David Martìn, a young writer living in 1920’s Barcelona, has a troubled past in The Angel's Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafòn. His mother deserted the family and his father came back from the war in the Philippines a changed man. After his father is murdered, Martìn must find his way in the world. Starting out working for a newspaper, he eventually begins writing sensational novels for a Barcelona publishing house. His novels attract the attention of a mysterious French publisher who offers Martìn the opportunity of a lifetime. If he writes the book the publisher requests, he will be a wealthy man. Who is this publisher and what ultimately are his plans for Martìn?
The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafòn
One of the best ways to find a book is by the recommendation of a friend. This book was a selection for my book group. I have not read Zafòn’s other books, but this book stands well on its own. From the moment I started reading it, I was drawn into Martìn’s world. It is a dark, gothic tale that reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe’s works. The mood of the book is dark and mysterious. I found myself, even when not reading it, wondering what was going to happen next. It has murder. It has romance. It has it all! This is a tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat.