The Right Side

The Right Side

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"In this riveting new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of the Chet and Bernie mystery series, a deeply damaged female soldier home from the war in Afghanistan becomes obsessed with finding a missing girl, gains an unlikely ally in a stray dog, and encounters new perils beyond the combat zone. LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it. Shattered by one last blow--the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci--LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Her native land is now unfamiliar, recast in shadow by her one good eye, her damaged psyche, her weakened body. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington State that Marci had called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci's eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog--a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, no one's idea of a pet--seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed and something shifts inside her. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci's daughter, LeAnne and her inscrutable canine companion are drawn into danger as dark and menacing as her last Afghan mission. This time she has a strange but loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side. Enthralling, suspenseful, and psychologically nuanced, The Right Side introduces one of the most unforgettable protagonists in modern fiction: isolated, broken, disillusioned--yet still seeking redemption and purpose--LeAnne takes hold of the reader and never lets go"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017
Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501118401
1501118404
9781501118425
Branch Call Number: M QUINN SPENCER
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Right side

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BWilsoned
Sep 18, 2017

PTSD-ridden LeAnne Hogan leaves the military hospital after losing her right eye and friend/roommate. As she travels around the country, flashing back to her childhood and time in Afghanistan, LeAnne is saved by a dog. The grudging partnership of these two gals is poignant. I think even Claudette would approve.

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AureliaReads
Aug 28, 2017

Dreary PTSD story of an American veteran home from Afghanistan. Eventually, there's a dog but this book has none of the magic of the Chet and Bernie books. A huge disappointment.

JCLCourtneyS Aug 24, 2017

Leanne is a young woman who could be someone you know or love, and whose life has been upended by the brutality of war. I liked the character a lot, and the story was engaging. Although this book is a strong departure from the adventures of Chet the Jet, I was surprised and amused to find some of Chet's common turns of phrase sneaking their way into descriptions of Leanne's struggle.

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BBurnett
Aug 11, 2017

The best book I have read for a long time. I like this author, and though this novel is very different than his other dog stories, it was compelling. A female war vet, with PTSD, LeAnne, has issues, but is a hero before and after her injuries. Goody, a stray dog, helps her find herself, and a little girl. I thought the memory problems were well written, and realistic. I hope to read more about LeAnne.

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