The young protagonist is taken to “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” by his father in 1945 Barcelona. He is allowed to “adopt” one book, and make sure it is never forgotten. He picks, seemingly at random, “The Shadow of the Wind” by an unknown author named Julian Carax.
I picked this book up in the Newton Library Book Sale on the fly, the copy was quite tatty and I was not sure if it was my “thing”, but for 50 cents, it was worth a try! On reading the first few pages I was hooked! The characters were well-thought out, and the plot was intriguing. On several occasions, I was sure I knew the ending only to find another twist I wasn’t prepared for. One wonderful feature of Zafon’s books is he never leaves anything hanging, all loose ends are tied up by the end no matter how small the detail. (submited by library customer JF)