The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 10 Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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Another creepy thriller from a modern master. (Daily Mirror)
He's compared with Stephen King because his tales have a touch of the supernatural - but crime writer John Connolly is a star in his own right. The Irishman has more than proved himself and the new Charlie Parker novel The Burning Soul is another cracking read. (Sun)
The author's powers remain undimmed. Vintage JC. (Express)
'What's the worst thing you've ever done?' The thrilling Charlie Parker novel from bestselling author John Connolly.See all Product Description
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Connolly famously tries not to make his books too formulaic and said at one of his signing events that in Burning Soul he tried to write a suspense thriller that suggested violence rather than explicitly describing it. I can see what he means by reading it and sometimes it works well but frequently its just boring. He seems to have stripped many of the elements he is famous for right back and sadly we are left with a novel which could have been great but just never got going for me. The Fulci's appearance is so brief as to be pointless and Angel and Louis's cameo felt contrived, as if Connelly felt he should have them there to keep the readers happy but it felt like they'd been forced into the story. The ending as well feels rushed for me, almost like Connolly ran out of steam and had to tie up loose ends and put jigsaw pieces together too quickly. There was only one thing that surprised me at the end, most I found quite predictable.
Don't get me wrong, its not a bad book and definitely worth a read but I wouldn't recommend it if this is your first Connolly. There are some beautiful pieces of writing but overall it felt like just writing a 'lesser' story to 'fill a gap'.Read more ›
I enjoyed the book, but felt it was just marking time. An episode in the series to keep us interested, keep us ticking over, but which doesn't take us much further on. It it would be unfair to give it three stars; but it only just scrapes four.
I'm sure other reviews will summarise the plot. Needless to say its great...with a nice twist at the end, which although I eventually saw it coming was still deftly handled. Also worthy or merit (as always with a John Connolly novel) are the excellent well drawn characters - not just the leads, but also the supporting players - each with their own passions and rich backstories.
For me though it's the quality of the writing that is worthy of merit. Increasingly I am drawn to liken Connolly's style to James Lee Burke (and not just due to the interraction of supernatural elements in the core story. The prose echoes JLB's lyrical style and in my opinion elevates Connollys writing way beyond that of most of his contempories.
Crucially, Connolly keeps the plot moving though (and the character developing) which sometimes I feel JLB loses sight of. There's also some humour in the dialogue which helps more fully realise the key characters and the relationships between them. Whilst it's great writing, rest assured that the story will pull you in and the plot will roll along like a runaway train (my weekend just disappeared reading this - so much so i missed the John connolly booksigning in York on Sunday!).
Even if you are new to the series, there's a tremendous amount of enjoyment to be taken from this book. Take my advice and give John Connolly and Charlie Parker a go!
PS Only minor comment (not even a criticism more a wish for Parker's next outing)... can we see Parker kick some serious arse next time out.Read more ›
In The Burning Soul, Parker has been hired to help a convicted child killer prove his innocence when local girl Anna Kore goes missing. The plot soon thickens as we get embroiled in all manner of local gossip, gang warfare and general small town disputes as things spiral to a conclusion.
Initially a slow burner, this book builds tension and mystery right to the final few pages but it differs from previous Parker books in a couple of crucial ways. John Connolly has never been afraid to inject his “crime” novels with an adrenaline pumping dose of supernatural horror. In books like The Lovers the supernatural elements were right at the forefront, kicking away the genre boundaries and producing writing that was all the better for it. This book holds back on the supernatural aspects, it’s still there in the ghostly messages and apparitions, but it’s used sparingly and with a light touch.
Secondly, Parker and his redoubtable allies, Angel and Louis have always been complex characters who frequently wear their hearts on their sleeves. This element has been significantly reigned back in this novel. Here the characters are much more matter of fact, there is an expectation that the reader will understand their dark history, the darkness is still there but is explained through actions rather than exposition.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a class A read. Read it as a stand alone novel or part of the series. It is beautifully written story. Expect to experience the full range of emotions. Read morePublished 25 days ago by biddyfitz
Only realised when I started reading that I'd already read the paperback a couple of years ago. But decided to reread and I'm glad. Great story, great characters. Perfect!Published 4 months ago by Kevintdbach
Never disappointing. The author just keeps on going. I have every one of his books to date and I still can't predict how any one of them ends. A real adrenalin buster. Read morePublished 5 months ago by andrew charles bertolotti
I've only managed to get up to 8% the way through this book. I think I've read too many of his books lately and I'm getting a little bored. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julia