Title: The Prince of Mist
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Publication Date: 2011 (1986)
Genre: Literary Fiction
In 1943, Max Carver's
father - a watchmaker and inventor - decides to move his family to a
small town on the coast, to an abandoned house that holds many secrets
and stories of its own. Behind the house Max discovers an overgrown
garden surrounded by a metal fence topped with a six-pointed star. In
the centre is a large statue of a clown set in another six-pointed star.
the family settles in they grow increasingly uneasy: Max’s sister
Alicia has disturbing dreams while his other sister, Irina, hears voices
whispering to her from an old wardrobe. With his new friend Roland, Max
also discovers the wreck of a boat that sank many years ago in a
terrible storm. Everyone on board perished except for one man - an
engineer who built the lighthouse at the end of the beach.
As they learn more about the wreck, the chilling story of a legendary figure called the Prince of Mist begins to emerge... (Goodreads Synopsis)
The Prince of Mist captivated me right from the first chapter. I was reading it in bed and planned to complete the book over two nights, but I got so involved in the story, I ended up staying up late to finish it in one session.
The story is entrancing and even a little chilling at times. I certainly cast a few wary looks around the room as I read. The characters are well-drawn and believable and the story is nicely paced.
All in all, this book is an entertaining and occasionally spooky read that will thrill readers young and old.