A USA TODAY Bestseller
“Complex, pulse-pounding...Connolly’s nuanced characterizations and facility at creating spooky atmospherics make it easy to suspend disbelief about the threat of cosmic horror from other dimensions.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Private Investigator Charlie Parker returns in this heart-pounding thriller as he seeks revenge against the darkest forces in the world, from the internationally bestselling author of the acclaimed The Woman in the Woods.
He is our best hope.
He is our last hope.
On a lonely moor in northern England, the body of a young woman is discovered. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.
Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the darkness has heard the call.
Charlie Parker has also heard it and from the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast the world into darkness.
Parker fears no evil—but evil fears him.
With John Connolly’s signature “blend of crime and supernatural horror” (Crime Reads), A Book of Bones is a terrifying and suspenseful thrill ride that will keep you guessing until the very last page.
Connolly's complex, pulse-pounding 17th supernatural thriller featuring Maine-based investigator Charlie Parker (after 2018's The Woman in the Woods) finds Parker still on the trail of Quayle, a possibly immortal English lawyer, and Pallida Mors, Quayle's appropriately named killing machine. In the previous volume, their first round ended in a draw: Quayle was successful in retrieving some missing pages from a book called "the Fractured Atlas," but Parker managed to retain one page, preventing Quayle from using the volume to end the world. Their duel now continues, as clues about the two villains, who rival Hannibal Lecter in their creepiness, send Parker and his allies to Amsterdam in search of them, even as police in the U.K. probe a series of murders connected with a bizarre religion, the Congregation of Adam Before Eve & Eve Before Adam, whose god demands the spilling of blood. Connolly's nuanced characterizations and facility at creating spooky atmospherics make it easy to suspend disbelief about the threat of cosmic horror from other dimensions. This underrated author deserves a wider audience.
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A Book of Bones
I wait impatiently for every new book from John Connolly. This latest installment in the Charlie Parker series was astonishingly good. I did not want to finish reading it, but it was so good I could not put it down. Connolly’s books cannot be read without a dictionary and an encyclopedia. I learn so much from every book. I love the Charlie Parker character. I will just have to wait for the next book.
What began as a very interesting, compelling story turned into mush with too many obscure characters, too many innuendos, and too many departures from the plot. I usually look forward to Connolly’s books. This one wasn’t worth waiting for.
So difficult a read
I read over 70 books a year— cover to cover. It is rare if I do not completely read a book. I tried again and agin but could not get past a third of the book. The minutiae was unnecessary and detracted from whatever direction the author wanted us to go. I have nothing positive to say.