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- Print Length: 213 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945302143
- Publisher: Italics Publishing (September 23, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075PD7SZH
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the reader to their level. I cannot praise this Author any higher. She brings a new meanng to my love of reading.
There are too many good things about this novel to write a thorough review, but I will summarize why I found it impossible to put down. 1. The premise of the novel is unique, a psychologist, Dr. Blackwell (Angela) is going through a grieving process of her own while trying to help save an angry man from damaging himself and his family and friends. Why is she so determined to save him and can she? 2. The twists and turns of the plot will leave you astonished, angry, sad and hopeful, but you'll be guessing how it is that Angela can help and beat the self imposed deadline of DJ, her client--who does not want her help. 3. The ending will leave you in tears and you'll never see it coming. 4. Not only does her work with DJ help him, it quite possibly saves her life as well. (There's a moral in there!) 5. Angela will amaze you with her creativity in working with a client quite unlike any she's had before and I was quite impressed with her ability to see through to the heart of the matter as she weaved her magic solutions and requirements from so little information supplied by DJ. 6. Probably the greatest triumph is how this novel sheds light on suicide and our veterans and allows us a glimpse inside a population subset that we often overlook through our own ignorance.
The main characters are well fleshed out and you will be able to identify with Angela, Taylor, and even DJ. There is such a feeling of reality and regret and hopelessness to much of the storyline that, at times, its hard to like DJ, as he appears so self absorbed, angry, and unapproachable. You'll want to shake him, but that, of course, is the wrong response and only a well trained thoughtful caring therapist like Angela would comprehend that. Most of us don't understand how veterans land on the street, homeless, trapped in their reality and quite often we don't seem to care--this novel will pull back the curtain on some of this. The greed of corporate America shines through, allowing us to see how eliminating jobs for profit only, affects the line worker who is living paycheck to paycheck. America has lost the "safe" haven that jobs once provided to its workers as we lose the concept of caring for our employees as we would our own family. Its all about the bottom line and this is an increasing problem in America that will eventually topple us all.
The only negative comment I have is that it appeared that DJ was drawn so tight, so angry, so seemingly unaware of his actions and their impact on those around him; especially his loving faithful wife Taylor, that while trying to relate to him and his situation, I often found myself disliking him, even deploring him. Perhaps this construct was necessary, in order to bring it all together in the final session between Angela and DJ. I actually bought this novel because of the cover and the title. I was expecting a different kind of psychological thriller, but was pleasantly surprised by this wonderful honest portrayal of a slice of Americana.
Highly recommended. Don't miss this one.
When Dr. Angela Blackwell receives a request to take on a new patient she is intrigued. “DJ” as he only wants to be known, is not seeking her out to help him, but rather to document his mental state and attest to his wife’s innocence when he commits suicide in six months’ time. Angela accepts DJ in a consultant capacity because she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this man, but cannot ignore her calling and still attempts to crack DJ’s stoic veneer to get to the heart of the problems that would cause this man to want to end his life. With only 6 months to work with, Angela finds herself in an increasingly frantic race against the clock to save a life that doesn’t want to be saved. DJ’s presence opens old wounds for Angela as she finds herself resulting to more unorthodox methods to save DJ at all costs.
“Stories Untold” is a departure from what I am used to reading from Leslie Wolfe as she steps out of the “Police Procedural” genre and into more of a “Pshycological Thriller”. Angela is a driven professional with a rock-solid mentor, but she is carrying around a burden of her own that serves to cloud her judgment in the case with DJ – but that may not be a bad thing. For DJ it seems that his two tours overseas saw more horror and trauma than one man can take – but what happened to cause him to give up on his loving wife and his future? It is up to Angela to try to coax these memories out of an unwilling and uncooperative subject with methods that may or may not exceed to limits of professional ethics. Stories Untold is the realization of the slow unearthing of memories buried deep to shelter a soul that has seen too much burden.
While this seems to be a new direction for Wolfe, I must say that this is a brilliantly thought-provoking story of life, loss and the ability to recover and move on. Stories Untold will make you laugh, cringe and cry and before you turn the final page on this thoroughly engrossing read.
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