Review by Anniek
Nicholas stopped speaking after The Very Bad Thing happened. His mother is gone and he now lives with his Very Nice Aunt. His aunt lives in a small cottage and never pushes him to do things he doesn't want to do. She walks him to school and to his therapist because she knows Nicholas doesn't like to be out on the streets by himself.
One day when Nicholas and his aunt are on their way to the store they spot a dog on the street looking up to the sky. This dog looks like he's a stray. When Nicholas speaks to the dog in his mind the dog answers back. It turns out they have a special bond and a telepathic connection. Mikey, the dog, follows Nicholas and his aunt back to their house. He then helps Nicholas to overcome his fears one step at a time. When they see The Man That Did The Very Bad Thing Nicholas and Mikey are doing everything they can to get him arrested.
The Dog with the Golden Eyes is a story full of suspense, which is perfect for kids. L.M. Kay's writing style is exactly right for children. She uses words that they would use and the story is perfectly understandable even though situations and people are not mentioned by name. I loved the fact that a boy who doesn't speak formed a special connection with a dog. Having a young child and a dog myself I could easily relate to the bond children have with animals. The fact that the story also evolves around Christmas made it even more enjoyable to read. I can imagine reading this book together with my son when he is a bit older.
If you're looking for a suitable book for your child I would highly recommend The Dog with the Golden Eyes. I think it would be a perfect gift for Christmas.
About L.M. Kay
L.M. Kay is a pen-name of Lesley Tither, who also writes adult crime fiction under the pen-name L.M. Krier. She lives in France with her two border collies, Fleur and Rosie.
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