In this scary, cerebral thriller from bestseller Connolly, his fifth to feature world-weary Maine PI Charlie Parker (after 2005's The Black Angel), Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his wife and daughter, who died under mysterious circumstances that left him guilt-ridden. Parker is drawn again into the darkest recesses of human nature when a new client, Rebecca Clay, retains him to protect her against a menacing stalker, Frank Merrick, who believes Rebecca knows the whereabouts of her father, Daniel, a child psychiatrist who vanished years before. Merrick suspects Daniel knows the truth about the fate of his own young daughter, whom Daniel treated and who disappeared without a trace while Merrick was incarcerated. Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.
This book reminded me, once again, why I love John Connolly and his Charlie Parker series. The mysteries are always page-turners, and The Unquiet is no exception. What really makes Connolly shine, though, is his wonderful dialogue. It's snappy, intelligent, and sometimes humorous. He manages to pull that off and have a terrific mystery, too. I recommend ALL of his books, although I would start at the beginning of the series so you don't miss any background of his very richly-developed characters.
The group is back; Charlie Parker and Angel and Louis. They are tracking child molesters of the worst kind. These people are organized and dangerous. Charlie is fighting ghosts of his past and runs into his old nemisis The Collector which is very scary.
Great story. Loved all of the guys back together again.
I would not have picked this one up if I had realized that it was part of series, as I prefer not to read them out of order. Once I got started, though, I didn't want to stop. Excellent narration by Jay O. Sander. Connolly's writing is terrific, the story heartbreaking and disturbing. I generally don't care for supernatural elements in my reading, but it did not deter me from the story. I've got several of the author's earlier books in my TBR pile, which I will pull out and move to the front. I definitely want to read more about Charlie Parker.