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The Unquiet (Charlie Parker #6)

4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,537 Ratings  ·  272 Reviews
Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father's legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who refuses to believe that he is dead: ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published January 24th 2008 by Hodder Paperbacks (first published 2007)
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Jan 27, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, thriller
One of the most straight-forward of the Charlie Parker novels I have read, and quite possibly the most bleak, as well. As always, Connolly weaves a tale that is able to completely immerse you from the very beginning, and hold your attention until the final page. Angel and Louis (Connolly's usual comic-relief duo) are present in this novel, but to a much lesser degree than in some of its predecessors.

The storyline doesn't contain as many divergent paths as earlier novels in the series, but was no
K.D. Absolutely
Aug 02, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Kit Salalima
Charlie “Bird” Parker is an ex-New York police officer. Now working as a private detective, he is also hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. A mother named Rebecca Clay hires him to shoo away Frank Merrick a.k.a. “Revenger” who is stalking and tormenting Rebecca and her daughter. Merrick wants to know the true whereabouts of Rebecca’s father Daniel Clay who mysteriously disappeared five years ago. Daniel Clay used to work as a psychiatrist specializing in abused children. Parker is torn b ...more
In March of 2009, I started reading Charlie’s journey through the criminal underworld with “Every Dead Thing”. While having a little supernatural stuff thrown in there, his character reminded me of a “Batman-ish” vigilante. You had the classic story line of a traumatic event happening to an undeserving person which leads into spending their life trying to make amends for what happened. I loved it – I was hooked right away. The first book was full of such anger, he hated the world and wanted just ...more
Luis A. Vidorreta
Jan 20, 2014 Luis A. Vidorreta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cuando descubre tarde una serie, como me ha ocurrido con John Connolly y su fantástico Charlie Parker, corre el peligro de leer los libros muy seguidos en lugar de con el intervalo de años con que han sido escritos.
En estos casos la lectura puede hacerse pesada e identificar en cada volumen el esquema que le funciona al autor y repite en cada libro. Por no hablar de aquellos elementos que te ponen en situación con lo contado en novelas anteriores pero que te rechinan al haberlos leídos hace unos
Jan 31, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Merrick is a dangerous man, a violent ex-con set on finding out what happened to his missing daughter. He believes the answers lie with psychiatrist Daniel Clay, accused years ago of promoting the sexual abuse of some of the children he treated. Clay has been declared legally dead, but since Merrick thinks Clay's reclusive daughter Rebecca keeping him hidden away. Badly frightened, Rebecca hires detective Charlie Parker to warn Merrick off. But Merrick will not be warned, and Parker procee ...more
Jan 02, 2010 Debs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Sixth Charlie Parker novel. Back in New England dealing with religious fanatics, child molesters and other evil men. There are always two stories going on in these books; the main investigation and the a side character, usually evil, hunting or following Parker or his compatriots. The threads mix and weave together in interesting and unpredictable ways. Connolly tells quite a yarn. One of Connolly’s great strengths as a writer has to do with the way he furthers the narrative; I mentioned earlier ...more
Jul 05, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie Parker - you are my hero! Plus Angel and Louis of course. This is the sixth in the Charlie Parker series and they are definitely not losing my interest. In fact I think they are getting better and better. There is some disturbing stuff in this one about child pornography which I tried not to dwell on too much. And there are quite a few ghostly beings making themselves known which makes it a book you read in a well lit room preferably in the middle of the day surrounded by a lot of people ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The Unquiet', book 6 in the private detective Charlie Parker series, is a sad novel. It has an ending, but it isn't very happy. Not only is Parker shocked by how the stalking case he tries to fix for his new client spins out into an unexpected crime of child abuse, he suffers a more personal loss which he can't afford. Then, after learning a little more than he wants about the supernatural forces following him, he is left with a sour truth "This world is full of broken things..."

The dark entit
Apr 01, 2012 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent as always. A bit less supernatural than its predecsesor Black Angel. One thing worth mentioning is (and I wish I knew this beforehand) it would make sense to read Charlie Parker novella included in Nocturnes first before reading this book. Highly recommended.
Bonnie Brody
Feb 20, 2015 Bonnie Brody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by John Connolly but I've already ordered another. He is a writer that I will continue to read. His prose is remarkable and his characterizations are deep and give the reader a true feeling for each and every person in the book. It is a mystery/thriller with some hints of the supernatural. Normally, if one were to say the word 'supernatural' in reference to a book, I wouldn't even begin the first page. However, this is different. The elements of the supernatural ...more
Aug 01, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Thriller lovers
Shelves: thriller, fiction, mystery
I have this happy little addiction to thrillers - and John Connolly is a favorite. Yes, it's formulaic but it's a great escape and a refreshing departure from more intellectually stimulating fare.
Charlie Parker is an ex-cop and private eye with a troubled past and a troubled present - family problems and relationship issues with the various law enforcement agencies a private investigator is often obliged to bump into. The Unquiet is a reference to victims of a sinister cabal of men who are sex
Scott Rhee
John Connolly's "The Unquiet" is, perhaps, Connolly's most straight-forward murder mystery to date. By that I mean that it does not have the rambling expository passages and poetic flourishes that have graced some of his other novels. I think it's due to the harsh and rather ugly subject matter: pedophelia. Not a lot one can (or would want to) poeticize about that. Not missing from the book is Connolly's deft handling of the supernatural. It's toned down a bit in this one, but he manages to brin ...more
THE UNQUIET (PI/Suspense-Charlie Parker-Maine-Cont) – VG+
Connolly, John – 6th in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 2007, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780340920480
First Sentence: This world is full of broken things: broken hearts and broken promises, broken people.
*** PI Charlie Parker is hired to protect Rebecca Clay. Her father, Daniel, was once a respected psychiatrist but many years ago, after his career was ruined by information being released about the harm children suffered while in his care, he disa
Dec 18, 2008 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
I have mixed feelings about this book. Given its genre, it couldn't have been too bad, because it suited me fine while I was stuck in an airport for four hours today--and this, even though I usually go to great lengths to avoid fiction that has supernatural elements. As escapism, it does the job, and I also learned more than I ever wanted to know about the gruesome world of child pornography. My attitude is that all knowledge is good, and it's necessary to be aware of the grotesque underbelly of ...more
Inti Ruiz cruz
Feb 07, 2015 Inti Ruiz cruz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Esta saga no hace mas que mejorar, no entiendo como Connolly supera a sus propios personajes de libro a libro, mas detallados y macabros a la vez; de cuando en cuando me escalofrío un poco al pensar en Pudd o el Coleccionista que junto con Moloch (de Malvados de Connolly pero no de la serie Charlie Parker) son mis mentes perversas favoritas. La mención entrecruzada de Malvados es fugaz pero deliciosa.

No puedo decir cual es mi entrega predilecta de esta serie, tal vez no necesito tenerla, pues f
Kealan Burke
Jan 30, 2008 Kealan Burke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime noir fans
Despite having the most linear plot of all the Parker books, THE UNQUIET is a superb read, and less cluttered than THE BLACK ANGEL. If there's a fault to be found it's in the lack of Angel & Louis, who ordinarily provide a welcome dose of humor in Connolly's grim tales.
Jul 19, 2008 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book with a unique story. I was not sure why the author titled it the "Unquiet" unless it referred to the occasional voices of the characters' personal ghosts as whispers in their ears. I thought, instead, that it would be more appropriately named Hollow Men since they were referred to so much throughout the story.
Some of the story jumped around a bit and it was not always clear to a speedy reader, such as myself, who was doing the narrating at times or what they were referring to in som
Bob Williams
Oct 29, 2012 Bob Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

John Connolly's Charlie Parker is one of the most interesting detectives in modern contemporary fiction. He's hard-boiled yet sensitive, violent yet compassionate. He is in touch with spirits from the other side, especially those of his slain wife and daughter who were slaughtered in quite an unsettling fashion in EVERY DEAD THING. The killers he tracks down are warped, twisted, and cringe-inducing and are some of the darkest characters one will in encounter in the modern detective novel.

Sep 24, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm embarrassed to admit this. I first discovered John Connolly because at the Balboa Peninsula library he shared a shelf with one of my favorite crime novelists, Michael Connelly. The first book I read by Mr. Connolly was YA and I loved it. The Infernals was both scary and fun with a sharp-tongued edginess and Dante-inspired mayhem I appreciated. It never spoke down to its audience while its slang (Irish, perhaps, like the author) was unfamiliar and foreign in a wonderful way.

The Unquiet is an
Aug 17, 2007 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy darker thrillers and crime, as well as people who enjoy some supernatural elements.
Yet another great entry in the Charlie Parker series. A little light on Louis and Angel (can't help feeling that way, they are one of my absolute favorite things about the whole series). The sexual abuse of children is very difficult to read and write about, but Connolly did a fantastic job here. There was the same dark feel as with the prior books. I was happy to see Charlie evolve as a character and my interest is definitely peaked for the next installment!

Just a side note: I always have a har
The sixth installment of the Charlie Parker series is another dark one, this time involving a ring of child abuse. But it also brings The Collector back which is just fascinating. This one includes less direct bloodshed, but retains a satisfying quality to its sense of justice. More questions are raised here about Charlie’s parents and his true self. It’s a highly engaging read and a very strong addition to the series!

I love his books. He is one of the very best writers - and certainly the best
Gary Haynes
Sep 11, 2013 Gary Haynes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has to be one of Connolly's best books and the first I read. Like the books of his literary hero, James Lee Burke, Connolly combines a crime thriller with passages of lyrical beauty. The landscape is vividly described and becomes a character in itself. The protagonist, PI Charlie Parker, is tough, funny, humane and believable. Connelly effortlessly blends gothic-like horror with gritty realism. His villains verge on being otherworldly and yet retain an earthly menace. There is humour, too, ...more
Mar 26, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best Charlie Parker novel in a while, creepy and fast moving. One of the most interesting things about this series is that you're never quite sure whether there is a serious supernatural element or not. Parker's perceptions may be warped by his previous experiences, he himself admits this (in one way or another) in almost every book.

Connolly writes in such a way that the idea that Parker is slightly unhinged, or perhaps hallucinating, is just as plausible as the idea that he's really encoun
Jul 03, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
The Unquiet is typical John Connolly - dark, engrossing, and extremely well-written. I would recommend picking up his short story collection Nocturnes before reading this one, though, because one of the bad guys in The Unquiet first showed up in the Charlie Parker novella that was in Nocturnes. That novella had been my first introduction to Charlie, and while I could vaguely recall the story, encountering the bad guy again in The Unquiet would have had more of an effect on me if I'd read it more ...more
Jen Blood
Feb 08, 2016 Jen Blood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker is retained by Rebecca Clay to scare off a mysterious stalker asking questions about the whereabouts of Rebecca's father, Daniel Clay, who disappeared in disgrace after a child sex abuse scandal some years earlier. Parker takes the job only to find himself immersed in a world of violence, deceit, and a conspiracy known as "The Project" that has been ongoing for decades. Parker's own torment over the loss of his wife and daughter once again play a ...more
Ms. Nikki
While the writing is superb as usual and the story interesting, the lack of Louis, Angel, and the level of paranormal goodness of other reads were missed making me realize how indispensable they are in respect to my enjoyment of these novels.
Sep 20, 2015 Tammy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably my favorite in the series after the first one. This was sad and moving and I'm left hungering for more. Alas, it's 2:00am and my library isn't open for 7 more hours :( I am addicted to this author!
Julie Kellner
Apr 16, 2015 Julie Kellner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deeply disturbing but thoroughly enjoyable thriller
Hay tanto para decir de este libro que no se ni que decir.

PRIMERO: John Connolly es un genio.
SEGUNDO: este libro tiene el mejor prologo que he leído en mi vida
TERCERO: es libro es excelente, una obra casi perfecta.

Es un libro que no es tan fácil parar de leerlo, la lectura no es ligera pero el buen uso de la lírica y lo fresco de la narración hace que se entienda todo.
Esta es una de las las historias más raras que he leído. El detective Parker es de esos personajes que te enamoran, te cautiv
Jul 07, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THE UNQUIET by John Connolly is the 7th or 8th in the series I think and is so good as a sequel I am intent on reading the whole series from #1 on... I am sure anyone can start ANYWHERE in the series and get sucked into the eerie poetic world of Charles "Bird" Parker, the haunted private investigator, and his macho-but-gay assassin/mercenary cohorts Louis and Angel. The next book is THE REAPERS and focuses mostly on Louis and Angel tho Parker does appear eventually in a switch of roles supportin ...more
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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 newspaper ...more
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“I am sorry," I whispered. "I am sorry for all of the ways that I failed you. I am sorry that I was not there to save you, or to die alongside you. I am sorry that I have kept you with me for so long, trapped in my heart, bound in sorrow and remorse. I forgive you too. I forgive you for leaving me, and I forgive you for returning. I forgive you your anger, and your grief. Let this be an end to it.” 18 likes
“This world is full of broken things: broken hearts, broken promises, broken people,” 18 likes
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