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.
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.
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.
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.
When Charlie Parker, private detective, is hired to find a missing child psychiatrist, he delves into a sordid world, where members of faction do unspeakable things to little innocents. While this book has a stomach-turning plot, it's a good reminder to us all that we must be ever vigilant where our children are concerned.
Dark subject matter (sexual child abuse) with a poor background story (a better word would probably be non-story)background. No mystery, no twists, no turns. I'd like my time back that I invested in reading this book. Connolly seems to be attempting the tired and predictable, symbolic jabs at political conservatives and organized religion. He just succeeds in jabbing himself IMO.
Private detective Charlie Parker is faced with untangling a twisted story brimming with betrayal, secrets, and murder when a psychiatrist goes missing after revelations come to light about harm done to children in his care.
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I love his books. He is one of the very best writers - and certainly the best mystery-writer that I have ever read! His words - even at their most grotesque and haunting - remain lyrically beautiful. His characters are so fleshed out that it is amazing that they are not actually alive. And his plots are finely woven webs that link everything together in the end. This installment, revolving around a mysterious ring of child abusers, was very well done. And with the rather surprising turn of events at the end, I am very curious to see where the next book will go.