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The Dogs

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  2,672 ratings  ·  514 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.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 2nd 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published January 1st 2015)
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"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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"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
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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
Wajoo die plot twist! Me likey :)
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
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
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
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
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
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
A fast paced read that'll keep you guessing until it's over... ...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
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
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. It is very well written for a YA novel. The story moves well and is hard to put down. A student came to me and insisted I had to read it. I’m glad she did.
Wendy F
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Ava Pulaski
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I thought this book was amazing! The title didn't grab my attention all that much in the beginning, but the story was just absolutely capturing from start to finish. This book had pretty much everything I'm looking for in a great book, but one thing I will say is this: the author should've made the backstory of the "murder" clearer, but other than that, spot on ...more
Rachel Seigel
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, thoughtful thriller that touches on heavy themes of secrets, abuse, fear and family while keeping the reader sitting tensely on the edge of their seat. No less than what I expect from this talented author.
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the title is misleading. The book was nothing like I imagined and not near as creepy as I was hoping but still a decent fast read.
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
A quick little ghost story/mystery that I really enjoyed!
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

So my son K saw the bookmark for this book in his school library and said: "hey mom you might like this book." His school didn't have the book but our local library did and I jumped at the chance to grab it. For a middle-grade book, it was actually pretty good. Cameron and his mother are always on the run from his father. They can never stay at a place for too long. This time they find a place in small town though where they end up moving too holds some se
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by my 12-year old niece. I haven't had much luck with recent "best-seller" thrillers; they were blah and predictable with very little thrill. I was pleasantly surprised and amazed by this YA book. It was spooky, supernatural, chilling, fast-paced, twisted, and constantly kept me both guessing and on edge with suspense. Loved it! ...more
Ramon Remires
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-as-4-stars
I don't remember the last time I finished a book in one day. It means something about the nature of the writing and the immediate attraction to the plot.
 I admit I was skeptical at first because I'm less attached to stress nor dark books, but it was just fantastic; from beginning to end.
It is a relatively a short book, and not too hard to understand it's plot. On the other hand, it is interesting and exciting.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I actually bought this book from my 9 year old daughters Scholastic book fair because the cover looked creepy. The storey does have a creep factor to it....if you believe in ghosts. It also touches on the subject on bullying, parent abuse and separation as well as mental health I guess you could say.
Mitzi Moshiri
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fast paced and exciting read. I really liked the character and plot development in this story. I wasn't a huge fan of the ending, but overall a difficult book to put down! ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an unexpected gift, and I was'nt sure what to think when I received it. However, I enjoyed the suspense and felt a bit inspired to research and write more. ...more
Let’s get this straight out there – I am a HUGE baby when it comes to scary stuff. I can’t even watch a trailer for a horror film, I have to close my eyes and cover my ears if I can’t get to the TV to turn it to another channel. So what made me willingly request a review copy of this book when I stumbled upon it? Well, I’m a bit of a contradiction when it comes to scary books, in that I can actually read them – it’s all to do with the fact that I can envision things a bit less gruesome and scary ...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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