BookMark: The Zahir: A Novel of Obsession by Paul Coelho (HarperCollins, 2005)

February 14, 2007

A woman-journalist goes missing in Paris, along with a man who may or may not be her lover. Left behind is her husband, a self-centered writer. Was the woman killed? Was she kidnapped? Or did she simply escape a rotten marriage? The Arabic word "zahir" means obsession, which plagues the husband/narrator throughout this haunting story about an attempt to recapture a lost love.