Breathe To Read

Breathe To Read

Saturday, May 22, 2021

2021 Challenge - Book over 450 pages - The Labyrinth of the Secrets

 Book:The Labyrinth of the Secrets

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafron

Pages: 816

This is my 49th read for the year

This book is the final in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series.  This book opens with 9 year old Alicia Gris whose parents are killed in the war and she is gravely injured.  20 years later, she is an invetigator for the Spanish secret police hoping to solve one last case before she retires forever.  With her partner, she discovers a rare book by Victor Mataix.  Finding that book leads them on a path to try and find the missing Valls who imprisoned both famous writers David Martin and Victor Mataix.  But finding out the truth puts her and those closest to her in grave danger.  Characters from the past books - The Semperes and Fermin - return to be intertwined in Alica's story.

I would say after Shadow of the Wind, this is my second favorite in the 4 book series. This book is LONG, so it took me time to get through, but true to Zafon's style - the writing is incredible.  He was a talented writer, and I was sad to hear of his passing knowing that I would not be reading any more from him in the future.  Labyrinth - like all the other books in this series- could be a stand alone book.  He does cross a few characters in each book, and to me, this one brought a few things full circle.  We even see a reappearance of the famous Julian Carax from book one.

A book about a bookshop that is buried deep in the earth to protect the books will always be a winner for me.  The idea of a Cemetery of Forgotten books existing would be incredible.  I encourage you to try Zafon's books.  You will not be disappointed.

Stars: 4

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