‘Oh, Henry’ by Morgen Bailey


Set in Northamptonshire, England… Henry, a talking Jack Russell, is part of a small team researching a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. He is the target of several dognappers but can he use his wit or guile to outwit them and, with the help of forty-year-old laboratory assistant Gwynne Davies, find the proof needed to convict the criminals. Thus begins a series of adventures for the unlikely pair. There have been amateur sleuths, there have been talking animals – Henry is both.


My Review

I read the synopsis for ‘Oh, Henry’ and I just knew that this was the book for me.  I have two gorgeous but loopy Labradors and I often imagine what they would say if they were able to talk.  My elder Labrador has such an expressive face and you can tell what she is thinking.  Anyway, I hope you can appreciate why this book screamed or should that be woofed ‘Read me’ at me.  I hope that makes sense?  Anyway I couldn’t wait to dive in and start reading.  I opened the book not really knowing what to expect but as soon as I started reading, I was chuckling away to myself at something that I had read.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Oh, Henry’ but more about that in a bit.

What can I say about the gorgeous Henry Houdini?  He is one hell of a smart cookie and just plain adorable.  He is also rather cheeky to say the least.  Some of the things he came out with just made me chuckle away.  He certainly doesn’t pull any punches and he is brutally honest.  I love the relationship that develops between him and Gwynne, who is a 40 year old laboratory assistant and she is the main carer to Henry.  Henry being able to speak is a side effect of a treatment that the scientists are developing for Multiple Sclerosis.  When Henry grains his ability to talk, some of his demands are ridiculous.  I mean, requesting steak for tea and a copy of the Times newspaper that Gwynne will read to him.  Henry is honest (sometimes too honest), strong, compassionate, self confident, tenacious, determined, extremely intelligent, he has one hell of an analytical brain and in his own way, he is very caring.  I warmed to the adorable Henry from the first moment I met him and by the end of the book I had developed something of a soft spot for him.  I wanted to smother him with hugs and kisses on the top of his head.

Oh my, ‘Oh, Henry’ is just an adorable read that was as addictive as it was charming.  I was addicted to reading this delightful book from the moment I read the synopsis, never mind from when I started to read the book.  I was so taken by Henry that I couldn’t resist binge reading this over the course of a day.  I had to keep reading to find out what happened to Henry and Gwynne.  The pages turned increasingly quickly as my desperation to find out what happened steadily increased.  It seemed to take me next to no time to reach the end of the story, which I was so disappointed about.  I wasn’t disappointed with how the story ended but I was enjoying the author’s writing style, the characters and the storylines so much that I just didn’t want the book to end.

The author has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  Morgen has a writing style that grabs your attention from the start and much like a fisherman landing a catch, she reels you in.  Each of the chapters ended in such a way that I felt compelled (in the nicest possible way) to read on.  Morgen has tapped into the ways of dogs and what they would say if they could.  Throughout this book I found myself either nodding in agreement with something that Henry said or did, as I compared him to my two Labradors and what they would say or I laughed at some of Henry’s antic.  Most of the time though, I was both laughing and nodding.  Morgen has written a cracking book that will appeal to everybody irrespective of whether or not they own a dog and it will appeal to all ages.

In short, I simply adored this charming tale.  I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I hope that this is the start of a new series.  If it is the start of a new series, then I will be first in the queue for book two.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.


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