FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books.
In stock.
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
The Burning Soul: A Charl... has been added to your Basket
FREE Delivery on orders over £10.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Tree Savers
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 10 Paperback – 21 Jun 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
£8.99
£0.90 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£8.99 FREE Delivery in the UK on orders with at least £10 of books. In stock. Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 10
  • +
  • The Whisperers: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 9
  • +
  • The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller:  11
Total price: £26.97
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340993553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340993552
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

Review

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)

Book Description

'What's the worst thing you've ever done?' The thrilling Charlie Parker novel from bestselling author John Connolly.

See all Product Description


Related Media

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I've loved the Parker books since Every Dead Thing (the first). I've read most of the non-Parker books and love Connolly's writing and style. This is the first time I've ever read one of his books and not felt drawn in by the story. I agree with the reviewer who said this is Connolly just ticking over. It just felt like he has his imagination on hold for now. Don't get me wrong, its a decent and certainly not a 'bad' story, just not up to his usual high standards. It starts off well enough but I felt alot of it was needless padding and it could even have been a better shorter novella.

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 ›
4 Comments 23 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Another successful novel in the Charlie Parker series, yet with a slightly different feel about it. It's a slow burner, very much so - takes a long time to get going and develop the different strands. And there's not much private-investigating, or detective-ing going on. Which means some fairly long passages of explanation are needed. Angel and Louis appear, but aren't that essential.
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.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Receiving a new Charlie Parker novel is always a treat. Having followed the series since its inception I can honestly say I have never been let down (the only disappointment is when you finnish...I always want more!).

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!

Tom

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 ›
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
As always, great hero, great writing - a brilliant edge-of-your-seat murder mystery, with just a touch of the supernatural. I love (and own) the entire series. Grisly, surprising, unpredictable and highly recommended.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
With The Burning Soul, John Connolly once again takes us into the dark and tortured world of Charlie Parker. For those unfamiliar with the series (and if that applies to you, get hold of a copy of Every Dead Thing as soon as possible and brace yourself), Charlie Parker is a private detective who is haunted both psychologically and supernaturally by the brutal murder of his wife and daughter at the hands of the Travelling Man.

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 ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback