The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón is a melodramatic thriller with elements of horror, lots of romance and politics set in Fascist Spain after the Civil War.
I really enjoyed it. I'm a booklover and the whole plot revolves around books.
Some parts really made me shiver but it never got too gruesome for me. The suspense held up till the end and there were some really interesting twists in the end.
The characters are sometimes rather simplistic, either thoroughly good or evil but I didn't mind at all here.
I'd recommend this to anyone who's not afraid of such a thick book!