Book Review | No Hope for Gomez by Graham Parke
It’s the age-old tale:
Boy meets girl.
Boy stalks girl.
Girl already has a stalker.
Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.
We’ve seen it all before, many times, but this time it’s different. If only slightly.
When Gomez Porter becomes a test subject in an experimental drug trial, he is asked to keep track of any strange experiences through a blog. What Gomez isn’t ready for, is so many of his experiences suddenly seeming strange; the antiques dealer trying to buy his old tax papers, his neighbor boiling salamanders on his balcony at midnight, the super sexy lab assistant who falls for him but is unable to express herself in terms outside the realm of science.
But when one of the trial participants turns up dead and another goes missing, Gomez begins to fear for his life. No longer sure who he can trust and which of his experiences are real and which merely drug induced illusions, he decides it’s time to go underground and work out a devious plan.
Now, years later, his blogs have been recovered from a defunct server. For the first time we can find out firsthand what happened to Gomez as he takes us on a wild ride of discovery.
No Hope for Gomez was weird. And interesting. And witty.
This is definitely a unique book; I’ve never come across anything quite like it. I thoroughly enjoyed the way it was laid out, with all the text being blog entries. Gomez is a likable enough guy, doesn’t bother anyone, and just tries to eke out a living at his parents antique store. Oh, and he’s participating in an experimental drug trial. Gomez just happens to fall in love with the research assistant who is conducting the drug trial.
This novel was just fun. It was short and sweet, it was intriguing and quirky. Throughout, I found myself questioning whether or not all of these strange goings-on were actually taking place. I won’t ruin the book for you, so I’ll leave it at that.
I thoroughly appreciated Gomez’s dry wit. For example, when Warren, his neighbor (an aspiring writer), told Gomez, You’re like my only fan at the moment, Gomez replied, I’m sure that description is inaccurate on my levels, I was giggling like a madman. Then there’s the time when Warren wouldn’t leave, so Gomez pretended to fall asleep. Regardless, Warren kept throwing the dice for both of them and Gomez realizes that from his shrieks of pleasure I gathered I still managed to lose most of the games.
When Gomez learns that the woman with whom he is infatuated has a stalker, he muses, Two thoughts occurred to me in quick succession; (1.) What kind of sick bastard would bother such a sweet, innocent scientist? (2.) Stalking Dr. Hargrove, now why hadn’t I thought of that? See? If that’s your kind of humor, then this book is for you. This is totally my humor, which could explain why I read it in under a day. Do yourself a favor. Take a break and spend an afternoon with Gomez. You deserve it.
About the Author:
Graham Parke is responsible for a number of technical publications and has recently patented a self-folding map. He has been described as both a humanitarian and a pathological liar. Convincing evidence to support either allegation has yet to be produced.
No Hope for Gomez! is Graham’s fiction debut. You can visit his website at www.grahamparke.com.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*