The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin is a heartbreakingly beautiful, character-driven story with many wonderful secondary characters. There's actually several that I would really like to know their full stories, especially Amos, Koy, and Amanda.
I don't read the book blurbs for the books I read, so I had no inkling of what was coming in this one. My heart ached for so many of these characters and what they went through. I loved how everyone helped each other in various ways and the character growth for Dylan was so satisfying to read. My favorite scene, no spoilers, but it was towards the end and it took place in a ditch, literally gave me goose bumps.
Charles Martin is so talented and his stories just completely draw you in to the point you don't want to leave. While I felt like there were some slower parts, I felt very invested in these characters and I needed to know what happened to them.
*I bought this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium. 4 stars.
The Dead Don't Dance is a bittersweet yet triumphant love story—a tale of one man's journey through the darkness of despair and into the light of hope.
In a sleepy rural town in South Carolina, Dylan and Maggie Styles are a young couple in love, preparing eagerly for the birth of their first son. But events take a tragic turn in the delivery room, and their child is delivered stillborn. When Maggie hemorrhages and slips into a coma, Dylan slips into what can only be described as a walking coma, holding vigil at his beloved wife’s bedside.
Usually tough and self-reliant, an outdoorsman and a farmer, Dylan finds that everything he has known is suddenly thrown into doubt. Refusing to give up on Maggie’s recovery, a devastated Dylan takes a job as an English professor in order to pay for Maggie’s medical bills. Dylan connects with his students despite himself and offers hope to others amid his own disappointment and grief. As Dylan waits for some change in Maggie's condition, he reflects on his life and hers.
Through friends and grace-filled moments of insight, Dylan slowly begins to heal, but it will take a second tragedy—and an anxious period of wrestling with God—to truly awaken him from his stupor and open him up to a new life.New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin’s debut novel
Full-length emotive Southern fiction
Book 1 of the Awakening Series