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The Whisperers by John Connolly
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Jul 26, 2011

The Whisperers is Connolly’s ninth novel featuring Charlie Parker, and continues an interesting trajectory which is the reverse of many a long running television series. Typically, a television series will begin with a concept but as time goes on will have to rely on more and more extreme plot lines, characters or shock tactics to maintain audience attention (see Big Brother!). In contrast, the early novels in the series relied heavily on some very gruesome and graphic violence (along with strong plots), but as the series has progressed much of the violence is more muted or occurs off stage, while tension and atmosphere is built and developed through well crafted writing. In addition, the characters continue to build and develop across the series of books. This novel is probably best appreciated by someone who has read the earlier books, so start from the beginning but bear in mind the trajectory I have described.

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