David Sempere and his family, secrets and a bookshop….with Daniel and his deep thoughts of revenge for what had happened to Isabella, his mother.
His friend , Fermin is so disjointed in how he speaks and jumps around from subject to subject, he is a comedian and philosopher. Then there’s the resolute Alicia all connected to each other and the Sempere family.
There is a clear love of books and the absolute joy of reading is important in this one of Zafon’s quartet of novels. So is the act of writing, to document the fascist regime of Franco and it’s barbarity and sheer greed.
This darkness in Barcelona starts to fade with Franco’s death, and Spain begins to recover. This is a spellbinding tale telling of the sheer emotions during a miserable and frightening part of Spain’s history and giving a human touch to the heartbreak and fear of that time. I will be thinking about this novel for some time….I can thoroughly recommend it.
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review