Reading Sunstruck by Mayra Calvani left me with a deep feeling of melancholy. I feel genuine compassion for the main character Daniella.

Her story made me think of how we have little control of where we come from. Daniella, an architecture student, finds herself in the company of some very eccentric and bizarre people.

The story takes place in steamy San Juan, Puerto Rico. They all co-exist in a warped and darkly world. The author does a great job exposing the deranged and macabre ways of the other characters in the story.

Well written fiction is supposed to evoke emotions in the reader, good or bad. In my case, reading the story reminded me of how we sometimes have very little control of our destiny. What we often become is a direct result of who have influenced us. Daniella’s boyfriend Tony is a smug and selfish man who is obsessed with fame and LSD. Reading about him made me wonder about the dark side of the human character.

The other characters: Zorro, Ismael, and Irene Carlier all gave me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. If you have a penchant for dark eerie characters, this book is for you. The author’s distinctive writing style held me captive, until I finished the book.

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