FindBella: FindBella – the search to bring Bella home

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FindBella: FindBella - the search to bring Bella home

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...while it is a sensitive memoir of an upsetting event, the typos and contradictions do mean I would be hesitant about recommending it. For anyone involved with the Save Bella facebook page and campaign, this would be a nice memoir and reminder....

Bella, a small Newquay pet, escaped her family home when her owner left the gate open. What followed was eight weeks of searching and investigation across fields and Facebook, before Bella was found. This is the story of the hunt for Bella.

This is a difficult review to write because, while this is a memoir of a missing pet and a traumatic time in anyone’s life, my job is to evaluate it as a book. There are a few issues. It is written in a colloquial style, and the english isn’t particularly good: numbers are written as 100s instead of hundreds, commas are absent and there are some misused words “atypical” instead of “typical”. One of the worst examples is the sentence ending”…now have visited and poster delivered to many.” It’s not all bad. One nice touch are the multiple colour pictures, mainly of Bella, the author and her family, but also of other pets.

There are a few contradictions: the author talks about how great animal communication and animal psychics are, but it is later revealed that at the time they were predicting the dog was around Newport it was actually 230 miles away, that the specifics they gave conflicted with each other and were incorrect, and that the one example of animal communication – a personality profile – could apply to anyone. I took the extract and showed it to several dog owners telling them that as an experiment it was a profile of their dog. All owners said it was a 100% match. (It also matches my cats and the neighbour’s ancient hamster).

The actual story of Bella being missing and her frantic family will be familiar to anyone who has lost a pet – phoning shelters, putting up posters, flyering, and facebook. Still I’ll be quite blunt – there are parts of this book where it rubbed me the wrong way (comparing her missing pet to two people she knew losing children?) and I took the author for far younger than her years at certain points.

For anyone involved with the Save Bella facebook page and campaign, this would be a nice memoir and reminder. However, while it is a sensitive memoir of an upsetting event, the typos and contradictions do mean I would be hesitant about recommending it to other readers.

2, and as a pet owner myself, I do sincerely wish it was higher.

Rating: 2
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rz3300 (8 October 2016)
Seems like it might be one to avoid to me. I can say that this is rarely the case though, which is a good thing. I am not a big memoir fan to begin with though, so I guess it works itself out.

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