You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but this novel is a Chapters' staff pick fave. I could have paid way less had I bought it in eversion but then I couldn't have shared it with Mortie. Honestly, the cover made me smile. The dog who narrates has an uncanny resemblance to Mortie, my Jackapoo, The story incorporates racing philosophy with life but (spoiler alert) a key person and the dog die in the end. It feels very Marly and Me. Maybe this is a trick to sell books. So often the cover doesn't match the story but if we stick to favourite dog breeds, maybe the cover can sell the book because the readers, like me, likes pictures of their dogs.