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Has a nice twist at the end, but it kind of makes light of therapy and meds, and 'mental health' issues to use the....
on 19 January 2012
...term very, very broadly.
I recently read a tale about a cat who helped his owner find true love, and though that I would be getting the same here. I didn't, but it wasn't all bad, as there was a touch of danger, some light romance, lots of dogs and an OK, if rather stupidly-named, female lead, Ninna. Ninna made me think of 'ninny', which she was for quite a bit of the tale, but I don't think that's her fault. No, that's down to the issues the author landed her with.
I won't say too much about the tale, other than that for around 95% of it, I was convinced that Ninna was having a touch of the Dr Doolittles. And I found the ending touching. But, I did find it totally non-funny when Ninna started wondering about seeing her therapist again, and if she might have some leftover pills lying around, when she thought that she was hearing and seeing things. IMHO, that bit needs reviewing, as 'mental health' issues are no laughing matter. Especially as you get to 99% of the tale and find that Ninna had gone through years of therapy and meds for something similar to what she has been going through. Not funny and not clever. And, BTW, whilst I'm no authority on mental health, I am married to a senior mental health nurse, and I know what he has to deal with day in, day out; I found this book a little disrespectful.
Overall, well-written and clearly proof-read and edited, but not for me.