I Might Be in Trouble

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Pub Date Dec 03 2024 | Archive Date Not set

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A suspenseful dark comedy about a struggling writer who wakes up to find his date from the night before dead—and must then decide how far he’s willing to go to spin the event into his next big book: "Prepare to gasp out loud, cringe, cackle, and cry" (Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers).

A few years ago, David Alvarez had it all: a six-figure book deal, a loving boyfriend, and an exciting writing career. His debut novel was a resounding success, which made the publication of his second book—a total flop—all the more devastating. Now, David is single, lonely, and desperately trying to come up with the next great idea for his third manuscript, one that will redeem him in the eyes of readers, reviewers, the entire publishing world…and maybe even his ex-boyfriend.
 
But good ideas are hard to come by, and the mounting pressure of a near-empty bank account isn’t helping. When David connects with a sexy stranger on a dating app, he figures a wild night out in New York City may be just what he needs to find inspiration. Lucky for him, his date turns out to be handsome, confident, and wealthy, not to mention the perfect distraction from yet another evening staring at a blank screen.
 
After one of the best nights of his life, David wakes up hungover but giddy—only to find prince charming dead next to him in bed. Horrified, completely confused, and suddenly faced with the implausible-but-somehow-plausible idea that he may have actually killed his date, David calls the only person he can trust in a moment of crisis: his literary agent, Stacey.

Together, David and Stacey must untangle the events of the previous night, cover their tracks, and spin the entire misadventure into David’s career-defining novel—if only they can figure out what to do with the body first.
A suspenseful dark comedy about a struggling writer who wakes up to find his date from the night before dead—and must then decide how far he’s willing to go to spin the event into his next big book:...

Advance Praise

"Aleman's premise hooked me and oh my goodness, did he deliver! Prepare to gasp out loud, cringe, cackle, and cry.... But, hilarious hijinks aside, at its heart, this is a book that isn't afraid to dive deep into heart wrenching isolation and the anxiety that comes with trying to figure out how to get your shit together."
–Jesse Q. Sutanto, bestselling author of Vera Wong's Unsolicited Advice for Murderers

"Exciting. Humorous. Heartbreaking. Unputdownable!"
–Helene Tursten, bestselling author of An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good

"Funny, relatable, and utterly bonkers.... Come for the deadly hijinks, stay for the 'if I don’t laugh, I’ll cry' look at what it’s like to work in publishing."

–Mia P. Manansala, author of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning Arsenic and Adobo

“I devoured this wickedly funny, pulse-quickening, enthralling dark comedy. Aleman has a master storyteller’s hand.”
–Jeff Zentner, award-winning author of Colton Gentry’s Third Act

"A genre-busting rollercoaster ride . . . Darkly comic and painfully relatable, the novel also offers thoughtful reflections on the emotional cost of sudden success, and the anxiety of losing sight of who you once were outside of your accomplishments."
–Caitlin Barasch, author of A Novel Obsession

I Might Be Trouble is as a much a page-turning thriller as it is a comedic, big-hearted, exploration of love, loneliness, and the way writing can save us. Daniel Aleman’s meta winks at gay life in New York City are fresh and poignant, but the novel’s outlandishly delicious plot kept me pinned to every page.”
–John Glynn, author of Out East

"Aleman's premise hooked me and oh my goodness, did he deliver! Prepare to gasp out loud, cringe, cackle, and cry.... But, hilarious hijinks aside, at its heart, this is a book that isn't afraid to...


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This is the kind of book that has you googling to find out if the author woke up next to the dead body of a one-night stand. Because when main character David is an author who wakes up next to a dead body and then writes a novel about Daniel who is an author who wakes up next to a dead body...and then you loop back around and remember the author's name is also Daniel...well it begs the question! For the record—I can't confirm or deny if this was inspired by a true story, but it feels vivid and fleshed out as you read about what David is going through.

Whether it's inspired by reality or not, this novel is playful, exciting, and kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters are well developed, the dialogue is interesting, and the look into David's complicated family life and struggle to get by even as a successful author felt very real. While it took me a few chapters to get invested, once things Started To Go Down, I was absolutely sucked in and finished the rest of the book in just two days.

One of my very favorite things about this book is the relationship between author David and his literary agent/best friend Stacey. What an unlikely pair they are—Stacey being aged out of an industry she helped build and David a young up-and-coming whose second novel flopped. Their dialogue never fell into the common traps that some writers of intergenerational friendships find themselves in; the two are able to communicate and relate to one another despite and in spite of their differences.

Sinilarly, the relationship between David and his ex, Jeremy, was really refreshing and lovely. I so enjoyed how Jeremy remained steadfastly supportive of his ex, no matter what, because he cared about him. It's not a dynamic you get to see too often in fiction, and I loved it!

This isn't even getting into the twists and turns of the thriller that is what happened to the dead body that David wakes up next to, and how he turns it into his next book! The story had me in disbelief at times (no one is noticing that they're dragging a dead body through the city??), but don't worry, those moments will be addressed!!.

I really enjoyed this read and look forward to reading more of Aleman's books in the future!

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and Netgalley for access to an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

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After reading the dedication page, I had a pretty good feeling about this book and man was my gut right. Following along with David and his Stacey was like living in a late night Oxygen true crime documentary. Daniel does a great job of capturing all the dread that comes with doing something you know you shouldn’t and subsequently fearing that the consequences are constantly lurking in the shadows. I enjoyed this read and I’m interested in reading more of the authors work.

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Dark comedy about a young writer in New York. This is silly and hilarious and sad and wonderful. I absolutely loved it.

At the heart of this is self-love, self-acceptance, and self-knowledge. Our MC is has been on a rollercoaster of success and failure, professionally and in love. He's unmoored in life and maybe it takes this outrageous series of events for him to sort himself out. I was with our protagonist the entire time, the hope and despair both sensible and unfounded. I found him to be extremely understandable and easy to identify with, and I love an MC who does not always achieve likability.

This should absolutely be made into a movie. Someone get that together, please and thank you.

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I have loved everything that Daniel Aleman has written and this first adult novel is no different. Those first few chapters, whew. No spoilers, I promise. But Alemen has captured the true loneliness one can feel even in a world surrounded by people and a fast-moving society. While living in NYC, David finds himself trying to figure out his love life and career as a writer. Finding someone dead in your bed after your first meeting just might ruin your day, but it just gets worse. And yet, David someone uses his limited resources to figure out the next steps. As the story unfolds, which I read in like two sittings, you just cringe and feel your heart wring out of anxiety. You don’t really like all of the secondary characters but the internal monologue David has opens up a world of complexity as if you only need to hear and feel through him. I highly recommend this book and thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.

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I was a big fan of Aleman's previous titles, so I wanted to read this as soon as I saw it on Netgalley! What a successful transition to a new audience and title. This book was suspenseful, addictive, and just a little bit cheeky. I'm so excited for its publication so I can share it with my patrons!

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