"We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine."
When 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in Barcelona, no one knows his whereabouts for seven days and seven nights.
His story begins when he meets the strange Marina while he's exploring an old quarter of the city. She leads Oscar to a cemetery, where they watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly 10 o'clock in the morning, a woman shrouded in a black velvet cloak descends from her carriage to place a single rose on an unmarked grave.
When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona - a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons - and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's haunting Marina has long been a cult classic in Spain and is now an international best seller.
©2014 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2014 Hachette Audio
This impressed me as a mash-up of Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera, set in Barcelona. Dark, gothic setting, lots of stormy nights and spectral sightings. A little over-the-top for my taste, although I loved the narration.
loved it, couldnt get my hands of it. if you dont want a possible spoiler, stop reading now. carlos ruiz zafon amazes me everytime with his writing style. poor hermain, and oscar. the beach...... oh man, my heart goes out with this book, i feel like crap and depressed. but amazing book all in all.
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