I will never pass up an opportunity to read or buy a book by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which is exactly how I came by The Watcher in the Shadows. Not going to lie, I have read this before but in Polish, and as this editions clearly did not have the same translation of the title, I assumed it was a different book. From what I assume, the title varies between “The Watcher in the Shadows” and “September Lights”, none the less, it’s the same beautiful book.
This book was fantastic from start to finish. There was not a single page worth skim reading, which everyone does ever so often. It starts out with a sad story which introduces three out of five of the main characters, Simone, Irene, and Dorian, which leads them to meeting Ismael, a love interest of Irene, and Lazarus Jann, the toymaker. The whole group embark on a common journey in very different ways facing struggles and joyous moments of their own.
It’s very hard to put this book down. Each of the 13 chapters is captivating, leaving you wanting more with each page turn. The tension grows to such a climactic chapter that hangs on with the reader for a while after the book is done. However, the ending is slightly abrupt, and may not exactly be rewarding to some readers. Finding quotes to note down for this text was slightly challenging, as the way the whole text is written is quite metaphorical with vivid descriptions of characters, action, and setting. This book is labeled to be a young-adult fiction, but it is quite a generic text that would be pleasing to adult also. Younger kids may find this book slightly scary however.
Overall, a very recreational and quick read. It’s one of those books which can be read over the course of a weekend in the autumn time as it starts getting gloomier, hence matching the atmosphere of the text.
I gave this good 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Picked out quotes:
The image of reality we perceive with our eyes is only an illusion, an optical effect. (25)
…chocolate had all of the chemical benefits of love and none of its noxious side effects. (165)