THE DOGS by Allan StrattonThe Dogs by Allan Stratton
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on September 1st, 2015
Pages: 204
Genres: Action & Adventure, Bullying, Horror & Ghost Stories, Social Issues, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
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Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that’s what Cameron’s been told.

When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible. Soon he’s questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity.

It’s about ghosts and terrifying danger and going mad all at once. I didn’t know what was real and what was imagined until the very last page. I loved it!’ Melvin Burgess

Brilliant, page-turning and eerie. Had me guessing to the very end’ Joseph Delaney

I read The Dogs in one day, practically in one sitting. I literally could not put it down. Having said that, it is a middle grade paranormal mystery, so maybe I just needed some light paranormal mystery in my life. I was completely entertained by this book. The characters seemed honest and I loved the protagonist, Cameron. He was a deserving hero, who needed a little good luck.

Cameron and his mom are about to move, again. This time it’s 800 miles away to a little town to live in an isolated farmhouse. Maybe this time they will be safe and his mother will stop thinking every single car outside is his father. His mother has cut off communication with Cameron’s father, he’s a bad man and he can’t know where they are. She thinks he is still trying to find them. Cameron has other problems, like bullies in school and ghosts in his house.  What if Cameron is just crazy and there are no ghosts? What if he is crazy like his father? If he can figure out how the ghost boy died, then maybe he can be free of him.

I really enjoyed this read. The story is told entirely in Cameron’s POV. Cameron is in high school, but he is pretty immature and his thoughts reflex his maturity. He argues with himself a lot and second guessed his fears. I actually loved that about him because his argument resembled something I would think/argue in my head. The ghost he encounters seemed believable to me. What I mean is that it really worked for the story. Later in the story we get to see Cameron questioning his sanity, and since we only gets his POV, we don’t know what is real either.

I loved the suspense of this story. I really wanted to find out what happened to the ghost boy. His story had more questions then answers for Cameron. I also wished for Cameron to fit in more. Being new really sucks in a small town. After an incident, his social life becomes a living hell. No way any kid could come back from the situation the adults put him though. Also, the family situation was pretty horrible for him. Having one parent scared of the other can leave children confused. (i been there, so i know) Cameron is no different then any other kid would be in his situation.

Oh and don’t worry, the dogs themselves feature prominently in this tale, I just can’t give anything away about them. I think this will appeal to YA paranormal fans. I enjoyed it thoroughly!

 My Rating

About Allan Stratton

Allan Stratton is the internationally bestselling and awarded author of Chanda's Secrets, which was made into the Cannes Festival hit Life, Above All. Awards include the Printz Honour Book, two Junior Library Guild selections (US), two Canadian Library Association Best Book Awards, inclusion on the inaugural Pearson Foundation/Writers' Trust Read-for-Your-School list, and a Times Book of the Week. His work has been published in fifteen countries.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.


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