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The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón - Bogormen
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The Angel's Game - Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Title: The Angel's Game
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Genre: Suspense
Rating: 3.5/5
# pages: Audiobook ~16hrs
Date read: October, 2009

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at an unsolved mystery.

Like slow poison, the history of the place and an impossible love bring David close to despair. But then re receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike any other - a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

A very dark goth novel. In genre and atmosphere it reminded me somewhat of The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, although they're nothing at all alike in plot.

I'm not entirely sure what I thought of the plot though. People seemed to die left, right and center, and not all of those deaths were properly explained. It almost felt like Zafón occasionally wrote himself into a corner, and didn't know how to get out again, so some threads were left hanging.

Still, it was a thrilling book that kept me guessing.

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