Marie Reviews 'Gabe's Plan' by Andrew Stock

Gabe's PlanGabe's Plan by Andrew Stock


Gabe Mapel is the young District Attorney of Pine Springs, Colorado--winter playground to the rich and famous. Gabe has long suffered from depression, but recently his mental health has gotten worse. He thinks a spirit from the past is telling him to grab fame and political power by prosecuting movie star Chad Tibbs for a crime he didn't commit. With a mark as rich and powerful as Chad, however, Gabe can't go it alone; he needs an accomplice...

Enter Kaila Eckman. Most mornings you can find Kaila steaming lattes at Mountain Java in downtown Pine Springs. But Kaila is not just another cute barista. She's a whip-smart Swarthmore grad with a very bright future. The only reason she's back in Pine Springs is because she has unfinished business with a boy: Gabe Mapel. Kaila has been in love with Gabe since she was a little girl. Unfortunately, to finally win his affection she'll have to seduce Chad Tibbs and falsely accuse him of doing terrible things.


This novel started out going in one direction: I saw Gabe as an every day citizen, the town's district attorney, a fighter for right and good who was being harassed by some jerk celebrity. Wow, what a turn this story takes as it develops and reveals his psyche, mainly by his running mental dialogue. I got the sense that his mother was a little bit out there too. I was totally shocked by later actions of his brother, the local Sheriff. It is like you don't really know anyone in the book until the author reveals their true nature.
Some of the sexual content was dark, and even a little gross. I found some parts of the book were weird, but then, the details fit Gabe's personality once you got to know the real him. He was taking advice from a dead president – or at least he believed he was. His narcissistic tendencies and unfulfilled sense of grandeur lead him to do some pretty unthinkable deeds.
He starts out with the tiniest of good intentions, and feels that sacrificing actor Chad Tibbs in the process is okay. However, as things keep going wrong, he continues to go deeper into dark territory crossing the line from gray to black. Do the ends justify the means? Could he possibly get away with the whole snowballing mess in a small town? You'll be surprised with the twists an turns.

I found myself laughing out loud at points in this book – mostly when Gabe is having conversations with, or about, Abe Lincoln. Overall it was an entertaining read.

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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