Stray

Rated 4.00/5 based on 4 reviews
A gritty novel with an edge yet surprisingly gentle and sweet, Stray will take you through the dog fighting dens and crack houses of Detroit where Stray souls can find connections in the most unusual of places. More

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Words: 95,210
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458171214
About Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews is from Detroit and the author of 3 novels. On the Lips of Children his latest piece of dark fiction from Books of the Dead Press. MILK-BLOOD is the follow up, and is expected in June of 2014. His first novel, STRAY, is based on his experiences working at a substance abuse treatment center that shares a parking lot with an animal shelter. His second novel, The Jade Rabbit is also based on a true setting in Detroit. Follow him at his blog,”Writing, Running, and Chasing the Dragon.”

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Review by: RJ Morrison on Feb. 07, 2012 :
Stray is a good story with an interesting premise, believable characters and surprising climax. The author has captured both the tragic despair and the very real hope of recovery that comes with addiction with balance and compassion. I found the book slow going for the first half, making it far easier to put down than to pick up again; perhaps from too much narration--as a reader, I prefer to be shown, not told. It improved greatly in the second half, though, and the ending more than made up for the slow start. I look forward to reading his next novel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sheryl Painter on Feb. 28, 2011 :
I found Stray to be a very well written book. The story, while topics at times were very uncomfortable, was a real eye opener. It made me think about my understanding of addictions of all types, as well as mental illnesses. The story also put new understanding on therapt. I hope I will be less judgemental in the future after seeing other viewpoints. Watching Tom from his highs and lows, dealing with those around him, made for a sobering, yet good story.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mindy Little on Dec. 16, 2010 :
Wow. Stray is a real interesting and certainly a recomended read. After a start that takes a bit to get going, there is some real intriquing and engaging material that sneaks up on you. The author has created some wonderful, vivid, cutting edge characters. Couldn't help but imagine who would play some of the roles in the Hollywood version. The book could use some edits here and there, but besides that, it is a wonderful, visceral read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mindy Little on Dec. 16, 2010 : (no rating)
Wow. Stray is a real interesting and certainly a recomended read. After a start that takes a bit to get going, there is some real intriquing and engaging material that sneaks up on you. The author has created some wonderful, vivid, cutting edge characters. Couldn't help but imagine who would play some of the roles in the Hollywood version. The book could use some edits here and there, but besides that, it is a wonderful, visceral read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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