Carrying the Dead
A young woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening.
When Hannah Moore discovers she is pregnant, she is devastated. Neither Hannah or her partner, Parker, want to keep the baby and discuss adoption. At twelve weeks, Hannah miscarries and experiences unimaginable grief for the unborn child she never wanted. Hannah doesn’t receive the support she needs from Parker, and the relationship breaks down. Hannah is in a horrific road traffic collision, and an innocent motorcyclist, eighteen-year-old Logan Slip, is killed. At the scene of the accident Hannah breaks down, as memories of her miscarriage come flooding back to her. She is admitted to a mental hospital, where she meets George (Buzzy), a healthcare worker. Hannah attends support groups and receives therapy and medication. Six weeks after her admission, Hannah is released from hospital and experiences recurrent nightmares and visions of Logan and a young boy who looks like Parker. George continues to provide comfort and support for Hannah after her release, and they develop a close friendship.
When Hannah’s nightmares and visions continue, George believes they are trying to give her a message embedded in an ancient culture. He suggests they travel to Mexico to meet Miguel and Sebastián, who helped him through drug addiction, following a caving accident. The couple fly to Texas and cross the border to Mexico. They rent a RV, and George teaches Hannah self-defence and meditation techniques. On their journey to meet Miguel and Sebastián, they visit ancient ruins and caves, and Hannah feels a spiritual connection to the sacred sites. Hannah and George’s relationship further develops, as they go on a journey of spiritual awakening, and discover a connection between Hannah’s unborn child and the motorcyclist.
Carrying the Dead by author Juliet Rose is a mystical fiction novel about an unlikely couple who embark on a transformational journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. This is an emotional and powerful novel that blends themes of grief, addiction, healing, and romance. Hannah is grieving for the loss of her unborn child, and George is recovering from drug addiction. The couple help each other navigate their feelings and deal with trauma, and I enjoyed seeing the growth of both characters throughout the book.
Part horror, part mystery, part mysticism and part romance, this is a moving, engaging and thoroughly absorbing read.
Star rating: 5 Stars
Summary: A moving, engaging and thoroughly absorbing mystical fiction novel.