Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)
I found this book to be spine-tingling in the best possible way (for a scaredy-cat like me, anyway). A gothic thriller through and through, Marina is filled with action and danger amid crumbling mansions and grotesque madness. Lyrical language makes the creepy imagery delicious and captivating. Set in Barcelona, Spain in 1979, Marina follows Oscar, who befriends the vibrant titular character in order to unearth a decades-old mystery (the unraveling of which is extremely satisfying). In my opinion the contemporary components weren’t as strong as the past mystery, but overall that is a minor quibble in a breathtaking book.
Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC RUIZ ZAFON)