Title: The Things We Do
Author: Kay Pfaltz
Genre: Fiction / Mystery
First published: 2017
Edition: Paperback, self-published by author
The author was kind enough to send me a copy of her book, but this in no way influences my opinion of the book itself.
As it was, I really enjoyed reading this novel. The book is written from two main POVs and some minor ones. I could relate to both female leads and I could understand what made them tick, which is something that is very important to me when I am reading a book.
Part of the book is set in a women’s prison and part of the book is about a woman going undercover at a laboratory where dogs and other animals are used for animal testing. We find out later how the two parts are related.
The books does have some awful accounts of what happens to animals, particularly dogs, in research laboratories, but though honestly written, they are not overly gruesome for the sake of it. Throughout the book the writer’s passion for animals and what happens to them is clear and it really made me warm to the writing.
On a side-note, I do only buy cruelty-free cosmetics and beauty products, as that is an easy thing to change, but when it comes to medicine, it remains a difficult dilemma. The author does address this conflict between healthcare and animal testing when someone gets very ill.
I have a couple of niggles, but nothing major. This book is being marketed as a psychological thriller, but I would not describe this as a thriller at all. It is not tense enough to be a thriller. Having said that, though it did not have the intensity and tension I was expecting, I really loved the writing, the characters and the story that unfolded. It is a more of a murder mystery novel that focuses on people and the way we relate to each other and to our animals.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who loves animals.
5 out of 7 stars