Review of The Dog That Whispered: a novel
As a book reviewer for Faith Words, I was asked to review Jim Kraus’ newest release, “The Dog That Whispered: A Novel.”
As a dog lover, I was so excited to dive into this book. It was my first experience with one of Kraus’ books, and let me tell you, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I absolutely loved it.
“People my age ‘see’ people. We have dinner. We don’t date. Dating is for teenagers. He’d held two ties up for Thurman to look at. Thurman had sniffed at each, then had shaken his head, perhaps trying to say no, or perhaps shaking some manner of lint from his sensitive nose.” P 152
The Dog That Whispered is a book about Wilson Steele, a man who has spent his life alone, preferring it to remain that way. He goes to work every day, and lives close to his mom, who he tries to semi watch over. Other than that, his life is uncomplicated and peaceful. That is until his mom adopts Thurman, a rescued black Lab mix, only to find out that her retirement community has a no pets policy. Desperate to keep the dog she is already attached to, she cons Wilson into keeping him, “just until she can find another home for him.”
“She told me, or rather she whispered to me, that she was going to become a grandmother.” Wilson nodded. “It’s an ongoing delusion. Ever since Thurman showed up. She’s been telling others the same story.” p. 201
If you are looking for a great summer read, this book has it all. It’s a story of friendship, love, God’s mercy and grace, and most of all, it’s about forgiveness and being given a chance to start over. If the rest of Jim Kraus’ books are anything like this one, I want to find and read them all. Take my word for it, this is a must read.
Book: The Dog That Whispered
Author: Jim Kraus
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Faith Words (June 7, 2016)
Available from Amazon and other book retailers.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not asked to give a favorable review; all opinions are my own.