The Dogs by Alan Stratton
Published by Penguin Books Australia
After reading The Dogs, written by Alan Stratton I was quite impressed with how he had managed to keep the book dark and exciting without going too far for the readership age. The Dogs is a compelling story of things not being as they may first appear.
Our protagonist, Cameron, with his mum are on the run. It takes a little while before the reader can come to the conclusion that it’s Cameron’s father as a result of what would seem to be domestic violence. After his father tracks them down again, the pair fled to the middle of nowhere and rent and old farmhouse - which, like this story, is not what it first seems.
The old house has a history, one that’s grim and rather gruesome. It’s not long before Cameron realises he’s not along, and one of the old residents of the house is still around. Cameron strikes up a relationship with the ghostly spirit of Jacky as he tries to unravel the mysteries of the house.
Cameron must also face some demons of his own when his father tracks them down, but does it end in tragedy for Cameron and his mum, or will Jacky intervene?
An interesting read for young readers with a penchant for something a little more dark, and twisted will get a thrill from this book.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Alan Stratton
Title: The Dogs
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: January 2015