This book is one I have already reviewed on this blog, so I’m going to keep this short and just link back to my review for more gushing.
The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club
by Duncan Whitehead
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.
This book is just so amazing. At first you have all these separate seeming storylines until you start seeing how certain things fit together just a little. And then they fit better and better and then Duncan Whitehead blows your mind! The cool thing is that even though the first scene is part of the beginning, you still don’t know enough about anything to guess what exactly happened there. And as you keep reading (or I did anyway) you forget that first scene, until a good while later in the book and it just creeps back into your mind and you just go full on detective mode.
In a way this book reminds me a bit of A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Mainly I guess because it focusses on the life people lead behind closed doors. I think this is a really interesting concept. And I guess they also end a bit in the same way. I mean this to say: everything just comes together in the last couple of chapters.
Be sure to check out this book because a sequel is expected!