagrin of her mother and the manipulative souls around her, but the mystery buried within is what the book is all about.
    So, pay attention to the details and you will enjoy the book that much more.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 06-13-07
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 06-13-07
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    "Awesome"

    At the beginning I thought of fast forwarding. Glad I didn't there was one spot where I said "Oh Yeah" this is going to be great. And I wasn't wrong. Strong story line with well developed characters. Subtle is how I would characterize this amazing novel. If you like supernateral tales then this one is for you. Mother and daughter relationship is somewhat humerous. Not funny ha ha though. Coming of age is also an important theme. All in all this book is an enjoyable and rewarding listen. Finally I must say that the Narrator could not have added more flavor to this delicious tale. It basically has a Southern backdrop with a little girl able to communicate with dead people.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Cathy Ridgecrest, CA, USA 10-21-09
    Cathy Ridgecrest, CA, USA 10-21-09
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    "Great Story, EXCELLENT narrator!"

    I found this book to be riveting. I loved the story line and the narrator, Carrington MacDuffe, took me 'there' with her superb southern accent. I was spellbound. But, I have to admit, that I was a little disappointed in the ending. But, overall, it was still an excellent adventure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pearl Cape Coral, FL, USA 12-27-08
    Pearl Cape Coral, FL, USA 12-27-08
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    "A bit of a letdown"

    The narrator is top-notch, and suits the ambience of the book very well. The story is interesting, but once it was finished I found myself rather disappointed and unsatisfied. The ending seemed rather contrived, and just did not seem worthy of how the story began.

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    Maja United Kingdom 01-08-08
    Maja United Kingdom 01-08-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Candles Burning"

    I loved it.......

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Slidell, LA, United States 01-27-08
    James Slidell, LA, United States 01-27-08
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    "So bad it's good?"

    I must say that this was the second worst book I've ever purchased from Audible. I've started listening to it twice and have finally made it past the first half. The author has broken just about every rule for writing a meaningful and interesting story. Most authors learn quickly that writing in the 'first person' is seldom successful. If the book has any direction, or plot, it is not noticable. As an author myself, I always try to seek what the writer is trying to say, and where the storyline is headed. That should become apparent early on in the story. In this case it has not.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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