Having previously read Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind I was really looking forward to this, the second installment of his trilogy about 'The Cemetery of Forgotten Books' but unfortunately it was a bit of a disappointment. While I loved the wonderfully Gothic & nightmarish atmosphere created within it's pages, I found the characters a little flat and the plot confusing. By the time I got halfway through, I found I didn't really care about either and only kept reading in the hope that in the end all would be revealed.
That's not to say it's a bad book. It isn't. The prose in places is quite wonderful. It just isn't as good as the first one. However, I will definitely be reading the next installment even if only to find out if it answers some of the questions that this one left unanswered.
Thanks to my good friend Kim who buddy read this with me. It was reassuring to know it wasn't just me :-).