When the Swedish couple I was working with at the moment told me about this book ( I think they read it in their book club), I had no idea who Zafon is, or whether his books were translated or not in Romanian. Back then I was too ignorant to read authors that weren't at least a little bit known ( read famous) and not at all captivated by mystery/thrillers. But then I gave it a try and it kept me awake many a winter's nights. So, I'm either a person who gets scared easily or this novel is really thrilling. In a nutshell, the books don’t only tell stories. They have stories of their own.