Published: June 14, 2011
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Synopsis from Goodreads
Ken Lowery is a man at odds with his life. He hates his job, is disappointed in his marriage, and feels resigned to leading a mundane existence.
That all changes when his wife brings home a rambunctious Black Labrador puppy named Silas, who forges a remarkable connection with Ken and begins to heal his inner turmoil. When some neighborhood children start to go missing, he takes it upon himself to protect those around him and is thrust into a surreal world where monsters roam. Not everything is what it seems to be, he soon discovers, including his new best friend.
In some ways this is not an easy book to read. The protagonist is an unhappy man. He’s a jerk to his wife, he’s depressed and folded in on himself and he acts more frequently like a child than a man. It can be hard to see the glimmers of good in Ken when he repeatedly does his best to make an ass of himself. Even when he meets Silas, the title character and the Labrador puppy his wife impulsively buys to infuse their marriage with some love, he’s a complete jerk. He flat out refuses to have anything to do with the dog, scorning both the newcomer to his family and his wife in a stinging fashion.
Somehow though, Silas reaches past Ken’s gruff exterior and connects with the true man within, the man his wife fell in love with, the man he could be if he would shake off the shackles of pessimism and stubborn pride. Reluctantly, Ken finds himself drawn more and more to Silas, who becomes a balm of sorts for Ken’s soul.
But, as Ken and Silas become closer, Ken’s life starts unraveling. And then something truly crazy occurs and Ken finds himself, with Silas, in a place that is clearly not Earth. In this other world, Ken has a mission to complete, one that will requires him to put the needs of others before his own. On this mission, he grows, learning the true value of the people and things in his life.
This journey takes Ken to some seriously disturbed places and there are some intensely scary events that occur. But no matter how horrifying and dangerous things get for Ken, I found myself enjoying how these trials by fire FINALLY push this man to be a better person.
At it’s heart, this is a tale of growing up, learning to value others and one’s self and focusing on the important things in life. I fully admit that I cried at the end.
Beyond the story, which is bizarre and fascinating, is the writing which I simply love. Rob cuts to the heart of the story with prose that pulls you in, making you, sometimes uncomfortably, part of the story. Even the way this story is written, as a story within a story, being told by an older, dying Ken to a hospital orderly, makes the reader feel present and a part of the tale.
I give it 4 out of 5 books
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