The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club
Pub Date: Nov 14 2012
Something is not quite right in the leafy Savannah neighborhood of Gordonston.
As the friends and fellow members of her afternoon cocktail club gather to mourn the death and lament the life of their neighbor, Thelma Miller, not all is what it seems.
When old friends vie for the attention of widower, Alderman and mayoral candidate Elliott, jealousies surface and friendships are strained. An old woman with a dark secret and an infamous uncle plots her revenge for a perceived wrong done over thirty years before, a once successful children’s writer with his own secret is haunted by memories of the past and aspiring model Kelly Hudd has just won the trip of a lifetime.
As secrets are revealed and history, both old and recent unravel, and an intertwined web of deceits and lies surfaces in the middle class neighborhood, a killer lurks and is anyone really who they seem to be?
An enigmatic European gentleman in South America, a young Italian count parading the streets of Paris and a charitable and kindhearted nephew recently arrived from India add to the remarkable assortment of characters in this story of intrigue, deceit and revenge.
What is the secret a recently retired accountant is trying to hide and just why did the former showgirl and attractive sixty two year old widow Carla Zipp really have plastic surgery?
A mysterious organization with links to organized crime, a handsome fire fighter who can do no wrong and a trio of widows with deep hidden agendas compound a story of simplistic complexity. As twists and turns lead the reader to a conclusion that they will not see coming and a sucker punch ending that will leave you breathless, the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club’s top priority remains the need to chastise the culprit who refuses to ‘scoop’ after his dog walking sessions in their treasured park.
I cannot fully express how much I liked this book.This book started of with a very interesting scene that pulls you right in. It just hooks you and doesn’t let you go. You are sucked into this small society and all the problems that dwell behind closed doors. I liked the start of this book, I loved the middle and adored the ending. There is just so much going on in this book, but all without becoming confusing, it just keeps you reading until it’s done.
The story was a very intricately woven carpet of intrigue and very interesting characters. The start of the book just got you really excited for what was about to happen and than it just leaves you hanging. But this just means that you have a question in the back of your mind all the time, right from the start. And then we find out more and more about ever character and somehow that question is pushed back because so many more questions are flooding your mind. But Duncan Whitehead doesn’t leave us hanging, because he starts giving us the answers, piece by piece. And by the time you have reached the ending it’s time for an epic revelation. I was just mind blown with the ending, and I mean that in the most positive way.
The point of view that keeps switching definitely keeps the story very interesting. The switch is always very smooth and it’s great to get insight into everyone’s situation and how things fit together in the end. It gives so much depth to the situation because you understand how everyone involved is feeling. That’s such a powerful tool in storytelling, especially if used correctly.
The writing itself was very smooth. The dialogue was very smart and the descriptions were very clever. The book read really easy, probably due to the fact that the story was so interesting and that the writing just made it so enjoyable to read. There’s nothing as annoying as liking the story but not being able to stop struggling with the writing. For me this book was definitely a home run, especially because the story was so complex and yet never really hard to follow.
I would also like to mention that I had the opportunity to interview the author of this book, Duncan Whitehead! I will be posting the interview this Thursday, so look out for that!
The synopsis was taken from Goodreads