It's wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they've recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners' son, who died by drowning.
With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the strange circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called the Prince of Mist--a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden--an adventure that will change their lives forever. (Publisher's summary from Powell's Books)
Although I found The Prince of Mist mildly scary, it definitely was a suspenseful read. From the moment the Carver family arrived in the small coastal town and their new home, strange things occur. Each new mysterious event serves to propel the story forward, and as the characters learn about the “mysterious being called the Prince of Mist,” an extremely creepy villain, the spook factor certainly rises.
Zafon’s writing makes this book a true horror story. There is an eerie atmosphere that pervades the setting, and creeps into the consciousness of the reader very much like a mist. This is achieved through the author’s sensory details. Most of his description provides strong visual, auditory, tactile, and even olfactory experiences geared at provoking an emotional or psychological response.
The Prince of Mist is suspenseful with interesting characters that have the ability to hold the story together. The mystery is intriguing enough to maintain the reader's attention through out. While I liked the book, I did not love it. I definitely wanted a bigger scare factor and for me this fell short.