Stray

Vicky Allan

What would you do if you had to choose between your man and your cat?

’If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?’ Milla asks her bestfriend Gabriel.

Milla would be a cat and Gabriel a bird. That’s no surprise, as Milla is a cat therapist. Gabriel is also in love with her. Unaware of this, Milla begins an affair with Josh, a dentist. All goes well until Milla adopts a stray cat, a spooky albino who starts to drive a wedge between her and Josh. When Milla finds she must choose between her man and her cat, the choice she makes has horrifying consequences. For the stray is no ordinary domestic pet, and Milla, it turns out, is no ordinary woman.

Inexorably the disturbed workings of Milla’s mind draws her into a strange world. Girl-meets-boy domesticity is replaced by the cold drip of animal fear. The unbelievable becomes reality. And the shocking, horrifying conclusion is the only escape.

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