Kaplan's ability to layer a story is excellent as she delves into her characters with honesty and precision.
Kaplan's characters, while fictional, have the heft and depth of reality, and the story has a quiet surface that opens out into dark and unexpected currents.
I bought The Tell and read it in one sitting -- a thoroughly satisfying reading experience I'd recommend to anyone.
I'd say this is "just average". I expected more, for it to be deeper. There is no "pow", it never grabbed me. For me, it rambled along. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Docsdaughter45
The author has a lovely writing style and it is beautifully worded. It was a quick read, but the fact that every character was a nut case made it depressing. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Barbara Hulsey
It was just an average story for me, although I still enjoyed reading it. My book club was disappointed in it however.Published 15 months ago by M. Greco
Frankly, I thought the book was just ok.....had to read it for my Book Club, but would not have picked it out for myself otherwise.Published 15 months ago by Judith S. Barrett
One of my main curiosities throughout The Tell was trying to figure out which of the three main characters would have the most meaningful discoveries regarding personal growth of... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Beth DiIorio
I hate to seem hyperbolic, but Hester Kaplan's The Tell is just about the best character-driven novel I've read in ages. Read morePublished 15 months ago by k.c.
I enjoyed both the writing and the story very much. The characters were frustrating - all so stuck, but that is what this book is about. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jane OFarrell
This might have been a good short story. Unfortunately, the author embellished it with much too much description thus slowing down the pace of the story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by proofreader
Kaplan not only writes stunningly beautiful sentences, she is one of the most astute observers of marriage that I have read, in any field. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Daphne