One Good Dog by Susan Wilson
Adam March, a powerful executive, has a meltdown and loses everything. His job, his wife and kid, his place in society. When a judge orders him to serve his community service at a soup kitchen, he crosses paths with a former champion of the dogfighting scene who had been living on the streets. The two hold each other up and help each other find their redemption and a new life.
March as the hero is supposed to be sympathetic. You're supposed to root for him to be redeemed, to learn his lesson and make things right. I never could bring myself to care about what happened to him. I found him to be arrogant and hard to relate to. It felt like his path to redemption was short, and what bugged me the most was how what triggered his meltdown at the beginning of the book was largely ignored in the story until the very end.
It is not a deep book. The characters are largely one dimensional with the exception of the dog.
The most enjoyable part of this book for me were the chapters that the dog narrated. His story and the way he told it felt like how dogs view the world. It felt true. The dog's transformation from fight dog to beloved pet kept me reading. And the end left me in tears and hugging Cooper for 10 minutes. The dog lover part of me is glad I read it.
Next month - And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion for this review.