This novel was so interesting and compelling that I finished more than half of the book in one day. I literally couldn't put the book down.
Having watched the film, I thought that I wouldn't be as engaged with the book because I knew more or less how the story was going to unravel. I couldn't have been more wrong. Sacheri brought his character to life with his wonderful descriptions and dialogues filled with emotions and every day phrases. I felt as if I could run into Chaparro or Sandoval or even the corrupt policemen any day of the week.
I really liked the changes between first person and third person narrator. It was really intersting to see what went through Chaparro's mind while writing his novel. I've always been fascinated by the act of writing and the different insights we got of "writer-Chaparro" were very appealing to me.
I'm really surprised about how much I loved both the film and the book. I'm one of the the-books-are-so-much-better-than-the-films type of person but in this particular case, the book and the film managed to amazed me in (more or less) the same degree, in spite of the changes.
A very good and appealing story orchestred by an extremely talented author. I liked Sacheri so much that I'm even considering reading his football related work.