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The Woman in the Woods: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 16. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of A Game of Ghosts Hardcover – 5 April 2018
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- Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (5 April 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1473641926
- ISBN-13 : 978-1473641921
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 4.3 x 23.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 282,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer reviews:
A supernatural element has long been present in John Connolly's excellent Charlie Parker series. The 16th title, The Woman in the Woods is no exception . . . Beautifully written, with a complex plot and a large cast of richly drawn characters, this is Connolly at his sinister best -- Laura Wilson, Guardian
Every character is expertly drawn . . . A complicated plot, richly drawn characters, and a vein of horror will keep readers devouring the pages., Kirkus Reviews
Unnerving and moving . . . This is Connolly's masterpiece, Publishers Weekly
Connolly portrays a chilling humanity in his characters, both good and evil, giving the book depth while keeping the reader unsettled to the end. Another great addition to a popular series that will please its many fans, Library Journal
Connolly's writing is as impeccable as ever, and, typical of the series, he layers on supernatural elements . . . without compromising the real-world feel of the story . . . Another winner in a consistently high-quality series, Booklist
Sixteen books into the Charlie Parker series and Connolly continues to deliver with his unique blend of supernatural, horror and crime fiction wrapped into one explosive package . . . As the layers are peeled back in this complex mystery, each new chapter hits you like a sucker punch. This haunting thriller will keep you reading into the night with the lights on and the phone turned off, RT Book Reviews
Keeps the reader enthralled from the very beginning . . . "on the edge of your seat" stuff . . . another triumph for Mr Connolly., Shots magazine
One of crime fiction's most accomplished contemporary series . . . John Connolly has . . . outdone himself with this book's gorgeously-drawn multi-dimensional villains . . . The series has increasingly strolled into the shadowy world of the supernatural and there are several scenes in this book which nudge it beyond "thriller" and into more typical "horror" territory. They're delicately balanced on the edge of unsettling, MurderMayhemandMore, wordpress.com
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The plot is excellent, the book fast paced with strong characters. I was particularly impressed with the villains, Quayle and Miss Mors.
Without giving away any details, the story is left open ended and I hope the author will not keep me waiting too long for the sequel!!!
My only niggle is the fact that having paid £10-99 to download onto my Kindle, the following day I saw the hard cover copy in Tesco's available at £10-00.
However, the story was well worth the outlay!!!
And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring.
For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman
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(Hodder & Stoughton, 5 April 2018, ebook, 496 pages, bought from Amazon, Popsugar Reading Challenge, a book that’s published in 2018)
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I’ve loved the Charlie Parker books since I was blown away by Every Dead Thing many years ago. I can’t quite believe The Woman in the Woods is the 16th book. How time flies when you’re having a good time. It took a while to get into this one. I don’t have any concrete reason why. It just did. After a few weeks I’d only read 20%. The magic hadn’t happened but I knew it would, this was a Charlie Parker novel after all, so I just had to be patient. And it happened. Everything fell into place and I read the remaining 80% of The Woman in the Woods in a couple of hours. What I love about these books is the hint at the supernatural, characters that are not quite human and shadowy creatures lurking at the edge of things. I felt the supernatural elements in The Woman in the Woods are a lot more subtle than previous books. Maybe that’s why it took ages to get into it? I loved it anyway. I looked forward to book 17 of my favourite series.
But there is no sign of the baby.
Touched by the situation and in a gesture of Humanity. Lawyer Moxie Castin engages Private detective Charlie Parker to shadow the police investigation. Unfortunately Parker’s not the only one looking for the child. A man and woman are following the trail left by the deceased. The discovery of a missing Child is secondary to them, their primary objective is securing an item, they believe, has the power to shape worlds, and they are prepared to leave a trail of bodies in their wake to achieve it.
With a dark twist, the real America becomes part of the fabric of the story. Parker's disquiet of the Growing political intolerance around him, is brought close to home when Lewis blows up a pickup marked with Confederate Flags. The Vehicle is owned by the Idiot son of a prominent Local politician with hidden far right sympathies. Lewis's spontaneous act is motivated from experiences in his own dark past and blowing off steam due to fear over the health of his partner Angel. This single act may have future implications for the troubled PI and his friends.
As always, the Great North Woods loom large in the fabric of the story. providing a forbidding stage for the events to unfold....
Because in a house by these woods, a toy telephone begins to ring.
And a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman . .
The writing is five star, but the plot is one star, hence the three star average.