We Hear the Dead (Paperback)

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We Hear the Dead (Paperback)


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"Readers will be swept along with Maggie and Kate as they bamboozle an entire nation, and will feel for Maggie as she debates whether or not to leave the profession…Dianne K. Salerni has written a brilliant debut novel."



I began the deception when I was too young to know right from wrong. Only with the passing of time did I come to understand the consequences of my actions.


I do not believe that I have ever intentionally deceived anyone. Maggie has a different understanding of the events that have happened. To her the spirits were always a game. For me they were my life's calling. I have no regrets.

It starts as a harmless prank…then one lie quickly grows into another. Soon Kate and Maggie Fox are swept into a dizzying flurry of national attention for their abilities to communicate with the dead. But living a lie is sometimes too much to handle, even if you have the best intentions. Based on a true story, We Hear the Dead reveals how secrets and lies can sometimes lead you to what's real and what's right. And how sometimes talking with the dead is easier than talking with the people around you.

What Readers Are Saying:

"Masterfully written…a first-class novel."

"A crafty, enchanting, mesmerizing read."

"Adventure, romance, heartbreak, a bit of history, and a story that will touch you."

"Dianne Salerni is masterful."

"An enjoyable ride…and one well worth taking."

"A great read that had me turning pages long after I should have gone to bed."

DIANNE K. SALERNI is an elementary school teacher, author, and online book reviewer. She has previously published educational materials for teachers, as well as short stories. We Hear the Dead is her first full-length novel. With her husband and her two daughters, Salerni lives in Pennsylvania, where she is at work on her novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9781402230929
ISBN-10: 1402230923
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: May 1st, 2010
Pages: 448
Language: English
"Maggie is a bright, interesting, and down to earth character who believes that she is offering a service by giving comfort to grieving families… Those who like historical fiction will find this an entertaining romance." — VOYA

"The research is excellent, and the author displays a facility for fluid prose even as she writes in a modified archaic style that lends credence to the first-person conceit of the novel. Although the book’s length may discourage some readers, those caught in the story will enjoy it. A promising debut." — Kirkus Reviews

"Inherently fascinating" — Booklist