Halloween in Translation: Book Three
by Lee Cross
Book Review: Barcelona Shadows by Marc Pastor
Ok…so wow! What a book! I really enjoyed this one, so much so that I can’t wait to pass it onto my friends.
Barcelona Shadows is a dark and gothic detective novel, based on series of real murders that took place between 1910 and 1911 in Cataluña… or at least so it claims – I’m looking forward to sourcing the information when I have a chance because I’m genuinely intrigued to see how much is ‘real’ and how much fiction.
As for the story, well there’s so much I like about this book that it’s tough to think of any particular parts to highlight. I have to mention the level of evil written about, which is frankly terrifying (now that I know it could be real even more so) and actually gave me cause for pause on several occasions.
Deus Ex Machina – I’m a huge fan of skilfully wielded ‘God of The Machine’ interventions and Marc Pastor uses it wonderfully here. It’s like you can deliberately feel his hand on the tiller from start to finish, driving the story where it needs to go.
Oh yes, and the narrator is Death… Barcelona Shadows really is an exceptional Halloween read and I can’t wait for more of Marc Pastor’s novels to make the journey from Catalan into the English language… if you see this one in the shop, you’ve got to pick it up.