Hmmm. I just don’t know.
This book has been a great success. A best seller, a book club choice.
It comes across as a gothic-type novel set in Barcelona in some parallel universe. A sort of detective story about the writer of a mysterious book.
I enjoyed. I wanted to know how the story would pan out.
There wasn’t quite the spark that made this book magical for me.
And I do wish that about 3/4 of the way through the author had not resorted to the device of a long letter from a deceased character (“If you are reading this it’s because something has happened to me”, that kind of thing). That trickery was not necessary, and frankly I had worked out most of what the author found it necessary to say by that means.
But a fairly gripping story. I shall probably come back to the next one – apparently there are 4 in the ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ series.
Now for my mark. As I said, I just don’t know. 8/10. And (because of that letter) 6/10. You decide.