THE LABYRINTH OF THE SPIRITS by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Weidenfield and Nicholson, £20, (ebook £10)
THE creation of the wondrous Cemetery of Forgotten Books in the first book of the series, The Shadow Of The Wind, led to worldwide sales of 15 million.
Now comes Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s long-awaited finale. It’s a suspensefilled story of loss, betrayal and redemption, which aims to resolve the many mysteries of the earlier books.
New anti-hero, the mysterious Alicia Gris, is as dangerous and daring a protagonist as you could wish for. As you move further into the maze of a Gothic Barcelona, the stories of characters old and new become more entangled, until it feels you may never find a way out.
PARIS ECHO by Sebastian Faulks, Hutchinson, £20 (ebook £9.99)
THIS unhurried perusal of history, and how it defines and distorts our present, shows Paris through the eyes of American academic researcher, Hannah, and teenager Tariq, who’s run away from his home in Morocco.
He ends up sleeping in Hannah’s spare room while she uncovers testimonies from women who lived in Paris during the Nazi occupation, and as the mismatched flatmates explore their temporary Parisian home, they encounter the aftereffects of collaboration.
A return to form for Faulks. GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss, Granta, £12.99 TEENAGER Sylvie and her parents camp in a reconstructed Northumberland round house as part of her dad’s obsessive wish to gain insight into Iron Age life.
But as the project goes on, dark parallels emerge, between the sacrifice of a girl whose body was found preserved in a nearby peat-bog and the abuse that Sylvie receives at the hands of her father.