The beginning of this book opens you up into a world that you know for certain as a child, even as an adult, you would want to jump straight through the pages and into the fantastical home of Lazarus Jann and the Sauvellle family.

The detail and creativity that flow through this book are both beautiful and scary. Mystery is the aim of the game in this book and Zafon keeps you hooked to every page in what can only be described as a masterpiece of work.

The atmosphere of this book is palpable and always leaves you wondering is going to happen next, what is lurking in the shadows?

Although aimed at ‘young readers’ as Zafon says himself how young is young when it comes to reading? Zafon has stated that although he wrote the book for what he would have wanted to read as a 12 or 13 year old he also hoped adult readers would let it capture their imagination and let it transport them back to the kind of novels that got them into reading – the fantasy, the mystery, the love story. I wholeheartedly agree, as a 21 year old I had no problem delving nose first into this book.

Rachael Millmoor 


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