The DogsBook - 2015
Now in paperback-the internationally acclaimed psychological thriller from Governor General's Award nominee Allan Stratton.
Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them-or at least that's what Cameron's been told.
When they settle into an isolated farmhouse, Cameron soon finds himself embroiled in the unsolved mystery of a woman and child who disappeared decades ago, and he starts to hear and see things that just aren't possible. What's hiding in the night? What's buried in the past? Are there dark secrets to uncover, or is Cameron's own mind playing tricks on him?
In The Dogs, acclaimed author Allan Stratton manages to deliver at once a page-turning thriller and a powerful exploration of the realities of domestic violence and its after-effects.
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After five years of being on the run from an abusive father/husband, Cameron and his mother move to an old, abandoned farmhouse in yet another new community, Wolf Hollow.
The peeling paint on the house, the missing boards on the barn and the all-around neglect give the property an air of desolation and foreboding.
In truth, it is a place full of terrible secrets from the past.
Almost immediately, Cam feels a distinctly creepy sensation in certain places on the property, especially in the basement and the barn. He soon begins to see and talk to a young boy who appears only to Cam, and who seems much too real to be a ghost. Sometimes he hears guard dogs barking and snarling somewhere on the farm - or he believes that he does.
Decades ago, a murder occurred on the property. The evidence was concealed and buried there. For some reason, Cam, with the help of the young ghost, is the only one who can find that evidence.
Cam becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of the murder, and he does ... but in doing so, he is drawn into the tragedy so completely that he sometimes doubts his own ability to distinguish what is real and true from what isn't. He has nightmares every night. He starts to wonder who he can really trust.
Can he even trust himself?
The many twists and turns in this thriller/mystery will definitely hook readers and keep them in suspense until the end.
** Recommended for ages 11 years and up.
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