Tuesday, August 2, 2011

(123)Unsaid by Neil Abramson


In Unsaid, Manhattan attorney, David Colden's world has been shattered. His beloved wife, Veterinarian, Helena has just passed away after a battle with breast cancer. He is just a lost man disintegrating in a world of grief. We, the reader, get to watch David's dissent into hell, but this is where it gets unique. We are watching David with his late wife, Helena. Helena is the narrator of the story and we also get to see Helena's reaction to David's grief. When someone from Helena's past contacts David for help, David realizes that there are parts of his wife's past that he knew nothing about. Will he be able to reconcile the Helena he knew with the Helena he is discovering now? And will he be able to help her old friend with a cause that is becoming near and dear to his heart?

Unsaid is a unique book, the grief felt by David and his critters is almost palpable. It felt very voyeuristic to look in on him with his grief, especially with Helena. She is almost shocked at how far he let his grief bog him down. It is hard to read in some parts, but it is almost exciting to read when David starts to live again.

Overall, Unsaid is a powerful and emotional read. It is about those of us left behind when a loved one dies and what we have to do to cope.

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