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Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker #2)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  7,620 Ratings  ·  348 Reviews
Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the capture of their killer, The Travelling Man, Charlie Parker retreats to the wintry Maine landscape of his childhood. By following in the steps of his beloved grandfather, Parker hopes to heal his spirit and get through the bitter anniversary of Jennifer and Susan's murder. But the ...more
Paperback, 504 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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mark monday
Jul 30, 2014 mark monday rated it liked it
Shelves: murdertime
every book starts out as a three-star book for me. I am hopeful but realistic. I treat books like I treat people. am I prepared to "like" - i.e. 3 stars - a person right off the bat? well yeah, why not. but am I prepared to "really like" - 4 stars - a person, automatically? I don't think so, let's get to know each other first.

Dark Hollow is a solid 3 star book. I liked it. haunted former police detective Charlie Parker is embroiled in his second crime mystery, this time involving an array of rep
Nov 10, 2016 Carol. rated it liked it
I ordered this from the library with ambivalence; though I enjoy Connolly's writing, I didn't find the first book of the Charlie Parker series particularly enjoyable (body count was a little high for me). However, book 8, The Lovers, was engrossing and well done, so I thought it was worth finding out more about Parker's timeline. Also, his Samuel Jackson series is excellent. I found a rather solid mystery-thriller, peppered with the descriptive passages I've come to love.

The plot centers around
Paul Nelson
Oct 25, 2015 Paul Nelson rated it it was amazing
'There are people whose eyes you must avoid, whose attention you must not draw to yourself.'

So the second book in the Charlie Parker series, and my reread mission continues. Hired by a woman to get child support from her ex-husband, Charlie joins a lengthy queue of people searching for Billy Purdue and the alleged funds he's suddenly come into. Pretty soon Rita Purdue and her son are dead, there are mobsters, hitmen and all sorts running round being naughty and Charlie has to wade through it a
I met Charlie Parker for the first time last year, when I read John Connolly’s first book in the Charlie Parker series, Every Dead Thing. To say I fell in love with him is a mere expression of the tip of an iceberg with regard to my feelings for Charlie Parker; they go definitely deeper than mere love for a fictional character. He is not your usual hero, all swashbuckling and saving damsels in distresses while showing he has no fears or that such events are just a part of his life. Oh no, he is ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
The success of Every Dead Thing appears to have energized John Connolly, because here he writes with a confidence and clarity that other authors take a lifetime to achieve. If ever.

A particularly vivid experience, this. You can taste, smell and breathe this book. The opening words, "I dream dark dreams" set the tone of the novel. It is indeed the stuff of dreams. Terrifying dreams.

The plot involves the hunt for a serial killer, as with Every Dead Thing's The Traveling Man. You'll have to decide
Alucinante. Para que a nadie se le ocurra denigrar al género policial/novela negra. No es que sea una experta en la materia, pero la fantástica forma en la que Connolly logra espantarte, horrorizarte, hacerte reír en voz alta y obligarte a estrujar tu cerebro, en la misma continuidad argumental es incomparable. Sin cortes abruptos, ni pozos literarios ni agujeros en la historia. Al final, si no lográs dar con el "asesino" es porque su autor claramente es más inteligente que todos nosotros, ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
‘Dark Hollow’ is SO exciting I couldn't stop reading it until I literally couldn’t focus on the page when my body demanded I go to sleep NOW! I cursed my physical weakness…..

After my morning coffee (without which the dementia which may attack me at any moment is once again held off), I finished the novel and now I am sated with satisfaction.

John Connolly’s writing style reminds me of John Sanford and James Lee Burke; however, since Connolly includes a strong element of supernatural ghost visita
Jul 29, 2015 Chris rated it it was amazing
Even better than Every Dead Thing. Tighter and more focused in that the story spans the whole volume rather than being two stories and spends most of the time in basically one location with one set of characters. Louis and Angel really come into their own in this one in full comedic foils to Charlie Parker’s straight man. Dark, funny, compelling, heart-breaking, well written, beautiful and savage---sometimes at the same time. I can’t say enough about this writer and the promise that this series ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Bandit rated it it was amazing
I believe that good writing can transcend genres and Connolly is such an amazing writer that, even though I'm not a huge fan of mysteries or thrillers, this book was nearly impossible to put down and get 5 stars from me all the way. I seriously can't say enough good things about it. Great story, terrific character development, not too mention great characters, incredible suspense and also spooky and dark enough to please horror fans. Highly recommended.
Ms. Nikki
When you cry,
I will wipe away your tears.
When you hurt,
I will take the pain away.
When you fall,
I will lift you up again.
When you need,
I will give my everything.
When you lay,
I will be right by your side.
When you...
I will...

by Nikki (I couldn't feel the book to write a poem specifically for it)

I don't know if it was the dreams Charlie was having or what, but this read took a while for me to warm to.

There was, as usual, the requisite amount of bloodshed and murder. Maybe a bit too much.

To sum up th
Jan 20, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Dark Hollow is Book 2 of John Connolly's Charlie Parker series. If possible, I enjoyed this one even more so than EVERY DEAD THING. We learn more about Charlie, and watch how he grows from his emotional upstart to a man who just believes that it is his role to protect the innocents around him. This novel seemed to develop in terms of plot even more rapidly that its predecessor, and I loved the return of Charlie's loyal, enigmatic friends Lewis and Angel.

Book 3, THE KILLING KIND is rising on my T
Adam Light
Jun 29, 2015 Adam Light rated it it was amazing
The second part in the Charlie Parker series. Better than the first one, in my opinion.
David Brian
Aug 02, 2016 David Brian rated it it was amazing
"I dream dark dreams." A suitably fitting opening for the second installment from Charlie Parker's dark and violent life.

As the anniversary approaches of his wife and daughter's brutal slaying, Charlie 'Bird' Parker retreats to Maine, where he hopes old memories might begin the healing of his soul.
But fate can be a cruel mistress, and Charlie's decision to take on a simplistic case, involving child support and an ex-spouse, leads to his involvement with the untimely and savage murder of another
Camille Stein
Nov 20, 2013 Camille Stein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alone, alone, about a dreadful wood
Of conscious evil runs a lost mankind,
Dreading to find its Father lest it find
The Goodness it has dreaded is not good:
Alone, alone, about our dreadful wood.

(Wystan Hugh Auden / “For The Time Being”)

—Eres único —dijo Louis—. Podrías caerte y te costaría encontrar el suelo.

—El sufrimiento no lo justifica todo, Bird —dijo Ángel en voz baja—. Así que ha sufrido, ya ves tú. Que se ponga a la cola con el resto de la gente, los simples mortales. Sufrir no es just
Connolly should be ranked at the top of his field. His work with his American crime-fiction franchise and his iconic anti-hero at the center is even more impressive due to the fact that Connolly himself, is an Irishman.

His ability to create a chilling atmosphere is only second to his top notch character development. Parker returns alongside friends, Louis and Angel in Connolly's sequel to 2001's Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow. In Dark Hollow, PI Charlie "Bird" Parker returns to his old stomping
Liz Barnsley
Feb 23, 2014 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Oh the only thing I really need to tell you about this book is BEWARE MR PUDD. And if you are, like me, a ninny when it comes to all things arachnid, you MAY need to look away often during the reading of this one. From experience I know that this is not the darkest evil Charlie will face but I DO know it is the one that sticks out firmly in my mind...

I find it quite hard to review ANY of these novels without spoilers, the ongoing mythology and intrigue surrounding one of my best loved characters
Book Him Danno
I have begun working though the entire backlist of John Connolly. I read book 11 of the series and absolutely loved it. Book one was a rambling mess that really should have been two books at a minimum. Here with book two Connolly has narrowed down his plot to tell one story instead of many, but it really is a little too wandering to get there. Essentially this book could have used a lot more tightening to tell the story in much less time.

So it is great strides over book one, but nowhere near t
Jun 21, 2015 Stefan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, 2015, re-read
I am rereading the Charlie Parker series. Knowing what I know now, I see premonitions of what is to come and the dark path Charlie must walk. This was even better the second time round.
Aug 29, 2009 J rated it liked it

More Charlie Parker. He's totally transplanted from the NYC environment, back to Maine, his teen stomping ground, where he's moved to recover from his widowhood.

The poetic stuff is here throughout, again, mainly in descriptions of trees and weather, such as snowfall.

Connolly appears to specialize in hyper-individualized bad guys. Last time it was Agent Woolrich aka Travelin Man. This time it's Caleb Kyle. And this time, author has immensely improved at explaining how the vil
Janette Fleming
Aug 24, 2016 Janette Fleming rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I dream dark dreams.

I dream of a figure moving through the forest, of children flying from his path, of young women crying at his coming. I dream of snow and ice, of bare branches and moon-cast shadows. I dream of dancers floating in the air, stepping lightly even in death, and my own pain is but a faint echo of their suffering as I run. My blood is black on the snow, and the edges of the world are silvered with moonlight. I run into the darkness, and he is waiting.

I dream in black and white, a
Scott Rhee
Mar 31, 2012 Scott Rhee rated it really liked it
There's probably nothing more enjoyable (except for maybe sex, chocolate, and winning the lottery) than discovering a new favorite author. John Connolly is one of my new favorites. His long-running detective series featuring his brooding, anguished private eye Charlie "Bird" Parker (not to be confused with the jazz musician) is one of those series that has quickly gained a following of devoted fans, but his name is still not as recognizable as, say, John Sandford or James Lee Burke. And it ...more
The formula is always the same: there's a crime, a bad guy, Charlie comes in, crime solved. And still, I can say, without a doubt, that Connolly has the second place in the podium of my total favorite authors (Brandon Sanderson has the first, if you, hypothetical reader, are wondering).
Why I consider his stories so good? Because, even when you know what to expect, at some point; there's always a new layer, a new turn, a new piece in the complex puzzle of this characters' stories. It never gets
Tim Niland
Jan 29, 2012 Tim Niland rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
It has been nearly a year since Charlie Parker's wife and daughter were murdered, a killing he avenged at the end of the first novel in this series, Every Dead Thing. Moving to his ancestral home in Maine, Parker gets a private investigator's license almost as an afterthought, spending most of his time fixing up his grandfather's old house and trying to heal his wounds. When he offers to speak to a husband overdue on child support on behalf of the struggling wife, he unwittingly comes into the ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-translation
Selain adegan sadis yang bikin ngilu, John Connolly seperti biasa menyelipkan adegan horor yang bikin saya merinding waktu membacanya malam-malam, sendirian di rumah...ceritanya sendiri bagus, dan aksinya seru!

Kutipan berkesan:

"...biasanya, ketika seseorang yang tidak bahagia memasuki sebuah pernikahan maka sering kali menghasilkan dua orang yang tidak bahagia, mungkin bahkan dua orang tidak bahagia yang ingin bercerai."

"Memahami adalah memaklumi sifat jahat seseorang selain sifat baiknya."

Mike Cruden
Aug 24, 2015 Mike Cruden rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books by one of the best authors around. The story is sheer edge-of-your-seat quality right up to the final denouement with some thrilling set pieces, and all of the characters are superb; Charlie Parker and his two good friends Louis and Angel and also the villains of the novel, who range from thoroughly evil to has some redeeming features. The subsidiary characters too are drawn with perception and a sound knowledge of the quirks of human nature. What differentiates ...more
My second novel written By mr. Connelly in which Louis & Angel play a bigger part and also it seems that organised crime takes a vacation in Maine. And not in the nice touristy part but back into the woods where the answer of a family mystery of Mr. Parker seems to lie.

Once more Mr. C seems to be able to balance a thriller with a dark subject matter with the brilliantly funny and well written dialogue/ It actually takes the edge of some of the darkness. This second novel in the Charlie Parke
I have very mixed feelings for this, and that goes also for the first Charlie Parker book. There is a great atmosphere, John Connolly has really good handle of describing a nature, and the strange feelings that connects things to the past. Main characters are interesting, you care and fear for their well being, and that's a main reason currently to continue this series.

Maine being setting for this, we're in a deep Stephen King territory, and there's definitely the familiar feel to it if you are
Michael Hall
Aug 20, 2012 Michael Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really liking this John Connolly guy. He writes in a genre that I admit to having not read much of, but he definitely seems like he's at the top of his field. The characters are more than memorable and seem like real people. Very few writers can evoke all of your senses and Connolly does it phenomenally! He describes a scene so poetically that you not only see it in your mind's eye, but you feel, smell, hear, and taste it.

In this book Charlie "Bird" Parker seems a bit more introspective tha
Scott Firestone
Apr 20, 2016 Scott Firestone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, mystery, thriller
In the second Charlie Parker mystery, the death of another woman and her child drives Parker to find their killer. The clues lead in one direction, toward one suspect, but Parker thinks there's something more going on here.

Connolly excels at atmosphere. This book takes place in northern Maine, and Connolly makes you fully believe you're right there in the cold and the dark. And as he pulls the threads tighter and tighter, it feels colder, and darker, and more claustrophobic. It raced toward the
I always have a thing for a story which at first seems to be made of tangled threads but then they are woven beautifully into one terrific piece. That is the impression I get from DARK HOLLOW.

After losing his wife and daughter in EVERY DEAD THING, the main character of the story, Charlie Parker retreats to his childhood house in Scarborough (reminds me of an old song called Scarborough Fair...hehe... parsley sage...rosemary and thyme...). Things may seem peaceful for a moment, but Charlie proves
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times ...more
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Charlie Parker (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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