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As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she finds that it is not so easy to move on. She is terrified that her 37 years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena haunts-- and is haunted by-- the life she left behind. Meanwhile, David, her shattered attorney husband, struggles with grief and the demands of caring for her houseful of damaged and beloved animals. But it is her absence from her last project, Cindy-- a chimpanzee who may unlock the mystery of communication and consciousness-- that will have the greatest impact on all of them.

When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena's life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss, and discover the only way to save Cindy is to understand what it really means to be human.

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Fantastic read. Felt like I was right there.
August 12th, 2015
Great read about life and death. If you are an animal lover don't miss this book. Everything comes full circle.
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July 31st, 2015
Started a little slow but picked up the pace quickly . excellent story, a tear jerker at the end. Would read him again in a heartbeat.
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January 24th, 2014
Haunting and heart-warming. This is one of the very few books that I will read twice. I couldn't put it down and yet didn't want it to end. If you love animals, this is a must-read!
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October 17th, 2013
Get your tissue before you start reading. This book is almost uncomfortably realistic. It is a beautifully told story of what are the most heart wrenching times in a person's life. If you have a special pet in your life, you will see yourself in these pages.
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October 6th, 2013
I loved this book. It made me smile, cry, and really made me think about a lot of tough topics. I would definitely recommend it.
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September 28th, 2013
Great read, especially if you like animals.
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