Friday, August 26, 2016

Pierced by the Sun: a murder mystery

Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel is a mystery which centers on a woman who must solve the mystery while battling her own demons. Lupita is a police officer who was in charge of the protection of Licenciado Arturo Larreaga, a local politician. The night ends with his murder and Lupita lost about how it could have happened. Lupita returns home in a daze and unsure of how to proceed. She spends the next few days reliving her past, fighting her demons. Since she witnessed the murder of Larreaga, she becomes a target of the corrupt Mexican government. They want to make sure she stays silent about what she knows. Can Lupita escape the danger? Will she be able to put the past behind her?

Pierced by the Sun was a very hard book to read. It was a lot introspection and not a lot of interaction between characters. The book promised action, mystery, an interesting story. Unfortunately, it failed. I really didn’t care about Lupita, her issues or her struggles of her fight to escape. I’ve read many books with characters like her: deeply failed and struggles with demons but they still seemed to care about the world around them on some level. And I didn’t feel that with Lupita. If you are a fun of Esquivel’s books, you may like Pierced by the Sun. However, I cannot recommend it.