Unsaid: A Novel

Unsaid: A Novel

by Neil Abramson
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Unsaid 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
redmagc More than 1 year ago
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!!!)
BookHounds More than 1 year ago
In a way, this book should have had the word atonement in the title since the story revolves around life, death and getting things right or merely getting things on the right path in order to resolve all those ethical questions that occur in everyone. Helena has just died from cancer and returns to her home and life as a veterinarian to check up on her husband, friends and animals. She finds her lawyer-husband David overwrought and not coping very well with the loss. Helena took in strays of all sorts, from horses to cats and anything in between, so David must cope with the misfit animals while trying to go back to his high powered career. The story becomes a legal thriller as well as one of redemption when Jaycee, Helena's best friend and research partner, requests David's help in a legal issue. Helena is just an observer and narrates her life history and the current affairs in her loved ones lives in such a profound and beautiful way. Her love of all animals has been a driving force in her life and David never really understood it until he faces the animals he must now care for. The animals are portrayed so perfectly that they just jump off the page with life. There are many little twists and turns in David's healing process and through each step he finds help in unusual ways. He hires Sally, a vet tech who is out of work, to care for the menagerie and along with Sally comes her autistic son, Clifford who really adds another dimension to the book. The end of the book truly caught me off guard. I really wasn't expecting the book to end this way, but everything is nicely resolved (sorry, no spoilers here). Any animal lover will adore this book since it gets right to the heart of animal rights. Fans of Garth Stein and Temple Grandin will love this sweet and powerful story about the human-animal connection.
mwinter More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great book with several storylines going on that made every page interesting. I started reading this and never put it down until I was finished. It had a little bit of everything in it. Great read!!
susanryan2 More than 1 year ago
i have never cried so much reading a book...from the first to the last page. a seriously heartwrenching book.
AllAboutRoses More than 1 year ago
This story validated all the feelings and communications I have experienced with beloved pets and other living creatures. It is beautifully written. I found some of it hard to read because of my love for animals--I felt the pain and grief. When i first started reading I thought, "This is the perfect book for animal lovers. Halfway thru I thought. "I'm too soft hearted for this book" but I couldn't put it down. By the final paragraph i thought, "What a wonderful story and lesson to be learned". (I will never look at a veterinarian the same again~wow, what a weight of responsibility they carry.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have reviewed. It was the best bok I have ever read! I cried and cried. I reread the ending twice. Read it if you love animals and relationships!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are an animal person, you will love this book. The author treats animals fairly. If you are a fan of books like "All Thing Bright and Beautiful," you will love this book. The heroine is a vet. She is deceased, but because of her love for her husband and her animal, her spirit lives on the tell the story. She is trying to find a way to help her husband cope and so in lies the story line. You will laugh and cry. You will want to throw the book across the room. Mostly, you will want to read all of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a chance to preview the first two chapters of this book after reading a review online. Neil Abramson draws you in from the very first chapter. He has a wonderful way with words and even though there were several subplots within the story, he kept it fluid and non-confusing. His prose is beyond reproach. The book is narrated by a woman and I completely forgot that a man wrote this story - as a matter of fact, I told my friends that 'she' (the author) wrote so well :) Although I was anxious to find out how the story ends, I was kind of sad that it was over. I highly recommend this book and look forward to more books by the author.
KDavio More than 1 year ago
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.
Chazzancwa More than 1 year ago
Unsaid by Neil Abramson is more than just a novel. It is a character study of the human condition. It examines how life, lives and loss can impact that condition and how ulitmately it can lead us to a place of true healing. On so many levels it is a book for every home.
ReadersFavorite-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite This is a review of the audiobook "Unsaid" by Neil Abramson, read by Angela Brazil. Like most veterinarians, Helena had euthanized animals to ease their suffering. When she felt an animal still had a quality of life and a future, she brought it home with her. Helena was a woman of great compassion. At only 37 years of age her life ended. Helena found it difficult to move on. She wasn't sure why but she could not allow herself to completely leave this realm. David, Helena's husband, is devastated at his loss. He continues to live in the house he shared with his beloved wife and all of her many animals. However, he was just going through the motions. He finds reason to go on when he takes on Cindy's case. This story is narrated by Helena, after her death. She watches as her husband struggles to come to terms with living without her. She thinks back on how they met and ponders the memories of their life together. Before starting this book, grab a cup of hot tea and a box of tissues. More than once I found myself so caught up in the emotions expressed in this book that tears were running down my cheeks. I found the author's method of telling this story unique and brilliant. The characters have been superbly drawn. There is an important message in this book with respect to animal rights. I enjoyed this book. The voice of Angela Brazil is perfect. She gave Helena substance. There are a few scenes that may be too violent for animal lovers. I expect this book to hit the best seller list.
Michigan-Fan More than 1 year ago
The underlying theme of this story is communication however I have no words for this book....it is beautiful and magical and breathtaking. I hope everyone is lucky enough to get their hands on a copy of Unsaid...enough said.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Very good but keep on your toes while reading. The characters move in and out of the chapters. You may think one is speaking then you realize it was someone else. Overall, the story was great. Thought provoking re: animals, their rights and how we relate to them. At then end, things were brought full circle but the ending seemed rushed compared with the rest of the book. I just felt that too many characters didn't get full development and the story vascilated between scenarios too often. Things got a bit muddled in the middle of the book. Worth the read but I have read better animal stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book captured my interest from the first page. However, being an animal lover, the cruelty to the chimps in the laboratories was too difficult for me to read. I wish it would have gone to another subject because the book was well written and I loved the narrative by the deceased wife. I skipped an entire chapter about Cindy and realized since the focus of the entire book was on saving this chimp the story, I couldn't finish it.
Donna Hurley More than 1 year ago
Didnt really know what the book was about, something to do with human animal bond. Wont give any more details, except read this book, i laughed, i cried and i learned. What more can you want from a book?
yeomans07 More than 1 year ago
I got to read this as a pre reader and absolutely loved it !!! I really enjoyed the multi layers of storylines attached to each character. Looking forward for the next work by Neil Abramson.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes, there were tears at the end of this book and I think the author tried very hard to capture the ways that animals impact our lives. In some ways he did succeed, and in others he came close, but only close. Either way, it was worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book with a mild sense of irritation that I had chosen a bad read. Then as I continued to read, I realized what a treasure of a story this was. It was hard to take necessary breaks and I finished the book with a profound sense of gratitude that the author shared his story. I've never had a pet that I chose -- we inherited two dogs and a cat from our children who couldn't keep them for various reasons. My favorite was a chow mix named Ariel. She has incurable medical problems and eventually I had to have her put down. I've never felt such a gut-wrenching and long-lasting sense of loss, including the death of both my parents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!!
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nooklooker More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I loved the characters and the story. Beautifully written.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I give it a 5. It was extremely moving and very emotional.
Shabasset More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book I could not put it down. A must for any animal lover, and maybe even those who don't really care or like animals.