"La Sombra del Viento" is written by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, a very famous Spanish author, all his books are written with a really sensitive point of view, which gives every book a human touch.
The story took place in Barcelona, during the beginning of the XX century. The main character is a boy called Daniel Sempere. His father is in charge of an old bookstore and his mother has died of cholera long time ago. One day, with just 10 years old, Daniel's father takes him to a secret place called "El Cementerio de los Libros Olvidados" there Daniel has to choose a book which he would have to keep during all his life. With this book starts the story of Daniel trying to find who the author was, while he is being follow by an stranger and tries to find the love of his life.
Once you have started it's difficult to put the book down, it tells you the lifes of every character, how they try to survive while they are investigating the life of a mysterious writter, how they try to find the way to be with the person they really love.