We’re going to the dogs!
Today’s review is The Dogs of Littlefiled by Suzanne Berne.
Littlefield, Massachusetts, named one of the Ten Best Places to Live in America, full of psychologists and college professors, is proud of its fine schools, its girls’ soccer teams, its leafy streets, and charming village center.
Yet no sooner has sociologist Dr. Clarice Watkins arrived to study the elements of “good quality of life” than someone begins poisoning the town’s dogs. Are the poisonings in protest to an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Park—the subject of much town debate—or the sign of a far deeper disorder? Certainly these types of things don’t happen in Littlefield.
With an element of suspense, satirical social commentary, and in-depth character portraits, Suzanne Berne’s nuanced novel reveals the discontent concealed behind the manicured lawns and picket fences of darkest suburbia. The Dogs of Littlefield is “a compelling, poignant yet unsentimental novel that examines life, love, and loss” (Sunday Mirror, UK)
This book starts off with a murder…of a dog. The little town of Littlefield is listed as one of the 6th best places to live in America. It’s a place populated by middle class professionals. But the town is divided on whether to have a leash free zone, which leads to mysterious dog poisonings.
There were many characters in the book. Dr. Clarice Watkins had come to town to do a sociological study on the residents, but the forefront of the story was a dysfunctional family. Margaret, who seems to be sad all the time, her depressed husband Bill, and their morose teen daughter. Margaret was the heart of the story who was having an affair and struggling with her marriage. She was the one who finds the dead dog and that’s where things spiral our of control from.
Suzanne does a wonderful job with her description and the vivid setting of the book. It’s well written and the characters are well developed. However, there were times I was at a lost on all the characters when some of them reappeared. It was brilliantly written but the plot didn’t blow me away. I liked the book well enough but I expected a huge mystery and this book wasn’t that. It was an easy read and somewhat engaging. It wasn’t much of a thriller but more an insight to relationships and psychological problems. There’s plenty of humor to make the story not as dark as it could be.
Should you read it? Yes! I’m more of a thriller person but Suzanne is a fantastic writer! Those of you looking for not so much a mystery book but one that dives into social and psychological problems, this book is for you.
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Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending a copy. In no way does this affected my opinion.