Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It's unclear why this took so long to make it into translation but it's finally here!
There are borrowed horror elements (one character's last name is Shelley; readers can draw their own conclusions) but the mixture is done so well that it feels fresh. As for creep factor, it's there in spades. This is not a "read late at night" book for those who hear their house creaking and imagine a ghost at work! However, some rainy afternoon? Perfect.
Two quibbles that actually made this a 4.5, not a full 5: the lack of oversight on Oscar by his school teachers (working in a boarding school, it just didn't ring true) and the setting of the 1980s, which didn't seem to matter. Perhaps the latter is because of needing to time the initial events to postwar Barcelona, and then the author worked forward?
ARC provided by publisher.