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Published by EViL E Books on October 10th 2015
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Source: ARC from publisher
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Since when did man’s best friend become his very own worst nightmare?
Harry wanted a dog.
He’d wanted a dog ever since his mother gave away the cute little mongrel pup he and his brother adopted when they were kids. His mom gave the dog away because Harry and Lenny didn’t take care of her as promised.
Now Harry is a grown man with children of his own. He brings home Queenie, a miracle of modern robotics who looks and acts just like a real dog. Big Mistake.
“One of the beauties of the K9-233 is that they don’t eat or poop.”
Harry’s wife, Pam, feels there’s something off about Queenie right from the beginning. And then strange things begin to happen: Harry’s five-year-old says Queenie talks to him. There’s the near fatal car accident after Harry makes Queenie spend the night in the garage for being naughty. But Harry loves Queenie—maybe a little too much. Will Harry realize there’s a murderous monster living under his roof before his entire family becomes dog food?
I liked this book! It was very short but definitely thrilling for nearly the entire thing. I’d love to see this as a short film.
The idea seems almost laughable—a dog that turns from perfect pet to evil killer. But when you learn that the dog is mechanical, a robot—suddenly it seems all too plausible. This story had just the right amount of buildup and good pacing. I was also never quite sure what was going to happen. That dog was a tricky one.
I think the kids had the most important part. Kids are usually the ones that are able to sense things that adults cannot, and though the opposite seems true in the beginning, it becomes clear that the kids know something. Their importance magnifies, especially towards the end. And by the way, there is a fun little twist at the very end that makes you rethink everything.
The characters were very believable, I thought. All their actions seemed reasonable for the situation, even though Harry made tons of stupid decisions. It was easy to see how blinded he was. He just wanted to see the best in every situation.
It is a horror story, though, so naturally there is some tragedy. The ending is up for interpretation on whether it’s happy or sad. It reads very much like a horror film.
All in all I recommend this book! It goes by very quickly and is quite entertaining—and hopefully won’t keep you up at night.
reaction upon finishing
Wasn’t expecting that!
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