I was gifted this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. It's always a little intimidating when writing these sorts of reviews, but I'm delighted to report that Andrew Stock's debut novel, Gabe's Plan, is easy to recommend as it was throughly entertaining.
Stocks writing style reminded me of Carl Hiassen and Christopher Moore. It's offbeat and quirky. Stock's novel is filled with dark humor, bizarre characters and fantasy elements.
The story centers around a small town lawyer, Gabe, who hatches a plan with his neighbor to frame a celebrity who has recently bought a home in their neighborhood. Although a very different story, it has the same tone and themes as the Gus Van Sant movie, "To Die For". The characters in Stock's novel are easily willing to trade their morals to grab a bit of the fame that they suddenly find within their reach.
This was a fun, light, quick read, perfect for an afternoon. I found the humor in the book to often be hilarious, although it is very crude and I can imagine some people might not find it funny. It definitely would be offensive to some.
Stock has a unique literary voice and solid storytelling skills. He's now on my radar and I look forward to reading future novels that he is sure to write.