Review: “Don’t Tell Anyone” by Laurie Boris

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Liza Trager Stanhope faces a crisis when her mother-in-law, Estelle is diagnosed with breast cancer. When she and her husband learn that Estelle has known of the cancer for five years and has refused to see a doctor, and worse, that now that it is known, is reluctant to take the necessary treatments, all the ills of their relationship also come out into the open.

In Don’t Tell Anyone, Laurie Boris explores the intricacies of human relationships in a way that is both educational and entertaining. A frank discussion of the ‘forbidden’ topics; the things that are either never spoken of, or that are reduced to initials – like, the Big ‘C’ – is handled in a way that makes it easier to accept.

Boris had created a cast of characters that readers can identify with; from the fiercely independent Liza to the obstinate, but fearful Estelle; and moreover, care about. Raw human emotions are on display, seen through the eyes and thoughts of the characters themselves. This is not a ‘preachy’ story. But, it delivers a powerful message nonetheless, which is what an expertly written novel should do. The message delivered, most of all, is the power of the human spirit. Kudos to Laurie Boris for a story well told.

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4 thoughts on “Review: “Don’t Tell Anyone” by Laurie Boris

    acflory said:
    April 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Excellent review Charles, for a truly excellent novel. Laurie is a master storyteller and all her novels reflect this mastery, but it’s her understanding of the human condition that truly sets her apart.

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    laurieboris said:
    April 6, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Thank you, Charles, you’ve made my day! 😀

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    charlieray45 responded:
    April 6, 2013 at 1:11 am

    Lauire: Was my pleasure.

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    Laura Lynn said:
    April 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for the review. Must find this book as I am going through something similar right now. Insofar as I don’t want to be identified by my illness, just my wellness. Thanks again also for the beautiful photographs! Love it!

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