Review: A Dog's Purpose

A Dog's Purpose
A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought this book – it was a Kindle Daily Deal and I saw it was about a dog… The story revolves around a dog, who is born as a feral dog and is taken in by a kind human. He learns to trust humans and so marks the start of his journey.
Unfortunately it isn’t a journey in the style of “The Littlest Hobo” (You have to be of a certain age to get that reference!) but rather a journey of reincarnation from one life to another. If you suspend disbelief in the notion of being born again (and this is fiction after all…) then the story isn’t that bad.
We follow our dog getting wiser and wiser as he tries to work out what his purpose is. I started to enjoy the book more about half way through but it is one of those books that I could only read in small doses. The style of writing was a little off-putting and I nearly didn’t get through the first 10% of the book. If you’ve owned dogs before you’ll recognise the sorrow of the owners as they have to say goodbye to their beloved pet, but this part of the story (like so many others) lacks depth and was a wasted opportunity to find out more about the characters and their feelings.
Unfortunately when I got to the end I found out there are numerous sequels (no doubt the reason for the promotional price) but I won’t be following the exploits of our clever dog any further.
More candyfloss I’m afraid, ok in small doses but a bit sickly if you have too much!

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