The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
David Martin is a writer in pre-Civil War Spain. When his debut novel is panned, he receives correspondence from a mysterious French publisher named Andreas Corelli. Corelli promises David his wildest dreams – including curing his brain tumor – if he will just accept Corelli’s commission for a very particular book.
After accepting Corelli’s commission, strange things begin happening to David and he becomes embroiled in the story of another man who accepted a commission from Corelli, the lawyer who used to live in Corelli’s own house.
At the beginning of “The Angel’s Game” I felt almost as if I was re-reading “Shadow of the Wind” 20 years earlier and with different characters. However, I think I was just picking up on the similarities of Zafon’s style since I read the two books so close together (within a couple weeks of one another). “The Angel’s Game” is much, much darker than “Shadow of the Wind.” It also leans more to the paranormal than did “Shadow of the Wind.” While it was very good, it was also somewhat slower than “Shadow of the Wind,” it took much longer for the story to be set up and the mystery to start.
I think “The Angel’s Game” was great and I recommend it, but if you’re new to Zafon, I would personally start with “Shadow of the Wind” and would avoid reading the two books too close together.