Brodie didn’t remember the exact moment that he died. But he did remember the exact moment that he woke up afterward. When he woke up he was already running.
In his awe-inspiring new novel, acclaimed author Dan Gemeinhart brings his signature blend of action, heart, and beautiful, deliberate prose to the story of a good dog who can’t move on to the afterlife until the boy he loves is safe.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a Physical copy of the book by Scholastic India in exchange for an honest review. However, all the thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Trigger Warnings: Domestic Violence, Child Violence, Animal Abuse and Dog Fighting
Having a dog or cat own me is one of wildest and cherished dream of mine (and don’t tell anyone; I am getting close this fulfilling this dream of mine!) – and I just knew I was going to fall in love with Good Dog, the moment I read the blurb of the book and I wasn’t wrong, in fact THIS WAS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HEART RENDERING NOVEL I HAVE READ IN A WHILE.
Well, considering the fact that I like animals more than I could ever hope to tolerate humans, this love for this book was sorta expected 😀
Brodie is a good dog – a dog who died; but who instead of moving on to Forever; and even though he doesn’t remember anything about his life down on Earth, he knows one thing for certain – his human, Aidan, is in danger and he has to go back to protect him.
But here’s the catch; he won’t be going in physical form; but as a facsimile of his self, a spirit if you may. But does that deter our good dog; no it doesn’t! In fact, it makes him all the more determined to get down here; and protect his boy.
“Aiden. His Boy. The boy of wide – mouthed laughter, the boy of secret bedtime tears, the boy of fierce hugs and thrown balls and behind – the – ear scratches. The boy with the broken nose and the black eye who only wanted one thing: a picture of him and his dog.”
Slowly, but surely, Brodie started getting flashbacks of his life with Aidan; sometimes sweet; other times heart breaking but always full of love, faith and laughter – the connection that Brodie feels with Aidan is one of the MOST WONDERFUL and BEAUTIFUL part of this book.
I swear; if I wasn’t already inclined towards pets – I would be sold on the idea of a pet loving me with everything in him – the loyalty and trust that he showed for his boy; won me over, in the first chapter itself.
I promise you; this is a book that YOU WILL LOVE – whether you are a pet lover or not; because it has far reaching message than the bond between and animal and their human. It shows that our lives are not just the consequences of our decisions but also of our choices; easy or hard.
The writing style of the author is dazzling – he catches your attention right from the start and doesn’t let you go till the end. It is raw, emotional and written simplistically enough to create the maximum impact.
READ THIS BOOK – trust it is one of those books; that deserve to be part of every reader’s bookshelf.