By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Little, Brown Books, 2010
Audience: All Teens
This was another creepy one that I've read lately. I'm looking forward to reading the others in the set, too. It was incredibly well-written. I felt like I was there and I loved the misty, murky atmosphere. The clown part was not my favorite. It felt like an easy scare. In general, the atmosphere reminded me a bit of The Midnight Circus. The Prince of Mist himself was a creepy dude. Yikes! I wonder what the next one will be like and how involved he will be to the story.
A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret. . . .
It’s wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they’ve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house there still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners’ son, who died by drowning.
With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the suspicious circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called The Prince of Mist—a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden, which will change their lives forever.