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11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

A very UNIQUE and COMPELLING first novel!!!--I can't wait for Neil Abramson's next book!!!!!

A unique, compelling and fast moving story-- I thoroughly enjoyed it and read the book in two intense sittings!!! That being said I happen to be a complete realist and very cynical person as well. Consequently I realize that many like minded folks may be more than hesit...
A unique, compelling and fast moving story-- I thoroughly enjoyed it and read the book in two intense sittings!!! That being said I happen to be a complete realist and very cynical person as well. Consequently I realize that many like minded folks may be more than hesitant to read this book given its unorthodox and unique premise. That notwithstanding, I strongly encourage folks like me to give this compelling book a chance--it will only take one chapter to grab you!! I also give even the most hard hearted human fair warning that they ought to keep a tissue box handy because they will be using it --more than once!! The story is told from the viewpoint of Helena, a recently deceased veterinarian who has not 'crossed over'. Helena remains earthbound watching over her bereft lawyer husband David and the animals she so loved. Helena is seemingly haunted by actions she took as a young veterinarian and was unable to forgive herself in life. And in death she yearns to 'right the wrong'. The author's stated day job is a lawyer. However I was pleased that the legal thriller story line--although essential to the story, well thought out and engaging--was not the main story line. The other story lines that weave through the book are more unique, interesting and compelling than the courtroom drama. Those story lines clearly increased the book's relevance to a wider audience than "the legal thriller groupies'. In addition, I found the supporting characters to be well developed with independent story lines that are compelling and complement and fully support the main themes. Of all the supporting characters I found Clifford, an autistic child as relevant to the story as the two main characters. Something unique from most novels. Although it is quite evident that animal lovers will rally behind this unique and compelling novel and they alone will make this novel a best seller, I think this compelling novel is equally relevant to anyone who has lost someone they have deeply loved and have found or are finding it difficult to work their way through that grief. This book is filled with hope and contains some real practical advice for those who are experiencing deep loss or have experienced such loss at any time in their life. Given the unique premise, interesting characters, and the level of compelling insight into raw human emotion this book would be ideal for book groups. I think it would inspire fabulous discussion and besides its a fabulous read--even worth a second read! ! A unique and compelling book!! (yes i used those two words over and over very purposefully--because this beautiful novel is UNIQUE and COMPELLING!!!!!! (and I was educated by Jesuits who taught you never to use an exclamation point--but this book is just too unique and compelling--I just had to!!!)

posted by redmagc on July 24, 2011

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

not your usual

The author decided to tell a story not usual in telling - while this story is worth the time it takes to read I am not sure how long it will stay with you after. In my opinion, I would have liked more character depth of Clifford and his abilities; more character depth o...
The author decided to tell a story not usual in telling - while this story is worth the time it takes to read I am not sure how long it will stay with you after. In my opinion, I would have liked more character depth of Clifford and his abilities; more character depth of Jimmy and his life; and more time spent with Skippy when it is his time to cross over the rainbow bridge. Instead of the seven year jump at the end of the book a longer writing so that we can experience some additional years with these characters. That being said, again this book was an enjoyable read and I would recommend to fellow animal/law lovers.

posted by KDavio on August 20, 2011

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

    not your usual

    The author decided to tell a story not usual in telling - while this story is worth the time it takes to read I am not sure how long it will stay with you after. In my opinion, I would have liked more character depth of Clifford and his abilities; more character depth of Jimmy and his life; and more time spent with Skippy when it is his time to cross over the rainbow bridge. Instead of the seven year jump at the end of the book a longer writing so that we can experience some additional years with these characters. That being said, again this book was an enjoyable read and I would recommend to fellow animal/law lovers.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Poignant but . . ? Poignant but...

    Having just gotten into an argument with a colleague about the souls of animals and their relative value, I found this book the articulation of much I wish I could have said. Abramson expressed the power and joy of sharing our lives with animals, as well as the guilt of turning them over to serve our own purposes and our failures to reciprocate. He explores the issues of grief, guilt, and fear of death/loss head on. The author expresses his ideas well and engagingly.

    I do not wish to lead the small life of cynicism and pessimism the author has one character warn another about BUT the overall poignancy of the multiple plotlines overpowers the point. In fact, the sledgehammer of profound truth falls all too regularly and resoundingly. I accepted these truths coming into the book and merely recognized my own attitudes the pages. I read, not just to know I am not alone, but also as a voyage of discovery. This book did not allow me to make any new diacoveries.

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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Okay - Worth reading

    I liked the story. I think the characters could have been developed a bit more. What I didn't care for is the fact that every character in the book had some hard luck story. It would have been nice to have some characters that didn't have such awful pasts. It made the story just too sad for me. I think it just needs a bit more balance. With that said, I would recommend it as the story was written with an interesting voice.

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