I read the book Nevel in Tanger by Cristina López Barrio. Read here my review.
About the book
A fleeting lover, a magical city, a forgotten mystery: the bestseller from Spain for lovers of Isabel Allende. After a passionate night with an unknown man, Flora Gascón returns to her colorless daily life. Although she hardly knows anything about her lover-for-one-night, she still muses about him. Who was he? Where did he come from? She has no more clues than a novel set in Morocco. The main character of that novel is called Paul – just like her missing lover. In an impulse, she buys a plane ticket to Morocco, where she goes looking for him. In Tanger she meets the writer of the book and asks her for help. Then Flora is gradually immersed in the magical city and in the mystery around Paul.
It took a long time for me to finish this book and it doesn’t even have a lot of pages (304). You must know the saying ‘you can’t judge the book by its cover’, and in this case it is so true. I love the cover and I was very interested in this book when I read the synopsis, but I did not really enjoy reading this book. The story follows Flora but then the writer switches to Marina in the past, which is confusing at times. Sometimes I don’t know what it’s even about and who’s story it is, Marina or Flora? And honestly, I think Flora is a little pathetic. She has a one-night-stand and then follows this guy to Tanger who happens to have the same name as in a novel that he read. The other character Marina is actually a lot more interesting, but all of the sudden she is nowhere to be found if the story moves on till the end, which is also not that spectacular. It’s not a bad novel or anything, it’s just not that great either. The writer tries to mix the two genres of thriller and novel in one, but it doesn’t really work out that well. Nice try though.
Title: Nevel in Tanger
Author: Cristina López Barrio
Publisher: Wereldbibliotheek Nieuw Amsterdam