A Faulty Eviction

Fiction - Humor/Comedy
346 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2021
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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite

Set in England in 2019, A Faulty Eviction by Daniel Adam Garwood is a humorously told story filled with drama and action. Kevin Douglas is a mean-spirited, ego-fueled, and domineering man who owns Pendrick Court. He decides to send out eviction notices to his tenants. But none of the tenants, including his son, Sean, are ready to budge. They find a strong bond in the common cause to fight back and keep their homes. The media gets involved as the two-week-long battle ensues. But when two dead bodies turn up at Pendrick Court, no one is certain if any of the tenants will remain alive anytime soon.

This book is a page-turner and the author creates a protagonist (or is it an antagonist?) that grabs readers’ attention right off the bat. I didn’t like Kevin from the first moment I met him in the story, mailing eviction notices. It is wonderfully plotted, poignant, and, at times, heartbreaking. The humor carries the reader through each page of the story, and the action never slows down. The complexity in character development had me wowed, and characters like Edna, Sean, Anah, and other tenants will keep readers entranced. It is hilarious and the author has the knack for writing interesting details into the already eccentric characters. Some books are meant to be bestsellers, and A Faulty Eviction is one of them, thanks to the exceptionally good storytelling skills of the author and characters that leap off the pages with life. Daniel Adam Garwood is a master entertainer who kept my undivided attention for hours, drawing me into the story with beautiful prose, well-drawn settings, and unforgettable characters in whom I invested my time as I experienced the full range of their human emotions.

Grace Masso

A Faulty Eviction by Daniel Adam Garwood is a meld of drama and humor, a compelling narrative with a cast of unforgettable characters and an interesting plot. It is set in England in 2019. Kevin Douglas is a man who loves his own ego, and more so because of the applause that accompanies him wherever he goes. He is the owner of Pendrick Court. He has sent out eviction notices to the tenants occupying Pendrick Court. But the ten tenants, including Kevin’s son, have no intention of moving out. The overbearing Kevin will not take no for an answer. It is not long before the media gets involved, and Pendrick Court becomes a center of conflict that goes beyond a week. Will the tenants give in or even be alive by the time the circus is over?

Daniel Adam Garwood is a master storyteller who has created a situation that many readers will relate to and characters that are exceptional and still fresh in my mind as I write this. Most of these characters are unique and sophisticated, with traits that are eccentric, and they are bonded by one common denominator — Pendrick Court. It is interesting to see how far a ragtag group of occupants will go to save their homes. The intrigue is puzzling, the conflict growing in proportion through every single page as the reader follows them. The protagonist — or is he the monster of the story? — is written in a way so that I disliked him. I loved everything about this story, from the strong drama to the gorgeous prose, from the short and captivating sentences to the suspenseful short chapters. This is a story that is original and unique in many ways, a thriller brimming with action.

Pikasho Deka

A Faulty Eviction is a satirical dramedy written by Daniel Adam Garwood that follows the lives of the inhabitants of Pendrick Court as they come together to fight against the eviction orders of their tyrannical landlord, Kevin Douglas. The tenants of the eight apartments of Pendrick Court are sent eviction notices by their landlord as he aims to turn a profit without considering the fallout of his decision. Unable to find a legal loophole, the tenants use a myriad of wildly creative schemes to get Kevin to back off and try to garner public sympathy for their cause through local news outlets and even Members of Parliament. But Kevin doesn't intend to give up, and his stubborn stance may lead to disastrous consequences for all.

A slice-of-life novel filled with dark humor and satire, A Faulty Eviction is an absolute joy to read. Daniel Adam Garwood's novel feels unique and authentic and keeps you entertained all the way through. The characters feel realistic and relatable, and I found the interactions between them genuinely hilarious. For some reason, Garwood's portrayal of Kevin Douglas reminded me of the landlords in the movie Kung Fu Hustle. Douglas is an angry and stubborn man stuck in his old ways, and I found his character simultaneously funny and tragic. The dialogue is crisp and concise and felt quite often dripped in dry humor. I had an absolute blast reading A Faulty Eviction and would recommend it to readers who seek well-written satirical novels.