AD-gifted | Dog Days is one brave book to tackle mental health, unimaginable grief, the hidden inner pain, self-discovery, acceptance, forgiveness, and so much more. Oh, and there are dogs! Lots of them!
In the book, we meet three main characters. George is an irritable old man, having a hard time dealing with his wife’s death, who left him with a dog he didn’t ask or wanted. Lizzie, an autistic primary school teacher, had to run away from her husband and hide in a woman’s shelter with her son Lenny. Dan is a therapist struggling with OCD and sharing life with his dog named Fitz.
We initially thought it would be a lighthearted, heartwarming read, but it turned out to be a really emotional rollercoaster. It was so much more than just a story about dogs. In a way, each character is reliving their own “dog days”, and at times it made us laugh, cry or just stare blankly out of the windows. The lovely dogs all played their part in giving their owners genuine admiration and relief than they needed it most; however, they were not the plot’s central characters.
What makes this story so incredible is how each character is similar and different at the same time. While dealing with different situations, their lives are being woven together in a very thought-provoking way, making this a much deeper read than we first thought it would be. It was an absolute page-turner, and three stories running in parallel kept as going till very late each night. The ending was not necessarily happy for each of the characters, but portraying real life.
Painful, gut-wrenching, joyful and uplifting at once – fantastic read.
TW: miscarriage, self-harm, suicide and homophobia.
5 stars out of 5 from both of us 👩🏻🦰🧔
Thank you @doubledaybooks @erickawaller1 and @tandemcollectiveuk for book!