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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 ratings  ·  477 reviews
LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it.

Hardcover, 323 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Atria Books
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Spencer Quinn Spoiler alert: No. (And in passing, may I say that having the dog die is a rather cheap and easy way of touching the emotions of the reader. I want to…moreSpoiler alert: No. (And in passing, may I say that having the dog die is a rather cheap and easy way of touching the emotions of the reader. I want to do that, of course, but in a more subtle way.)(less)
Spencer Quinn I'm actually not sure re the series question. (I believe there's some demand for another Chet and Bernie next.) As for the GoodReads intro - of course…moreI'm actually not sure re the series question. (I believe there's some demand for another Chet and Bernie next.) As for the GoodReads intro - of course, I have no input in that. Here's a bit of news: Stephen King has also read an advance copy and this is his take: "Brilliant. Deeply felt, but totally under control. I loved it." Which is really nice, but I also value very much the opinions here at this site.(less)

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Susanne  Strong
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 Stars* (rounded up)

LeAnne Hogan is a woman who imagined her life turning out very differently. She is a former High School pole vaulter who joined the army immediately after, and ended up doing several tours in Afghanistan. She worked her way up through the ranks to become a Sergeant. She then became tougher than almost anyone she knew, including the men in her unit. Her dream once her tours ended was to open a Camp for young girls: to coach & train them to be as tough as she was. And then
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This stand alone book is a departure from Spencer Quinn’s normal fare, which is much lighter in nature. It's the story of Sgt. LeAnne Hogan, who was injured in Afghanistan in an explosion and is now back home. Her memory is as damaged as her face due to a piece of shrapnel in her brain and she's also suffering from PTSD. Quinn does a great job of getting you to realize what it's like to live with only one eye.

LeAnne is a prickly character but I found she was relatable in her own weird way.

How could I not read this? Just look at that cover…..a woman & a dog. It’s not exactly love at first sight but they just might end up saving each other.
When we meet Sgt. LeAnne Hogan, a few things are immediately clear. She has PTSD following a horrific attack in Afghanistan that also cost her an eye. Her brain is seriously scrambled. And she’s really, really angry. Thank God for Marci, her one-legged hospital roommate.
LeAnne’s memory of the attack is as fragmented as the right side of her fa
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I loved most about The Right Side is not exactly what I expected to love. I should start by saying that this is not the light-hearted mystery you’ll find in a Chet and Bernie book, Quinn’s other series. This book is deeper and more profound, with a complex leading character that I will be thinking about for some time to come. I was genuinely captivated by LeAnne Hogan’s vivid and emotionally chaotic perspective.

When I say that LeAnne is a phenomenal character, I don’t mean that she’s likea
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
The Right Side is an engrossing book about LeAnne Hogan, who has just returned from Afghanistan after being wounded. At the hospital where she is staying as she tries to come to terms with what happens does she get to know Marci, who has lost a leg. They become friends and bond over their military life. Then, Marci suddenly dies and LeAnne after leaving the hospital decides to drive to see Marci's daughter. But, she learns when she arrives that Marci's daughter has disappeared, did she run away ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-legs, war
Let me preface this by saying LeAnne Hogan could easily become a favorite character of mine, or in the very least one I would look forward to seeing again (so if you're listening Quinn, take note, cause I don't think I'm alone in this). The thing is, I would not have expected to be saying that near the beginning of the story. Why not? Because LeAnne has a rough edge to her personality. She is smart, strong-willed, but actually kind of bull-headed (her younger years seen by the reader in flash-ba ...more
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
The blurb for this novel is far more dramatic than the actual story. I can’t call it false advertising because it does include all the elements listed. LeAnne Hogan is a veteran of several tours of duty in Afghanistan. She has returned Stateside with traumatic injuries. Her right eye is missing, she has shrapnel lodged in her brain and she is suffering from severe PTSD. She does form a bond with her roommate Marci and this connection influences LeAnne’s soul-searching travel plans. When she even ...more
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Fantastic! This one is added to my "Best of 2017" list.

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This is an outstanding read – it goes onto my “Best Reads of 2017 “list.

If you are expecting another narrative in the style of the Chet and Bernie series – think again. I strongly suggest that you begin this book as if you have just discovered a new to you author – just expect this to be a brilliant read – and then you will not be disappointed.

For me this is a book that demands to be read in one sitting. The characters are complex
Sheila Beaumont
I totally enjoyed this book, even though the story is not told from the dog's point of view (as in the Chet and Bernie mysteries). There are two irresistible main characters: LeAnne Hogan, who has returned from Afghanistan suffering from PTSD, disfigured by facial scarring, and missing her right eye, and a wonderful, protective dog who shows up about halfway through the book. I was a bit impatient, wondering when the dog was going to come into the story, but it was well worth the wait. I would l ...more
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Okay, since I first opened the pages of Dog On It 8 years ago, I've been a Spencer Quinn fan -- it probably took me two chapters to consider myself one. So it's kind of a given that I'd like this book -- but only "kind of." This was so far from a Bowser & Birdie or Chet & Bernie book that they could be written by different people.

Sgt. LeAnne Hogan was an excellent athlete in her childhood and teen years, and then she
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

My high school coach always said morons make the same mistake twice and smart people make new ones.

LeAnne shouldered her duffel, kicked her boots to the back of the closet, left the uniforms on the rail. She closed the closet door, trapping Afghanistan in there, like a tiny battlefield.

The leash, still connected to the dog’s collar, lay on the ground. The dog snapped it up between her teeth and came closer, swinging her head back and forth, brandishing the leash, giving orders. T
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: s-bv-library
The first half of the book jumps back and forth between present and past. LeAnne is an injured vet with a missing eye and shrapnel on the brain that can't be removed. Her memory is chaotic, she remembers and forgets. The narrative of the story is much like how her brain works - jumpy and choppy.

At the end of the book you get the story of the missing daughter of her friend, the adoption of the dog and solving what went wrong on the mission. But, this was later in the book and with no surprises o
Chris Conley
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Sergeant LeAnne Hogan we meet a woman who has more challenges than any of us can imagine. Terribly wounded in Afghanistan, LeAnne is trying to figure out what happens now. This book is riveting. I had a really hard time putting it down.
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, kindle, 2017
I'm not sure who wrote the synopsis for The Right Side.. I definitely didn't get the book the synopsis implied. I thought this would be a good gripping mystery, but it really wasn't. I'm a bit conflicted about my feelings on the story.

I did like the portrayal of LeAnne's PTSD. The story is told through her eyes. At times, the narrative felt chaotic and confused, much like it was probably in her brain. She loses time, thoughts and says things that don't make sense. She isn't really a very likabl
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

Normally, "cozies" are not my favorite, so that may be influencing my opinion here. The Right Side was just a little too "neat" for me. It struck me that maybe Spencer Quinn was trying to break away from the "cozy" type mysteries, but somehow missed and just couldn't help himself and reverted back to the "tried & true" formula that works in the Chet & Bernie stories. I was hoping for something "grittier" given the main character a returning war vet with PTSD issue
The Right Side was a bit of slow start for me, but I really ended up liking this book. I was expecting more of a suspenseful thriller and was surprised that so much of the book went by before getting to the suspense and even to the dog--who seems to adopt LeAnne. There is a lot of set up to define LeAnne as a character, but it works--I found myself invested in her and with her unpredictability from both the attack in Afghanistan and her own personality, I wanted to see what she was going to do n ...more
David V.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received as an ARC from the publisher. I really enjoyed this one. The main character LeAnne is on military medical leave after losing an eye in Afghanistan in a failed mission. She's suffering from PTSD and as a result, she's angry, suspicious, tense, and functions as a hardass and a smartass(two totally different traits.) On a cross-country trip a stray dog adopts her and she changes slowly. She also solves two mysteries, one in Washington State, and one in Kabul. Written in the way people actu ...more
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Right Side by Spencer Quinn is a great read. "Leanne Hogan was a rising star in the army. She cones back from Afghanistan damaged mentally and physically, unable to remember most of the attack that hurt her and killed most of her unit. Her hospital roommate suddenly dies and Leanne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country. She becomes attached to a stray dog and searches for Mia, her former roommate's missing daughter." Leanne was a CST, also written about so well in Ashley's War ...more
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read

What I thought was going to be the story of a wounded warrior and a dog finding a missing child was not that at all.

A condensed version of the book’s description – LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan and came back missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred. Shattered by the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci, LeAnne finds herself driving across the country. When she arrives in Washington state that Marci called home, she makes the discovery
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Poignant, eloquent, and spellbinding!

Sgt. LeeAnn Hogan is at Walter Reed, recovering from the disfiguring wounds and trauma suffered in a failed military operation in Afghanistan. Disoriented, angry and scared, she takes solace in the friendship with her hospital roommate, Marci. When Marci's suddenly dies, it sends LeeAnn adrift; signing herself out of the hospital, she takes off to an uncertain future, deciding along the way to visit Marci's
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, scribd, 2018
When I got to the end of this book, I sat very still for a minute. Then I just said "wow" a few times. This one will stick in my mind.

LeAnne Hogan had plans. She'd had plans to go to West Point and become an officer and maybe a pole-vaulting star. But her plans changed.

LeAnne enlisted in the Army. After two tours, she had plans for civilian life. But she got talked into coming back for one last special tour. And her plans changed.

LeAnne suffered during the war. She's suffering after the war. But
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read in order to experience people, places and adventures I may never visit in real life, and now I have spent time with an astonishingly compelling female military veteran, and have been made to understand PTSD and the effect of debilitating combat wounds in a visceral way. (Oh -- and there's a terrific dog in the story too.) LeAnne Hogan returns from Afghanistan wounded, disfigured, frustrated and confused -- but by book's end she has begun to reclaim mastery over herself and her history, an ...more
Judy Lesley
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Atria Books. Thank you.

The main focus of this riveting novel is the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered by the main character, Sergeant LeAnne Hogan, after she receives a traumatic injury during a mission in Afghanistan. Fully the first half of the novel is focused on her past family history and on this tragic aspect of LeAnne's life as she tries to grapple with the consequences both physical and psychological coming out of her last mil
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
From the author of the Chet and Bernie mysteries comes another kind of story. There's a dog in it, but "Goody" is not the main character. It's LeAnn Hogan who is an Army Sergeant back from Afghanistan, broken in mind and body.

She's left Walter Reid after her roommate, Marti, died unexpectedly. She's drifting. She's wandering. She's rudderless. She makes her way to Oregon, Marti's home, and there discovers that all is not as it should be with Marti's young daughter Mia.

This departure into more
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

This wasn’t quite what I expected. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t good, because it was, but it doesn’t quite match the description.

This is way, way more about LeAnne than it is about the dog, or anything related to the dog. Which is kind of a pity, because it’s only when Goody adopts LeAnne that the story really kicks into gear.

But LeAnne’s life before Goody is even more important to the story than her life with dog. And a whole lot sadder.

LeAnne was an elite
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sometimes, and often the best times a character grabs you when reading a book and it won't let go. This character a figment of your own imagination but not totally under your power, demands to be brought to life and in the example of LeAnne Hogan, the main character in THE RIGHT SIDE, will bring herself to life with or without your help. In this book, Spencer Quinn, a tramatized veteran becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even tho ...more
Brooke Snow
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Despite the cover image and many descriptions of this book, it is not about a woman and her dog. It is about a woman trying to find herself and a purpose in life after a devastating incident in Afghanistan which caused her to lose her eye and resulted in the deaths of several of her colleagues. Disappointingly, the dog does not appear until 50% of the way through the story.

Brief Summary: Army Sergeant LeAnne Hogan is in Walter Reed Medical Center following a failed mission in Afghanistan where
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
my 1st Spencer Quinn. ...not my last!!
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Disappointing.....I'm a big fan of Chet and Bernie ( well, mostly Chet), and I'm feeling let down by Spencer Quinn, leaving us hanging on that score. So, I thought I'd give this a try. While his writing style is perfect for Chet and Bernie, it doesn't work in this story. LeAnne is a bright, strong, experienced army vet, yet her inner dialogue sounded a lot like Chet's....really out of place in this context. The plot here is no better than any Chet and Bernie, but nobody reads them for the plot. ...more
Mrs. Clare
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I was very intrigued by the plot summary for this book, but I don't feel it quite lived up to potential. It was an enjoyable read and an interesting look into the mind of a female soldier with PTSD, however, I do always struggle with male authors who try to write female characters with deep minds. Sometimes things come up that I think, "Women don't think like that". But maybe that's just me. Overall, it was a good book, just not outstanding. Worth the read though.
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Spencer Quinn lives on Cape Cod with his dog Audrey, and is hard at work on the next Chet and Bernie adventure.

Spencer Quinn is a pseudonym of author Peter Abrahams.

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