Author of Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game, Ruiz Zafon once again takes the reader down the dark, shadowy streets of Barcelona. The small father-son bookshop, Sempere and Sons, seems to be filled with happiness and celebration. Daniel Sempere is a new husband and father and the shop’s assistant, Fermin is soon to be wed. But during the holiday season, Daniel receives a visit from a stranger who leaves a valuable book with a personal, threatening message for Fermin. Terrified, Fermin is forced to tell Daniel of his horrific past as a prisoner in Montjuic Castle and his association with the mysterious figure. Fermin and Daniel must learn how to quickly reconcile Fermin’s past or his future, as well as the future of Daniel and his family, is in danger.
This is Ruiz Zafon’s third installment in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, which can be read in any order.