This review contains quotes from the book.
*Special thanks to Atria for allowing us to read Spencer Quinn’s The Right Side.
Spencer Quinn has written a moving novel about a girl finding a dog that becomes more than a companion. The dog becomes a lifeline.
LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan after joining the military and became the one to watch in her unit because of how talented she was. But then an operation almost kills her, and it changes her mentally and physically. She lost one of her eyes and half of her face has a few scars on it. On top of all that, she cannot remember what exactly happened/went wrong when she was in the desert operation.
“LeAnne tried to remember the last time she’d seen him. In the chow line just before that last mission, a mission he hadn’t been on because of some quirk of scheduling she no longer remembered. But not the point. The point was that at that hour, that night, she’d still looked like her old self. Therefore… therefore he’d seen her since? She had no memory of that.”
— excerpt from Spencer Quinn’s The Right Side
When she was in the hospital, she met a girl named Marci. They became each other confidants while there. Later on, you find out that Marci died from internal complications. After being released from the hospital, LeAnne decides to go to Washington State to see where Marci was from. When LeAnne arrives, she finds out that Marci’s eight-year-old daughter disappeared. LeAnne decides to go on a hunt to find her, and while she does that she comes upon a stray dog. LeAnne becomes very attached to this stray dog and they go on a mission to find Marci’s daughter. LeAnne and the dog go on a dangerous path to uncover the truth about what happened.
My favorite part of the novel was the bond between LeAnne and the dog. I love a good dog and owner story, and man this one gave me all the feels. I could feel the love they had for each other. The dog really helped LeAnne come to terms with losing Marci and her eye. The dog also helped give her the strength she needed to go on a hunt for Marci’s daughter. I recommend this to people who need a book that will make you happy and sad all in one. This book had me on an emotional rollercoaster that I never wanted to get off of.