Drip: A Gothic Bromance Book Review3 min read

“A hand wearing a fancy watch parted the office blinds, and J.D felt nauseous with despair: suddenly he knew – even though he could not explain how – that all of his mojo had been permanently taken away.”

Author: Andrew Montlack               Published: 2017                     Pages: 311

Drip is a novel (labelled as a ‘gothic bromance’) which concerns two men in particular: J.D and George. The two have been friends for a long time and, having made a pact to be blood brothers when they were kids, their lives have been intertwined ever since. J.D, with an engineering degree, manages to swindle them both jobs working for the distinguished coffee company BrewMart (despite the fact George has an English degree.) When they arrive they are told that if anyone can come up with a business plan to make the company more money then they will be instantly made Vice President of BrewMart. Fuelled by a desire to be successful J.D quickly comes up with a plan. But when George steals the idea and is the one who is promoted, J.D realises that years of pushing him around and taking him for granted might finally be coming back to haunt him.

If anything I was just left a little confused by this novel. It started off well with some good character development; I liked how Montlack gave a little backstory to J.D and George’s relationship. When they began at BrewMart it was obvious that J.D was the alpha in their relationship, so it was nice when George eventually took back some control for himself. Montlack was consistent with his tone throughout and both J.D and George were carved out with separate but striking personalities. Montlack also crafted the narrative with detail, so clearly has an ability to write. However, that was not enough to make this book good.

What I would have liked to see more of is how George went from being the quiet, unassuming English graduate, to a powerful and feared company VP. But alas, that’s when the book took a turn in a direction and cannot even fathom. Sure, I’m all for supernatural but one minute I was reading about two men trying to make their jobs count and the next, suddenly there were vampires. There was no build-up or foretelling at all, (except the book’s vague gothic label) so there was no subtly about it and no way to predict it. I felt like nothing really exciting was happening with the plot so the author just decided to chuck in the vampire element to make it more interesting – something which definitely did not work for me.

I think I understand that Montlack achieved exactly was he was aiming for in that he did not want a predictable book. He wanted something different with a dark satire, so while he could have used these characters to say something profound, I honestly think he wanted to do the opposite of that. So I suppose in that sense, the book is a success.

It might just be that this book isn’t to my style or taste, but overall I thought it had some potential which was not even close to being fulfilled. If there’s one thing the book should have capitalised on, it should have been the humour, but I found the comedy absent when it was needed and unnecessary when it was used. All in all the book suffered from just being too dull.

Thank you to the author Andrew Montlack for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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