A stalker hides in plain sight. A victim faces her worst fear. And a dog seeks the missing - and finds hope.
Eight years ago, animal behaviorist September Day escaped a sadistic captor who left her ashamed, terrified, and struggling with PTSD. She trusts no one - except her cat Macy and service dog Shadow.
Shadow also struggles with trust. A German Shepherd autism service dog who rescued his child partner, only to lose his boy forever, Shadow's crippling fear of abandonment shakes his faith in humans.
They are each other's' only chance to survive the stalker's vicious payback, but have only 24 hours to uncover the truth about Macy's mysterious illness or pay the deadly consequences. When September learns to trust again, and a good dog takes a chance on love, together they find hope in the midst of despair - and discover what family really means.
Amy Shojai, CABC, is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of two-dozen nonfiction pet titles and the critically acclaimed dog-viewpoint thriller Lost and Found. She is at work on her next in the series of her Thrillers With Bite! Amy lives in Texas with a smart-aleck German Shepherd, a senior citizen Siamese wannabe, and a fun-loving delinquent feline rescue. Amy blogs at Bling, Bitches, & Blood; amyshojai.com.
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Secretive September and Her Good Dog Shadow
I would recommend this book to a friend who loves and values the human-dog-cat connection. Woven into the story are facts examples of dog training and facts about dogs and cats that an animal lover would enjoy. The book had a well-developed suspenseful story and characters with a lot of dog/cat involvement. More than just a thriller, it shows how the character evolves from a scared woman hiding her past (even when it inadvertently put others at risk) to someone who takes a stand against wrongdoing and her evil stalker and again opens her heart to human love and friendship.
Well Good dog Shadow of course. He exemplified eagerness to please and the loyalty of a dog for his person and even his cat.
I liked that she used expression and changed her voice and accent for each character. She does a mean Texas accent when in character.
I liked it when September owned her power as an adult woman and took a stand against her long-time stalker in spite of her fears. I appreciated how she put the welfare of her pets above her own.
I got annoyed with September sometimes for keeping secrets and her "if onlys" that ended up putting other people in danger,over and over. A good lesson there. I enjoyed listening to this story on my road trip. I read the first book, so this one was fun to listen to. In the last chapter after the story ends, the author shares what was fiction and which facts were true in the story, as well as where to learn more about the training and cat health issue discussed in the story. I received this audio in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided.
- Val Silver, author
Great mixture of suspense and pets
- Paula Gregg