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Book Review: The Dog That Whispered by Jim Kraus

Bestselling author Jim Kraus asked me to do a book review of his novel The Dog That Whispered. After first making SURE that the book did NOT mention / condone / include any references to the TV dog trainer who shall not be named, I agreed. Once you see the cover image, you’ll know why it appealed to me.

Yep, the dog on the cover of the book looks a lot like a young Ginko. (RIP big boy, we miss you so very much!)

photo of ginko taken a few days before he died

Book Review The Dog That Whispered

The Dog That Whispered opens with 85-year-old Gretna Steele adopting a big black dog named Thurman. She basically sneaks Thurman back into her retirement community. As you might expect, she ends up convincing her son, Wilson, to bring Thurman to his house.

For many years, Wilson has struggled with his military experiences, and he is convinced that Thurman can speak. That’s when things get interesting.

The Dog That Whispered is both sad and very funny at times. It uses what I would call magical realism to weave its tale of redemption and forgiveness.

  • If you are a person of faith, you will like those elements.
  • If you are not, but love dogs and trust them as spiritual guides, you will sill love the book, I think.

book review the dog that whispered

Normally, I’d be skeptical of a book where the dog talks, but I found Thurman pretty believable and funny — especially since I pictured Ginko the whole time.

As we head into the cozy season, maybe add the book to your reading list!

FTC disclosure. My thanks to Kraus for the FREE book. I was NOT paid to post this book review. 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Leigh - November 1, 2016

Let’s face it, they are not enough good novels out there that have pets in it. I’d like to read this though.

Nora Hensley - September 20, 2016

That sounds like a really good book! I had to laugh picturing a little old lady sneaking a big dog into her retirement community. 🙂 Thanks Roxanne.

Mary Wilson - September 20, 2016

Thanks Roxanne. Always looking for good books to read that aren’t trashy lol.

    Roxanne Hawn - September 20, 2016

    Ha ha, Mary. I admit it. I do read some books others would call trashy, but sometimes, my brain just needs a break.

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