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Dark Hollow

(Charlie Parker #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  11,500 ratings  ·  640 reviews
Dark Hollow is a masterful second novel from a young Irish writer whose storytelling skills were established with Every Dead Thing. Now his fiery, ingenious detective, Charlie Bird Parker, returns to uncover a legacy of evil that has haunted Maine citizens for decades.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Pocket Books (first published January 6th 2000)
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Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Two violent occurrences, taking place almost simultaneously one winter’s night, bound together by a single dark thread that lost itself in tangled memories of distant, brutal acts.” This quote sums up a complicated and gruesome plot.

While I have been trying to entertain myself with lighter reads, they weren’t getting the job done. So I made the decision to catch up on one of my favorite dark and brutally violent series instead!

As always with this series, the plot is complex, the writing i
Nov 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: multi-culti, thriller
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
John Culuris
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, top-shelf
In Charlie Parker’s debut, Every Dead Thing, John Connolly introduced a protagonist who had already fallen from grace; a New York City police detective, he was getting drunk in a bar as his wife and young daughter were being brutally murdered. With absolutely no progress made on the case in the months that follow, he falls further, as evidenced in part by his resignation. Only in taking on a different case privately do details emerge that lead to the dead-of-night serial killer that took his fam ...more
mark monday
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to describe how much I am enjoying this series. I have had several mediocre to bad reads lately, and these last two books by this author have been a dark, refreshing wind. The main character, Charlie Parker, continues to develop and grow. By beginning with the horror introduced in the first book, the author is able to create psychological parallels and foundations that build both plot platforms interpersonally and through the horrific events that seem to gravitate toward the protagonis ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, 2019
WOW!! I have to give this 5 STARS!
Thanks Terry and Latasha for a great buddy read and continuing on with this series. I'm so excited to read the next book in this series!

Dark Hollow is the 2nd book in the Charlie Parker series and it's much better then the first.
Maybe I have an emotional connection to Charlie, Louis and Angel now? That could be one point but I think it's more then that.

Dark Hollow takes all the great things from the 1st book, Every Dead Thing and gives it a purpose and direction
Paul Nelson
Feb 21, 2012 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
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
Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
I don't read many thrillers. In fact, my entire repertoire of thrillers before this book consisted of Silence of the Lambs and the first Charlie Parker. I only read a thriller when the mood strikes me Or when my uncle steals my e-reader, gets me a copy and hits me over the head with the e-reader)

He really is that weird.

In "Dark Hollow", two seemingly unrelated events that happen in one night pave the road for serial killers, suicides and sickening murders. Ex-detective Charlie Parker takes on a
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it

To describe a book entitled Dark Hollow by decidedly dark fiction writer John Connolly and starring the most definitely dark protagonist Charlie “Bird” Parker seems a bit redundant, but that’s the feeling left after having read Dark Hollow … that it is dark.

Parker is dark because he is still haunted by the brutal slayings of his wife and child, as described in the equally dark first novel in the series, Connolly’s dark 1999 novel Every Dead Thing – which does not contain the word dark, but
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
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was an old evil, and old evil has a way of permeating bloodlines and tainting those who played no part in its genesis: the young, the innocent, the vulnerable, the defenseless. It turns life to death and glass to mirrors, creating an image of itself in everything that it touches.

The great Charlie Parker re-read continues with Dark Hollow, and boy but this one was determined to live up to the name. If these earlier books didn't hold such great nostalgia value for me, I'd be sorely tempted to
Edward Lorn
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars rounded down because, while I had loads of fun, this isn't Every Dead Thing so it was in trouble from the jump.

This book suffers from Secondbookitis. If you're unfamiliar, Secondbookitis is when a sequel doesn't live up to the book that came before it, whether that be an author's unrelated sophomore effort, or like in this case, with a continuation of a series.

(E. from the future here: the third book in the series is better than books one and
Deb Jones
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Superb writing in this character-driven psychological thriller series. Charlie Parker is a man of intense loyalty and passion. In "Dark Hollow," Parker is still processing his grief over the loss of his wife and daughter nearly one year before and trying to make some semblance of a life for himself in the aftermath.

One strange death occurs almost simultaneously with a mass killing with marks of the mob clearly associated with it, neither of which have anything to do with Parker or anyone he know
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great follow up to Every Dead Thing. These books are dark and complex but are so good it's hard to put them down.
Jan 14, 2014 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
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loving this series.
Scott Rhee
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 shoul
A slight adding to my original review from 2012 when I was just discovering the writings of John Connolly and his Charlie Parker series. Having read the whole series by now (with high expectations of the next installments) this rereading which is only interesting in a series of books you are are really invested in them.

The 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 due to the amount of nearly tw
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great second book to this series. And a great mystery all the way to the end. I love being surprised by a good twist ending, and this one pulled that off for me. I’m impressed with this author’s smooth writing style and ability to be just descriptive enough to give you that feeling you’re there. Also, such great characters! I feel like I know these guys and can feel their feelings. I’m hopeful this series continues to impress. 5.0/5.0 thrilling stars!
Paul  Perry
The second of Connolly's Charlie Parker books is another superbly written examination of darkness, violence and possible redemption. the hints of a supernatural dimension continue - but the visions of the dead a surely just Bird's overwrought imagination. Aren't they?
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
Jan 21, 2014 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 21, 2012 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.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. Not too much to say. Connolly breathes life into a detective story with the strong supernatural elements. I loved Charlie Parker and his quest for not only redemption, but to help the dead find peace.

“Dark Hollow” follows Charlie after the events of the first book. He found out who murdered his wife and daughter and is now in an in between state. Living in his grandfather’s home in Maine Charlie is trying to come to some sort of peace. However Charlie takes on a client looking to get some m
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
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
This is a fast-paced thriller with an over abundance of assailants, a lot of dead bodies, a fair amount of gore and slight supernatural elements. I skimmed over a lot of the ex-girlfriend details. Be warned that children and pets are among the victims. This is the second book in the series and I've read some of the more recent books. It's probably best to read the series in order from the beginning, but that's not what I did. However, it seems that the tone and level of action and violence remai ...more
Adam Light
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The second part in the Charlie Parker series. Better than the first one, in my opinion.
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
2nd reading - The saga of private investigator Charlie Parker continues, with Parker helping an old friend out. Her ex is behind on child support, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. Enter mob bad guys from the Northeast, a serial killer who's been operating for decades, and Charlie's romantic interest, Rachel. Throw in a couple of my favorites, Angel and Louis, and stir in some supernatural lite, and hold on.

1st reading - Great story, some neat twists and turns.
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
And so on to another book I have long procrastinated over reading for no apparent reason. And yes I am berating myself for doing so as this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Now I know that the whole idea of an author maturing and improving with age (or the number of books he has written in a series) sometimes feels like an over used cliche this is very much the case in the Charlie Parker series.

Which I suspect is totally wrong considering the number of books that are now in the series and this i
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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

Other books in the series

Charlie Parker (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1)
  • The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker, #3)
  • The White Road (Charlie Parker, #4)
  • The Black Angel (Charlie Parker, #5)
  • The Unquiet (Charlie Parker, #6)
  • The Reapers (Charlie Parker, #7)
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  • The Whisperers (Charlie Parker, #9)
  • The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker, #10)
  • The Wrath of Angels (Charlie Parker, #11)

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