In “Always Dog,” Patty McGill weaves a tense and gripping tale that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. The story follows Rick, a twisted and vengeful individual determined to exact his revenge on Joe, a security guard who once wronged him. However, as Rick methodically plots his actions, he encounters an unexpected obstacle in the form of Joe’s large, intimidating Rottweiler. The dog’s uncanny awareness of Rick’s intentions adds more suspense, raising the stakes and leaving readers wondering how Rick will navigate this challenge.
McGill’s writing style immerses readers in the dark world she creates. She can set the scene well, evoke a sense of tension in her passages, and create vivid images that capture the imagination—making readers feel as if they are experiencing the events alongside the characters. For example, “Rick’s head started to vibrate with pain as he strained to see through the mirror into the darkness behind him.”
She also created three-dimensional characters that feel authentic and relatable. Delving deep into the minds of both Rick and Joe allows readers to understand their motivations and inner struggles. This nuanced character development breathes life into the story and makes readers emotionally invested.
Rick’s story also explores themes of revenge, obsession, and the lengths one might go to satisfy their twisted desires. The book is a cautionary tale, reminding readers of the darkness lurking within the human soul. A notable quote from the book that sums this up is when Rick thinks to himself, “Maybe someone should kill my broken, sick ass self. Might do this joker a favor.”
“Always Dog” by Patty McGill is a gripping and suspenseful novel that will keep readers hooked. The author’s engaging writing style, vivid descriptions, and the unique dynamic between the protagonist and the dog make this book a must-read for fans of psychological thrillers. The novel serves as a stark reminder of the darkness within us and the consequences that can arise from unchecked obsession and vengeance. With its unique premise, this is a must-read for genre fans and a testament to McGill’s writing talent.
– The Moving Words Review
Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 3, 2024