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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Lodi is a dark comedy thriller written by Bill Weberg. Set in 2003, the book follows thirty-eight-year-old pet food supervisor Tim Goodwin, who feels unfulfilled at his job while being trapped navigating a loveless marriage with his wife Melanie, an ambitious real-estate agent. On a visit to the Waffle Stop, Tim becomes infatuated with the young waitress, Valerie. Soon, he begins a tumultuous affair with her, despite his self-proclamations of love towards his wife. To his horror, Tim discovers that Valerie is underage. However, that doesn't deter him from pursuing her, leading to unforeseen circumstances with disastrous results. As Tim delves deep into a life of debauchery filled with lies and deceit, events escalate further, making it difficult for him to balance his personal and professional life.
Bill Weberg's delightfully twisted escapades of Tim Goodwin will be a thoroughly entertaining rollercoaster of a ride for readers who love their main characters as antagonists. Lodi almost makes you feel guilty for laughing at the most inappropriate circumstances as situational humor and dark comedy go hand in hand in this uniquely bizarre tale of love, lust, and lies. For some reason, Tim reminds you of Walter White, the infamous antagonist from the hit TV show Breaking Bad. There are times when you just want him to face the consequences of his actions. I personally found Tim's devolution from an ordinary man to a full-blown psychopath utterly captivating to read. Lodi is relentlessly hilarious and an absolute blast if you love morally grey characters. Highly recommended.