BOOK REVIEW: TARGETS OF AFFECTION
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Targets of Affection can be many things including animals and humans. Shelby James works in a small animal clinic in Canada. Her writing gives a lot of insight into the many problems that vet's and their staff face in the treatment of animals. Animals can't tell you what is wrong with them so the people that treat them have to have a little bit of detective in them.
The love of the staff for the animals that they treat comes through very clearly in this book and makes me appreciate my vet and his staff much more. The people that bring their pets in to be treated all have their own little quirks and sometimes are not that easy to deal with but the vet and the staff seem to be well able to work through this.
When Miranda Wall arrives at the clinic with a seriously injured puppy all stops are pulled out to help the dog survive. But Miranda keeps coming back with problems - not only with the dog but also with the cat that she has adopted for her little girl Jessie. Jessie is also not well and spends a lot of time in the hospital.
Shelby befriends Miranda and feels bad about her situation with her ex-husband and the problems she has with her daughter's health. When Shelby happens to read about Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy she discovers that there are cases where physical signs are often faked or deliberately caused to an animal by the owner. The owner then takes the animal to a vet and therefore satisfies his or her own need for attention. The more Shelby read the more she felt that Miranda might be suffering from this disorder. Shelby gathers some experts to help her get to the bottom of the problem and prove if her hunch is real or imagination. Soon Shelby feels that even Miranda's child might be in danger.
Spin, Shelby's dog, has been diagnosed with cancer. Shelby is fighting to save her dog's life and to save Miranda from herself and protect Jessie.
This is a wonderfully different book that I enjoyed very much. The characters were interesting and I gained a lot of information about the animal world.
If there is a second Shelby James mystery I will be in line to buy it.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA REID
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