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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.

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