Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss
Alec Charlesworth is having difficulty coping after his wife’s sudden death. He leaves his job at the library where they both worked and flees with his little dog Watson to the English countryside. Before he leaves he is given a box of papers by a former library patron and told that his wife was interested in this story and he might be as well. While away he welcomes the opportunity for escapism. Escape he does but not into a world he ever knew, or wanted to know, existed.
Inside the box are drafts Wiggy has written of a screenplay as well as audio recordings and musings. Wiggy went to his sister’s house to care for Roger, the cat, only to discover that his sister and her dog disappeared. It is so unexpected and sudden Wiggy searches for clues regarding alien abduction. This Alec laughs off. He cannot laugh off starting to believe that Wiggy was speaking to Roger, and that Roger was speaking back. Yes, the cat seems to be speaking and what he is saying is horrifying. Cats truly are evil and those cats that pass the trials are the direct servants of Beelzebub and the cats are on the prowl.
We all know that cats are evil, sneaky little critters and in this book Truss explains the things cats do (like purr and kneed) that were originally traits that were bestowed upon them to do evil by Beelzebub. It’s a humorous book that will make you look twice at that happy cat lazing next to you.