This novel has a lot of surprisingly good elements. Only near the end have I surely realized that this novel has the element of mystery/thriller (though the scenes were set long before) !
One interesting aspect is that though the story was mainly told from the point of view of the protagonist, Rocky, the author has also arranged some chapters to be told from the perspectives of other characters such as Melissa, Tess and even the labrador Lloyd/Cooper ! This has made the story multi-faceted and enriched. Eg.in Chapter 12, p. 121 (18th line), we were told that "Rocky added in a few more minutes" of Lloyd's walk every day for the purpose of his physical therapy; whereas in Chapter 13, p. 125 (last two lines), we learnt that Lloyd urged Rocky "along a bit more, going farther every day" for the benefits of Rocky ! This has just warmed our heart. What a lovely dog !
Needless to say, whose bow has hurt the dog is the constant mystery throughout the entire novel. Sometimes, we might thought that this detail wouldn't matter, it has kept the readers wondering until the end. The drama at the end was certainly a great surprise.
Sentimentally, we felt better as Rocky felt better when she was getting over her husband's death and when Melissa finally got more and more friendly with her, or even when Tess felt better when her ex-husband helped her recover near the end of the novel. Nevertheless, the emotional undulation in this novel is not the most intense kind, probably because the love between humans and pets is not like that of violent emotion between boys and girls, but we cherish it just as much. For example, the moment of sweetness when the tomcat rejoined Mrs. Hancock has just moved us and apparently has unfrozen Rocky's heart.
p.69 (9th line),I think "came" in "where did she came from, what did she do before ..." should be "come". On the last page of the section "Inspiration for Lost & Found" (4th line) included in this publication, the "that" in the sentence of "I could no more deny this dog a point of view that I could refuse ..." should probably be "than"....Continua