The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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The romance and female protagonist may make the novel more appealing for females, but there are enough creepy elements to reach male readers.
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It was an unforgettable summer....

When fourteen-year-old Irene Sauvelle moves with her family to Cape House on the coast of Normandy, she's immediately taken by the beauty of the place--its expansive cliffs, coasts, and harbors. There, she meets a local boy named Ishmael, and the two soon fall in love. But a dark mystery is about to unfold, involving a reclusive toymaker who lives in a gigantic mansion filled with mechanical beings and shadows of the past.

As strange lights shine through the fog surrounding a small, barren island, Irene's younger brother dreams of a dark creature hidden deep in the forest. And when a young girl is found murdered, her body at the end of a path torn through the woods by a monstrous, inhuman force, Irene and Ishmael wonder--has a demonic presence been unleashed on the inhabitants of Cape House? Together, they'll have to survive the most terrifying summer of their lives, as they try to piece together the many mysteries and secrets hidden in a town torn apart by tragedy, amidst a labyrinth of lights and shadows.
 

About Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Carlos Ruiz Zafón es uno de los autores más leídos y reconocidos en todo el mundo. Inicia su carrera literaria en 1993 con El Príncipe de la Niebla, a la que siguen El Palacio de la Medianoche, Las Luces de Septiembre (reunidos en el volumen La Trilogía de la Niebla) y Marina. En 2001 se publica su primera novela para adultos, La Sombra del Viento, que pronto se transforma en un fenómeno literario internacional. Con El Juego del Ángel vuelve al universo del Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados, que sigue creciendo con El Prisionero del Cielo. Sus obras han sido traducidas a más de cincuenta lenguas y han conquistado numerosos premios y millones de lectores en los cinco continentes.
 
Published May 9, 2013 by W&N. 256 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, History. Fiction
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The romance and female protagonist may make the novel more appealing for females, but there are enough creepy elements to reach male readers.

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