Being mostly neutral about animals, I don't know how I actually made it through this book. There was just too much in it about the dogs. I actually liked the book in the first 100 or so pages, because it was dark and sad and compelling, like a nightmare, and I like it when authors are not afraid to write about the darker things in life. But then Lissar goes off into the woods and the book spends the majority of its pages describing the dogs and their actions and how Lissar takes care of them and how they take care of her. I suppose if I were an animal person, I'd find this endearing. But I'm not and I don't, I was just utterly bored. This book had a very compelling story but I just couldn't get past the lengthy descriptions of the dogs long enough to focus on it.