Max Carver's father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a small town on the Atlantic coast, to a house built for a prestigious surgeon, Dr Richard Fleischmann and his wife, that was abandoned when the couple's son drowned in a tragic accident. Behind the house, Max spies an overgrown garden full of statues surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star.
As the family settles in, they grow increasingly uneasy: they discover a box of old films belonging to the Fleischmanns; his sister has unsettling dreams and his other sister hears voices whispering to her from an old wardrobe. But Max spends most of his time with his new friend, Roland, who takes him diving to the wreck of a boat that sank close to the coast in a terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach.
As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called Prince of the Mists begins to emerge.
©2010 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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"Perfect for a journey"
Put this on during a school trip with a 5 hour journey - my S2 pupils were enthralled by the story (to my surprise), as was I.
Looking forward to more of his books for children being translated into English.
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