John Guillen, author
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Publication Date: October 29, 2013
Houston area private eye Andrew Banks is hired by sixteen-year-old Mercedes Vega to figure out what’s dividing her parents. As soon as he meets the rest of the Vega family he realizes that the situation is only one step away from becoming dire. He puts the safety of the family over everything else until the case hits much too close to home. It becomes a race against a wealthy restaurant owner that ultimately becomes deadly.
John Guillen has had a love of books for as long as he can remember. As a grade school student he would browse the tables of the semi-annual book fairs at his school and convince his parents to buy as many books as he could. This passion would reemerge years later as a high school teen. He’d read books by the best crime authors of the day long before completing the required school work.
John knew early on in college that he wanted to become a writer and immediately began work on his debut novel, Divided Within, less than two weeks after graduating from the University of Houston Downtown in May 2013.
When he’s not writing or reading a new novel, he enjoys listening to country music and staying up to date on current news stories.
Rating: Sadly only 1 glass of wine
I didn’t finish this book. I tried really, really hard to finish it though, but I couldn’t power through it. I hate abandoning a book, but sometimes it just can’t be helped. In this case, it really couldn’t be helped. I remember delving into this book with the greatest enthusiasm, and it started out great. It was different and so refreshing, but less than halfway through, I realised it was only because I wanted it to be good that I had convinced myself that it was so good.
This book had tons of potential. Sure the storyline has a bunch of flaws and a lot of things don’t make sense, but ultimately it could work. The dialogue could be vastly improved, it’s tedious and tiring and I really don’t see people having conversations like the characters in this book did. And really, what private investigator would take a case from a sixteen-year-old girl, on the premise that they’re fighting more than ever? Obviously the author didn’t think that part through.
I found the protagonist annoying and very conceited. I really wanted to slap him more than a few times. I don’t get the point of having the girlfriend in the picture, maybe she plays a bigger role than being jealous and insecure of their relationship later on in the book, but since I didn’t finish it, I’m unhappy to report that she comes across as an emotionally fragile bitch.
The blurb really interested and hooked me, but unfortunately the book failed to hook me the way the blurb captured me. There are so many things about this book that really bothered me, but ultimately I think it’s a very good idea that just wasn’t crafted in the right way.