‘The Dogs’ by Allan Stratton

The Dogsstarstarstar(Age 12 and up). “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. What’s hiding in the night? Buried in the past? Cameron must uncover the dark secrets before they tear him apart.”

This paranormal psychological thriller is great for young teens, but did not have quite the ‘cross-over-to-adults’ quality that I was hoping for. Nevertheless, it is a nice creepy eerie haunted house story if that is the type of thing that you enjoy. The book does handle the topic of abuse in a beautifully sensitive way with the child’s perspective front and centre. I really thought the author did a great job of making the story compelling (it is definitely a page-turner), but at the same time addressing the trauma of a life lived in fear and self-doubt. Cameron is a determined, thoughtful character who develops so well. The author really made me care about him. A nicely written tween novel, on the younger side of 12 and up.

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