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Title: Dog Days
Author: Ericka Waller
Publisher: Random House UK, Transworld Publishers, Doubleday
This is a dark emotional read about moving on from dark experiences with the support of a dog.
There are three main characters George, Dan and Lizzie. Their dogs are Poppy, Fitz and Maud. Initially there are no connections between them but as the story progresses events and their dogs bring them together. It is an emotive read, with some humour but also with a lot of darker emotional experiences. It is about the need for support, finding new purposes, redirecting and moving on with the unconditional love and support of a dog.
I’d kind of expected this to be a somewhat lighthearted read, something to put a smile on my face and make me laugh at the doggy antics. It isn’t. It really is a story about loss, grief, suicide, spousal abuse, self-harm and how dogs can help some recover after dark experiences. If any of these are triggers for you, please avoid this book! It certainly isn’t a book to read when you’re looking for something fun to cheer you up but it is well written, very different and explores some dark emotions in a sensitive manner.
Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for my copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
A story about love, loss and what is to be human…
George is very angry. His wife has died and he would rather sit in his underpants and listen to the cricket.The last thing he needs is his neighbour Betty poking her nose into his life. And then there’s the dog – a miniature dachshund puppy called Poppy. George doesn’t want a dog – he wants a fight.
Dan is a counsellor who is great at helping other people – if only he were better at helping himself. His most meaningful relationship so far is with his labrador Fitz. But then comes a therapy session that will change his life, even if this comes at a cost.
Lizzie is living in a women’s refuge with her son Lenny. Her body is covered in scars and she has shut herself off from the world. But when she is forced to walk the refuge’s fat terrier, Maud, her horizons begin to open up. A new life beckons, if she can keep her secret just a little while longer…
Three people at a crossroads in their life. Three people in need of someone who will understand. Dog Days is a warm-hearted, gentle novel about finding our purpose in life, because sometimes it can take a dog to show us what it means to be human.