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I Promise Not to Tell
ISBN: 1413704271

By Brenda M. Weber
Review by: Joslyn Sherry

12/01/04

I wasn’t sure what to think of this book when I first picked it up. I thought this was going to be a work of fiction, as it very well could have been, but this is a nonfiction work. This book could be a trigger for people who suffered abuse in their lifetimes.

The subject matter is disturbing but handled so truthfully that despite being repulsed by the action, I continued reading because I had grown to care for Brenda. To say she suffers in this work is an understatement but the way it is written did not force me to pity her. This was her life and as she is telling her story she holds nothing back, there is never an air of self-pity in the voice of the storyteller. Because it is so honest it almost reads like a diary I think because of this detail of other characters are lacking which could be a good thing since it makes the book more universal. The only clear character description that is given is that of Brenda herself, who is also the narrator. This bothered me at first, but in the end I felt that it worked for the piece as a whole. This is her story, and we see it all through her eyes; details can be filled in by reaching into our own lives and we become even closer with this woman who’s story we are experiencing.

This is a short book, 150 pages, however, the subject matter is so heavy that I would not recommend reading it all in one sitting. It took me three days to get through this one, but I always wanted to get back to the story despite the fact that I couldn’t handle it all in one bite. This book is not for the faint of heart.

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