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The Unquiet: A Thriller (Charlie Parker #6)

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But that is the nature of revenge. It escalates. It cannot be controlled. One hurt invites another, on and on until the original injury is all but forgotten in the chaos of what follows.

John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling have quickly made him one of today's preeminent thriller writers. Now, in The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to...more
ebook, 416 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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K.D. Absolutely
Aug 02, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
Brandon
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 Anarte
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...more
LJ
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...more
Debs
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
Phrynne
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
Bill
Aug 01, 2011 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery/Thriller lovers
Shelves: fiction, thriller, 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...more
Carrie
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...more
Bob Williams

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.

THE U...more
Linda
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
Donna
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
Jean
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
Lorrie
You know those books that you pick up that you really don't like the narrator, the writing style, or the plot, but you finish them out anyway just because you want to know where the author thought it would logically go?

Well, spoiler alert, but (view spoiler)...more
John
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...more
Cherry Mischievous
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George Guidall (audiobook narrator) has a slurring or "-ish" quality to his words. I find that this is not to my liking. Don't get me wrong, the words are clear and distinct, they just have that slurring or "-ish" added sound to it. It took a lot of getting used to which I think contributed to my diminished enjoyment of this book.

I enjoyed the last book, The Black Angel, a lot but I've read neutral to negative reviews about this one so I was kinda dreading going into this book. Maybe it...more
Jennie
Aug 17, 2007 Jennie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Gary Haynes
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
John
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...more
Brooke
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
Victoria
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 event...more
Sara Comuzzo
John Connolly non è Stephen King, non è John Grisham e non va confuso con Micheal Connelly.
Ed è un peccato non abbia il successo e la fama di quelli appena citati.
Perchè John Connolly sa scrivere e sa creare storie intrecciate di crimini, omicidi, assassini, armi, sicari, serial-killer, spettri.
Questo libro è l'ennesima avventura di Charlie Bird Parker, investigatore privato che possiede il dono di poter parlare e vedere i morti, o meglio solo sentirli, percepirli, connettersi con la loro presen...more
Bandit
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.
Kealan Burke
Jan 30, 2008 Kealan Burke rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Ivanna
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...more
Sheila
Charlie Parker gets involved in the seedy world of pedaphiles that kidnap and kill small children.
Very disturbing.
Niki Costantini
Sesto romanzo con Charlie "Bird" Parker e i suoi fedeli Louis e Angel, non ancora pubblicato in Italia.
E' diverso dagli altri cinque. Charlie Parker rimane l'uomo tormentato che è, con tutti le sue visioni e i suoi fantasmi, ma questa volta deve affrontare un orrore che è reale. I demoni in questa storia sono le persone normali, quelle che ci vivono accanto ogni giorno, in carne e ossa e non per questo meno orribili e spaventose. Inoltre, differentemente dai precedenti, la storia si svolge in m...more
Бранимир Събев
Всички се погнусяваме и отвращаваме от педофилите, ала тази книга задълбава още по-навътре и изкарва на бял свят същността на подобен тип изверги и цялата ни черна, неподправена омраза, която заслужават. Авторът ни е показал едва ли не, че някаква зла висша сила помага на подобни хора в мерзките им деяния. Показал ни е още и вече затрогващият ме образ на Чарли Паркър – детективът, притежаващ толкова добро и голямо сърце, че в него може да побере целият свят. Детектив, който върви неотклонно напр...more
Jaquilyn
I liked this book, but I felt that it just took too long to get to the point. I was frustrated while reading the book because I didn’t feel that it should be labeled as a thriller until close to the end of the book. It was interesting however, and I don’t feel as if it was a waste of time, because it wasn’t, but if you chose to read The Unquiet … think of it as more of a true story and a documentary… of a past event (even though it is a novel)…. Go into it expecting more of a mystery novel.
It w...more
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
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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.” 17 likes
“This world is full of broken things: broken hearts, broken promises, broken people,” 14 likes
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