Dividers is probably the most unusual novel I have read to date this year. The book has a complex plot told in a circular fashion. So although I will not divulge spoilers, please bear with me as I try to tell you what Dividers is about.
This unusual literary read starts off by telling us about a spirit called Thretch who can inhabit the bodies of select men and take control, giving them extraordinary strength and fighting prowess. Thretch has been doing this for centuries. Jacob Calbraw, a billionaire businessman and heir to the Calbraw fortune is Thretch’s latest host. Part I of this book is about The Calbraws and is set a few years into the future from 2015, Jacob wakes to find himself bloody and injured from a huge bar brawl but more disturbingly he has recollection of burying a little girl. He races to save the girl and in intercepted by Nicodemus, the antithesis of Thretch sent to stop his destruction.
We are then taken back three weeks in time and we learn of Jacob’s acrimonious relationship with his father, Earl, and the origins of his hate and distrust for him. Earl and Jacob seem to have been embroiled in cat and mouse games for several years, their animosity dating back further than the abduction of Jacob’s mother thirteen years ago, her body was never found and Jacob cannot believe she died. We are introduced to the hardworking Carvers, and their subsequent militant stance against fat cats when they face tragedy. The Story of these past three weeks are told in a sequence of intriguing tableaux that become significantly related as you read on. The theme of the greedy rich versus the downtrodden poor is central to the story.
Part II of the book is about the malevolent spirit Thretch, his past and how he develops a relationship with his host Jacob. Mysteries are eventually solved in this second part, but not without a few whiplashes as a result of some sharp twists and turns.
This long and complex novel kept me interested and each tableau was as compelling as the next. The dramatic events in the book and my curiosity to find out more about the characters kept me turning pages, however, I found the pace variable throughout, and a professional edit would make this compelling read even better. The novel has action in spades too.
Dividers is a Marmite book; I think you will either get swept away by the narrative or you won’t, if you are swept away this is actually a very worthy and enjoyable read in which to invest your time.
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