Just look at this beauty!!! Now you all know that Frankenstein is my favourite book of all time (more on that in a future post), so when I got this book in the mail I was like a kid on Christmas! It’s described as “Frankenstein meets The Shadow of the Wind in a Gothic thriller set in the diabolical city of fin-de-siecle Barcelona”. SOLD! This is going straight on top of my TBR stack.
So what’s it all about?
Well, notwithstanding that I’m a sucker for cover art and this is simply stunning, it sounds interesting, dark and very gothic. Ticks all the boxes for me to give it a try. Here’s a snippet of what the promo blurb has to say:
“Daniel Amat has left Spain and all that happened there behind him. Having just achieved a brilliant role in Ancient Languages at Oxford University and an even more advantageous engagement, the arrival of a letter – a demand – stamped Barcelona comes like a cold hand from behind.
He arrives back in that old, labyrinthine and near-mythic city a few days before the great 1888 World Fair, amid dread whispers of murders – the injuries reminiscent of an ancient curse, and bearing signs of the genius 16th-century anatomist, Vesalius. Daniel is soon pulled into the depths of the crime, and eventually into the tunnels below Barcelona, where his own dark past and the future of science are joined in a terrible venture – to bring the secret of Vesalius to life.
Gothic and gripping, this historical thriller makes of Barcelona a diabolical character – emerging out of the dark into a new electrical age, aflame with spirit, superstition and science. Published in eighteen countries, Jordi Llobregat’s bestselling first novel mixes a passionate setting and cryptic mystery into a genre-crossing phenomenon.”
There you have it, my next read!! Onto the top of the TBR stack, it goes until next week. Fingers crossed it’s as good it sounds. And if you fancy a buddy read with me? You can pre-order a copy here and ping me a comment below! You know I like to talk about what I read 🙂