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The Prisoner of Heaven

By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, A gothic adventure set in Barcelona

I thought I’d take a dive into my ever-expanding TBR backlog since I haven’t been particularly enthused by any new releases lately. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón has been high on my list for a while, given that The Shadow of the Wind has been one of my favorites for years. My …

                    

The Keep

By Jennifer Egan, A Disappointing Attempt at a Literary Gothic Novel

In The Keep, author Jennifer Egan spins her narrative yarn in in the form of two nested stories. Ray is prison inmate enrolled in a writing workshop. In his writing, we find our second story, one about two estranged cousins who are undergoing a project to renovate a centuries-old castle into a hotel. The two …

                    

We Have Always Lived in the Castle

By Shirley Jackson, A Suspenseful Tale of Two Sisters and a Haunting Past

Hmm, I seem to have read quite a few books about crazy people lately. This one is one of those. Shirley Jackson, who most people know from her short story “The Lottery” which almost everyone read in grade school at some point, has a particularly dark and suspenseful brand of writing and it shines in …

                       

The Historian

By Elizabeth Kostova, A Gothic Adventure through European History

The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova, was longer than I thought it would be (the pages are thin). Luckily, it was also very enjoyable. I finished it a couple days ago, but I finally have time to come up with a quick review now. The primary thread through the story is a young woman who discovers …