If you're looking for a book you can just pick up and skim through quickly then this is not the book for you. I found it quite tough to get into at first, even though I tend to pick books which challenge me. However, after a few pages I found myself completely immersed in the story of Cass and the people of Pilothead Sound.
There were times when I thought 'Ouch my head hurts from so much thinking!' and this book really does make you think, but it's almost refreshingly difficult. It is so much better than a lot of the airy books written today, that hold no real meaning or passion behind their spines. The Dogs of Pilothead Sound is completely different from any book I have ever read before, and I will definitely be reading it again, and any other books which follow it.
There is so much detail in this book, I now feel as if I personally know Pilothead Sound and the people who reside there. I've never visited Maine or even New England, but I now have a burning desire to do so. I loved the development of the characters, especially towards the end of the book, and now I can't wait to learn more about them. The conversational elements of the story were extremely well written, it had me laughing and even crying at points. I found myself getting personally frustrated at the relationship between Cass and Lawrie, I just wanted to bang their heads together and get them to realise who the other one was. I'm also intrigued by a couple of situations that were left hanging, but I hope to find out more about them as the story continues in the next book.
The relationship between Cass and Lawrie was by far my favourite part of the book, but I also found myself drawn to characters such as Cato, and in particular Sheriff Sayers. The awkward balance between Cass and Kippie was very well portrayed, showing how difficult it can be to deal with troubled children.
Another aspect I really enjoyed was the viewpoints of the dogs, and how they referred to their owner as 'their person', it's a term I'd never heard before, but will now be incorporating when talking about my own dogs.
To summarise, this book is not one to take lightly, once reading however it's difficult to tear yourself away. I look forward to reading more in the future.
Stay safe, x