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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,136 ratings  ·  463 reviews
Out of the corner of my eye, I catch something moving by the barn.

When I look, it disappears. Wait. There it is again, at the cornfield.

Some movement, some thing.

Mom and I have been on the run for years. Every time he catches up with us, we move to a new place and start over.

But this place is different.

This place is full of secrets. And they won't leave me alone.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 2015 by Andersen Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Twitch Mike. Page 227

"I hear you buddy. Just remember, my name is Mike."
Dad chuckles "Mike. It's a good guy name, like Cameron. Not a name like Cody."

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

This is a great little book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is a ghost story that has some creepiness, but is one of those that you feel good about when everything is finally revealed.

Cameron and his mom move around a lot. They are always running from Cameron's dad who seems to not be a nice guy. This final move brings them to the old farmhouse that seems like it needs to be demolished by the way Cameron describes it. Needless to say he's not happy at having t
Mom and I have been on the run for years. Every time he catches up with us, we move to a new place and start over.

But this place is different.

This place is full of secrets. And they won't leave me alone.

Cameron and his mother have moved four times in five years. His mother has kept them on the run, hiding from his father whom she says is hunting them. Cameron was only 9 when he last saw his father and he wonders if his mother is telling the truth about his father or if she's just crazy. After
May Fungi From Yuggoth

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! It was spooky, supernatural, down-home, crazy-making, twisted, and constantly kept me both guessing and on edge with suspense. I really related to Cameron, the adolescent protagonist, who both sees and hears apparitions, which may or may not be real; and who may or may not resemble his crazy or not-crazy dad; and who himself may or may not be (choose one): mentally disturbed, paranoid, a troubled teen. With all that's going on in his life, a
Floor Flawless (Tussen De Boeken)
Wajoo die plot twist! Me likey :)
Claudiu D.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mistery, fast-paced
Am crezut ca o sa fie un roman tampitel, gen YA.
Nu a fost cazul. Un soi de Southern Gothic reinterpretat modern.
Mi-a placut.
Andrei Cioată
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Îmi era dor să citesc un thriller într-adevăr bun!
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is Cameron and Jackie's mystery...good luck trying to figure it out

Want to thank a friend from our Goodreads book group for sending me this great book and Stephanie who is our group MOD for suggesting this book for us. Thank you both Karen and Stephanie...
This book is one that I would recommend to anyone that loves reading a different kind of psychological thriller other than what we've been reading in the group.
Cameron is a kid that just moved into a new farming town with his mom after a
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I'm always at a bit of a loss when teens or older kids ask me for "scary books." Looking at the trends in YA publishing (dystopia, romance-faux-dystopia, realism with a healthy dose of chronic/fatal illness), it's probably due for another resurgence. I remember books like I Know What You Did Last Summer being really popular when I was in middle school, but in my excessive nerdiness, I was too busy hunting down Wilkie Collins novels instead of reading pop teen lit. I wish I had.

I've tried a few "
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wauw. Wat een boek. Ik houd van de mysteries die hierin voorkomen!

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Bij het lezen van de flaptekst, dacht ik yes, een boek vol mysterieus en geheimzinnige ontdekkingen. Ik houd ervan als een auteur niet meteen alles weggeeft en dat je als lezer zelf ook nog moet raden hoe het nu eigenlijk zit. Allan Stratton is daar meester in, ik vond de mysteries best wel spannend en kon zelf niet meteen raden hoe het nu meteen zat. Ik dacht eigenlijk vooral net als Ca
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
Really creepy and well written, just wish it had been longer!

I received a copy of this book for review from Netgalley via the publisher. Thank you!

THE DOGS was a super creepy read that I guarantee will spook you, especially if you read it at night. What I loved most about this book is how unsettled the story made me feel. I wasn't sure what was real and what was imagined, and I become positively giddy when an author achieves that.  

Cameron, the main character and narrator, has had a difficult t
Daniela Ark
May 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Daniela by: Emily @ Confessions Of A Bookaholic
Sleeping with the enemy meets The Sixth Sense. This book is brilliant, so well written! It could be an awesome movie! My page-turner check marks go to ✓writing, ✓premise, ✓characterization and ✓plot.

4.3 stars

The dogs has many elements that you may find in other thrillers: the troubled lonely kid, the violent dad, the ghosts, the isolated farm, the old creepy farmer, the bullies at school, the old town stories about murders but somehow Allan makes them fresh and original and creates this great
This. Book. Was. Perfection.

There, I said it. :D it was beautiful! Wonderful plot, great writing, a troubled character i think lots of people can relate to. (Sad, but true.) it's a sad book. Sad and scary and hopeful and mysterious all rolled up in one beautiful story. It kept me guessing until the very very end about what was going to happen next, who did it. And if our main character was actually crazy or not. At times even I had doubts.

It's hard to find a great ghost story, but this one rea
Karen B.
This is a good YA mystery and interesting for adults too. The story centers around Cameron, whose mother keeps moving him from place to place, supposedly trying to avoid his father, who she is determined is trying to kill her and possibly Cameron too. This time Cameron ends up at an old farmhouse. Making new friends is difficult for him and his imagination is strong. Is he making friends with a ghost boy or is this just part of his imagination. The neighbor, Mr. Sinclair, who owns the farmhouse ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
קמרון ואמו נמלטים בפעם הרביעית (או החמישית. מי סופר?) מאביו המתעלל של קמרון.
הם מרחיקים לחווה מבודדת באמצע שום מקום, ושוכרים בית עזוב שדייריו הקודמים עזבו אותו בנסיבות מסתוריות.
קמרון מגלה שילד שהתגורר בבית לפני עשרות שנים עדיין רודף את הבית ומנסה לספר לו את הסוד הרודף את הבית. בעזרת אותו ילד, והרמזים אותם הוא מפזר, מנסה קמרון לפתור את התעלומה, כשברקע הוא סובל מבריונות בבית הספר ומנסה להתמודד עם הרומן החדש של אמו עם סוכן הנדל"ן בעיירה הקרובה. במקביל, קמרון מתפתה ליצור קשר עם אביו הפסיכופת, שיעשה
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally like YA, but this novel is truly excellent - realistic and mature, suspenseful and clever. The characters are masterfully done, especially the main character, Cameron, who sounds like a real boy and not like a smaller adult, as is often the problem in YA novels. The writer is not afraid to touch on very difficult subjects and life experiences, and deals with them in a non-sentimental, direct and even brave way. A very enjoyable read that doesn't insult your intelligence, no matt ...more
Laura Jelenkovich
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Davvero bello. Non capisco perché venga definito thriller per ragazzini, il fatto che il protagonista lo sia non lo rende tale. Per niente. Gli argomenti in background sono decisamente spessi: le violenze domestiche, i contraccolpi psicologici, i confini sottili tra realtà, fantasia e pazzia, l'ultraterreno. Inoltre la narrazione dal punto di vista del bambino e' stilisticamente credibile, anche se gronda della mano adulta che gli sta dietro. Si legge in fretta, molto valido come libro estivo
Easy to read, suspenseful but unexpectedly dark for a middle grade novel. No wonder my 12 year old had trouble sleeping at night after some of the scenes.
Anton Raul
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un thriller cu adevărat bun, care se remarca prin modul în care e scris, personajele perfect creionate si acțiunea pe repede-nainte. Recomand. A urcat in topul cartilor mele preferate. A se citi toamna, in preajma Halloweenului
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced read that'll keep you guessing until it's over...
Beware of The Dogs. Allan Stratton’s Teen Psychological thriller is dark, edgy and will leave you with your teeth clenched as the author skillfully blurs the lines between a paranormal phenomenon and possible mental illness. Is Cameron’s past finally catching up with him? Constantly moving to stay one step ahead of her abusive husband, Cameron’s mother has found an isolated old farm house with a sketchy past of its own. Intrigued, Cameron begins seeing things as he digs deeper into the story of ...more

I read a lot of YA and I absolutely love a good paranormal thriller, so The Dogs seemed right up my street! It was an interesting book that I would definitely reccomend, but it does sit on the younger part of the YA scale.

Cameron is a young boy who is constantly moving from one small town to another while on the run with his mother. The story follows their move to their newest home, an isolated farmhouse with a dark past. He goes on to explore the house's history, while battling family turmoil
Erin Bow
I picked this up because I liked other books by Stratton -- especially Curse of the Dream Witch, which is a great middle grade -- and wanted to see what he could to with what was billed as a psychological thriller. Answer: A LOT.

I didn't connect to this initially. Cameron's first person voice was authentic but not terribly interesting to me, personally. I wanted, too, more height from the ambiguity. His mother moves him from place to place because she's afraid of his estranged father. Is that th
Cameron's life have been full of upheaval as his mom moves him frequently to protect him from his father who she says will kill them if he finds them.

He is tired of moving and very unenthused at their latest home on a farm in a small community. He is bullied at school and doesn't know what to think when he sees the ghost of a boy named Jacky.

The more he learns, the more he suspects long ago crimes and wonders what is real and isn't. As a reader you are not too sure either. The present overlaps w
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, sp
Les Chiens (éd. Milan) est un excellent thriller psychologique jeunesse, flirtant avec le fantastique. L'auteur joue avec nos émotions et nos certitudes pour nous faire douter de tout, ne nous laissant aucun répit.
Les Chiens aborde le dur sujet de la maltraitance des enfants, des relations abusives et de la place des enfants dans un couple qui se déchire.
Une brillante double enquête entre le présent et une tragédie similaire ayant eu lieu une cinquantaine d'années auparavant.
Vous ne lâcherez
Agnieszka Kalus
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Połączenie horroru i thrillera wydawało się dość karkołomne, ale wyszło naprawdę dobrze. Zaskakująco dobra powieść o przemocy w rodzinie i zagadce kryminalnej sprzed lat. Warto przeczytać niezależnie od wieku.
Annie Bacon
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plus un thriller qu'un véritable libre d'horreur, la paranoïa du héros, pourtant bien justifiée par l'attitude de sa propre mère, m'a un peu agacée pour la première moitié, mais la deuxième m'a tant tenue en haleine que je me devais de lui donner 4 étoiles. Rarement ai-je eut autant envire de crier des directives à un personnages, comme un enfant devant Gignol. Très prenant.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Prostie de carte tipica genului young adult.
De ce sa fii scriitor cu cititori seriosi, cand poti sa scrii carti superficiale pentru oameni superficiali?
Wendy F
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
There is something so haunting and lonely about the cover of The Dogs, isn’t there? If a book cover is supposed to embody the soul of the book, providing it’s readers a first impression of the emotion that the story should invoke, than whoever designed this cover really hit the nail on the head. There’s the eeriness of the old house, the sadness of the dead fields… yet there’s a light on in the window, and the sun is shining, which makes it feel almost inviting. It’s a good balance between the d ...more
Betsy Hetzel
Although this was written for a YA audience, it appealed to me and IMO, adults would like this psychological thriller; it's an interesting read, even a good ghost story. It's a "creepy" book throughout, and the location/setting adds to the creepiness: an isolated, run-down farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. It's a book about living in constant fear of what might happen, very chilling, plus the plot, involving a panicked mother with her teenage son Cameron constantly on the move, running from an ...more
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ALLAN STRATTON is the internationally acclaimed author of CHANDA'S SECRETS, winner of the American Library Association's Michael L. Printz Honor Book, the Children's Africana Book Award, and ALA Booklist's Editor's Choice among others. His first YA novel was the ALA Best Book LESLIE'S JOURNAL. His latest, CHANDA'S WARS, a Junior Library Guild selection, won the Canadian Library Association's Young ...more
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