Hot dogs under The Dakota

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Will a spirited boy trapped in an abusive environment resort to murder? Hot dogs under The Dakota


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Review – Book Shelf:
This book does exactly what it says on the cover; it does keep the reader enthralled. I knew it was going to be an emotional read as all the ingredients were there, Apartheid, abusive family etc. It is rather like seeing a car accident you don’t want to look but your morbid curiosity gets the better of you and yes the emotional roller-coaster is well worth it as reading this book is more of an experience than just a good read.

Hot dogs under The Dakota – Literary Novel – Jonannes Gouws

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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and thought provoking read, 5 Feb 2012

By Gloria McLean-Anderson – See all my reviews
This review is from: Hot dogs under The Dakota (Paperback)
The title of this first book by South African author, JJ Gouws, `Hotdogs under the Dakota,’ gives little hint of the story within. Told through the eyes of Petie, a young boy who has had to grow up quickly and fend for himself in the confusing world of adults caught up with their own problems, Petie learns to come to terms with his relationships with his unstable mother, who is trying to find happiness with a man, any man, his grandfather, strict and forbidding and his gentle grandmother, who loves him unconditionally but who doesn’t fully grasp the family’s deep dark secret.
Told with deep compassion and gentle humour, this book makes you think, and think again as the truth unfolds and the reader is forced to reassess the characters. I absolutely loved this book and felt compelled to write this review.
G. McLean-Anderson BA. English Lit.


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Hot dogs under The Dakota Review

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Review:  Hot dogs under The Dakota.

This superbly written novel held me spellbound as the suspense built in an intensely escalating emotional battle of wills between the main character, thirteen year old Petie, his fragile mother and his overbearing granddad. The characters are richly portrayed and intricately woven together to tell a story that had an end so explosive it left me breathless. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an intriguing and fascinating read and look forward to more from this author in the future.

Trisha – USA