"The Dogs is a creepy thriller that explores the effects of trauma, paranoia, and fear... with the eerie supernatural element, it will keep pages turning well into the night. It is a great book to read on a storm fall night with the wind howling and the branches tapping at your window. A great thriller for MG and older." - Young Adult Book Central
"An Agatha Christie mystery novel on cocaine" - SLJ Teen Newsletter
"A real page-turner... [The Dogs] stayed with me for days, author Allan Stratton having created an unsettled aura the likes of which Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King routinely built into their work, too... Stratton's depiction of setting and characters is masterful, and his ability to create tension and keep readers on edge is equally strong.
" - Montreal Gazette
"It is increasingly rare to find genuine, convincing narratives that have us looking over our shoulders. The Dogs is such a narrative... At every point in the story there are two possible interpretations of the events: one based on accepting the supernatural and one based on realistic possibility... The architecture of these intertwining plots is strong and graceful... What would it be like if the most frightening thing in your world lay at the heart of your own family? Stratton imagines this horror fully and convincingly.
" - Quill and Quire
"The Dogs allows the reader to use their imagination. Like Fuzzy Mud, by Louis Sachar, it's a great book to use in a classroom or a book discussion group. " - By Hook Or By Book
"There are secrets that nobody wants to talk about and nightmares about things in the past. It's hard to tell what is real and what is in Cameron's imagination. The unexpected ending makes this sure to be a favorite with mystery readers. Recommended.
" - School Library Connection
"In this gripping psychological thriller, the reader wonders whether the tenuous grip Cameron seems to have on reality is because of his own past or if there is truth to the visions and voices the teen perceives. As his increasingly odd behavior begins to alarm his mother, Cameron wonders if he can trust his own mind. This thrilling page-turner builds to a dramatic climax which interweaves the personal story Cameron has managed to suppress, as well as the sad, violent story of the McTavish family" - VOYA Magazine
"This novel derives its horror from Hitchcockian suspense rather than torture and bloodshed, with the steady revelations of the old house's gruesome mysteries paralleling Cameron's increasing endangerment. This will be an easy sell to teens on the prowl for a done-in-a-night thriller." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books