Date Completed: (7/22/2015)
Carlos Ruiz Zafon has yet again pulled another story of mystery, intrigue, and murder out of his ass. I loved this book. It was a young adult novel with a tale of young innocent romance. You guessed it, Marina is the girl that the main character falls in love with.
Spoiler alert: it turns out that the bad guy, who is supposed to be dead, was the O.G. of romance who originally fell in love with the orphan turned opera singer and both of them are actually still alive, even though they should have died in a fire many years ago.
This novel was a little ableist, speaking of various deformities, diseases, and differently abled people. It looked down upon many of them, and turned others into monsters. In the end, ***SPOILER ALERT*** Marina dies from a rare disease herself that also killed her mother, another opera singer.
As per usual, I left the book still trying to figure things out and never really getting all the way there.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon, as you know, is the author of Shadow of the Wind and our personal favorite Angel’s Game. He’s only written six novels, of which I’ve now read three. However, his books have been published in more than 40 languages. He writes mostly about Barcelona, although he also lives in San Fran part of the time. He looks like a total tool, about as much as he sounds the part as well. He likes Umberto Eco, a famous Italian essayist.
I wouldn’t exactly recommend this book, but it took me on a wild ride with lots of murder, as is to be expected.