The Cat Kin are back! And if The Cat Kin was a good read, this is even better. Although they do work as stand-alone books, you'll enjoy them even more if yoiu read them in order ... after the events of the first book, Ben and Tiffany are (not surprisingly) feeling a little troubled. And are having difficulty in communicating with each other too, never mind with their friends and family. There's a pretty rough ride ahead for the pair of them, both emotionally and physically as Tiffany grieves for her lost mentor while Ben finds a new one to lead the Pashki group.
Once more Nick Green fearlessly tackles some tough issues head-on, including homelessness and even touching briefly on abortion: the main focus though is on relationships including friendship, marriage, love, trust, loyalty, fear and all the different ties that bind individuals together. Cosy answers are not provided to the questions and moral dilemmas posed: as in all good books, readers are encouraged to work them out for themselves.
Weaving through the plot, rather like a cat between yoiur legs is a further subtext, on the theme of being lost - whether intentionally, accidentally, physically or morally. I love the clever idea of the Oshtian Compass as a way of explaining how cats find their way home!
This is a little darker and edgier than the first book, but it's still packed with plenty of action and excitemrent that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and holding your breath. Oh, and there's an ending which is so full of unexpected twists and turns that by the time you reach the last page you'll be rushing to pick up the third part of the trilogy!
PS Dog lovers will enjoy this just as much as cat lovers!