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The White Road

(Charlie Parker #4)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  8,206 ratings  ·  391 reviews
John Connolly thrilled readers with his bestselling novels, "Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow," and "The Killing Kind." Now he delivers spellbinding suspense as Charlie Parker races to unravel a brutal crime committed in the Deep South. After years of suffering unfathomable pain and guilt over the murders of his wife and daughter, private detective Charlie Parker has finally ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published March 2004 by Pocket Books (first published February 17th 2003)
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
“They are coming to see the burning man.”

The White Road
explores the deep-seated history of racism in the South, with an emphasis on the secretive and horrific tradition of lynching.

Still reeling from the events of The Killing Kind, Charlie Parker receives a call for help from a friend in South Carolina. Leaving his pregnant partner behind, Parker enters into a devious world in South Carolina filled with Klansmen, murder, and a dark and unforgivable past that has made its way into the present
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
"To invite me into their lives was to admit failure and allow death its provenance, for I was the one who arrived when all hope was gone, offering nothing but the possibility of a resolution that would bring with it more grief and pain and a knowledge that perhaps would make ignorance appear like a blessing. The only consolation in all that would occur was that some small measure of justice might begin to accrue from my involvement, that lives might continue with some small degree of certainty r ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar

“You lead a charmed life, Parker, you know that?”

This is the fourth Charlie Parker book. At this stage the series isn’t showing any sign of running out of momentum or atmosphere.

Yes, the Charlie Parker novels are violent and macabre, but they’re also singularly lyrical. Connolly has a remarkable writing style.

In his eyes I could see the night shapes reflected so clearly that it was as if they were a part of him, the elements of a darker world that had somehow entered and colonized his soul.

Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, buddy-read
I was planning on going with 4 stars with The White Road but that ending brought this all the way to 4.5 stars for me!

This book was a slow burn and then went out with a bang! 💥💥
There were lots of characters in this one and the plot was getting more complicated as it went but John Connolly does what he does best, and brings it all together in a satisfying conclusion.

The White Road starts off with Charlie Parker getting a phone call from an old friend, Elliot Norton.
Norton is defending a young bla
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a lot longer than usual to write this review, which is odd for me. Mostly because, despite this book being more than 10 years old, the sad fact was that some of the old South conflicts are just as fresh (and disturbing) as what’s been playing on CNN nightly.

Yes, this is a dark thriller. Yes, it is always colored with the supernatural, but unfortunately, psycho criminals aside— the real ugly characters turn out to look just like you and I. That may be the real terror for our anti-hero
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book got a fist pump from me at one point - I love getting caught up in a story like this! Charlie Parker continues to be a great character, one I enjoy to get behind and pull for. I would say 4.5/5.0 stars for me. Another dark and thrilling addition to a great series, one I’m grateful to have so many books in to look forward to!
That honeycomb world John Connolly introduced us to in The Killing Kind is back - and the one thing you can rely on when the past decides to pay a visit to the present is that ghosts might be sad, or lonely, or forgotten; but they're also angry.

This book links closely to the last, though (as it should be) you can read each book as a standalone. There's enough here to clue you in to the last without spoilers, but this series is starting to build its own honeycomb foundation, and there's major eve
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Loved it! This book really sets the stage for me for this series. At this point the supernatural parts become much louder in my head. The link back to other cases here’s great too. We have a changed Angel (I can see why) and Charlie realizing that sometimes certain people just don’t deserve to live. I was at the seat of my pants during the ending, but it surprised me and makes me wonder what is next for Charlie and Rachel.

“The White Road” has Charlie being asked by an old friend to help him wit
I have to start this off with a word of caution. To truly enjoy this absolutely amazing series, you have to start at the beginning. Starting anywhere other than Book 1---All The Dead Things and reading each book in order---should be punishable by public flogging. Would you recommend watching the Star Wars Trilogy in reverse order? Didn’t think so. This series is thought out in the big picture and each book builds on and relates back to the ones that precede it. It would be a crime to read them o ...more
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
THE WHITE ROAD is book #4 in John Connolly's "Charlie Parker" series. Personally, I feel that you get the most out of these books by reading them in order, as each builds off of the one's before it in terms of character growth/development, and understanding about the nature of Charlie's unique gifts. That being said, THE WHITE ROAD is the first one that I think *should* be read AFTER its predecessor, THE KILLING KIND; this is simply because some of the characters/situations introduced continue r ...more
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2nd reading - Our investigator Parker is asked by an old friend, S.C. lawyer Elliot, to investigate his client, a black man accused of killing his white girlfriend. The girl's family has money, and would like nothing better than bypass the justice system and deal justice themselves. That begins the unfolding of decades of racism and the lies told to cover it up.

Connolly does his usual awesome job researching the history and geography of his novels, giving us white supremacists and the ancestors
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
I gotta say, I love these books. They are formulaic, follow the same basic plotline every time, and somehow elevate the main characters to almost omniscient status; I mean, how many times can Charlie be about to bite it and Louis comes out of the shadows & blows someone's head off? But they're still so great, either in spite of or because of it! The creepiest, worst characters get awesome comeuppances (I particularly love that in this one, (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This series has become so reliably excellent, I don't know if I should even bother praising the writing or the suspense or the character development, all of which were in fact excellent. I would say that out of all Charlie Parker books so far this one is the least easily read as a stand alone, since it follows the same antagonist as Killing Kind. One of my favorite things about this book was the fact that we finally get a background on Angel and Louis, my favorite homicidal couple. More supernat ...more
Ms. Nikki
John Connolly does bad guys so good.

In the fourth book we get a better glimpse into Charlie's roll as he deals with the paranormal aspect of his visions and ghosts. This book picks up right where book 3 left off so I'd not wait too long in between or you'll most likely forget certain details.

I don't know what Charlie would do without his companions as Louis seems to always be at the right place at the right time. Although his partner was missing, dealing with issues of his own, Louis can defini
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am loving this series. In this book Connolly expands on the characterisation of Charlie Parker, Angel, Louis and Rachel and we begin to understand them better. Rachel in fact has an amazing moment at the end of the book which shows she is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. I had to check quickly that there are still many more in the series for me to read. There are so I can sleep easy tonight!
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The White Road' is actually a sequel to the previous book in the Charlie Parker series, 'The Killing Kind'. These two are books 3 and 4 in the series, and they should be read in sequence, but the earlier books are also referenced in the story quite frequently as well. Given these circumstances, gentle reader, before reading 'The White Road', I must insist the the previous books be read, in order, before this one, beginning with Every Dead Thing. Ignoring my advice may cause a severe lack of enj ...more
Jessica Westwood
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another 4.5 stars for Connolly!

I'm finding myself getting right tucked into these Parker series. They are full of a twisted darkness that creeps into your bones and shudders down your spine! Another great plot revealing shocking twists that Connolly sets so perfectly.

A thrill of a thriller.

'The darkness around me was less an absence of light than a felt presence: shadows with substance.'

Possibly my favourite of the series so far.
John Connolly continues his excellent mystery series. Literary but violent. Serious with some nice smart assery.

Charlie Parker is asked to help save an accused murderer from himself. Ties in with the rest in the series. I would recommend you definitely read this series in order or you will ruin some of the other books.

The audio narrator was truly brilliant in bringing the story to life!
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one took me a while to read, though I did enjoy it. When Connolly wants to write 'creepy detective/thriller/mystery' he's about the best I know.

In this one former police officer, now PI, Charlie Parker, living in Maine with his pregnant girlfriend, gets a call from a friend in Charleston, S. Carolina. Said friend is a lawyer, determined to protect a young black man who's been accused of killing his (white, wealthy) girlfriend. With some reluctance Charlie goes south...

Now, I'd just finishe
Not sure if it is due to the great flu pandemic that caught me but this one didn't seem as strong as the previous. i read half the book, got sick, was out of commission for about a week then finished it. I blame the lower rating on that right there. The writing is brilliant as always. The imagery, haunting. I did get some of the characters confused or forgot about them. however, that isn't going to stop me from reading the next one! i really like this series so far.
Scott Brook
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I ended up breezing through this book because I could not put it down. This series is starting to become one of my favorites with the combination of thriller along with supernatural elements. Not so much supernatural that it would turn off the hardcore thriller enthusiasts.

This book continues the story of Charlie "Bird" Parker from the ending of The Killing Kind. Tying into the story of the "Preacher", an investigation into a South Carolina murder in which Parker investigates the murder of a whi
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-2015
Fantastic!! I am absolutely mesmerised by John Connolly's writing style. Despite the subjects he writes about his writing is beautiful. He is definitely my current favourite thriller author and I would say I'll be hard pushed to find another series as spellbinding.

The White Road is a follow on from The Killing Kind. I personally need to read book series' in order anyway, but if you don't I would recommend these two be read in order. Looking forward starting the next one tonight!
Charlie Parker
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Little over half way in and I can say that I really do enjoy this series.
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That was a good one, everything that I was hoping for in a Charlie Parker book. Atmosphere, suspense, and a considerable body count!
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series just keeps getting better and better.
In the white road we learn more about Louis and angels back story and without doubt this is the best yet.
Nov 13, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, mystery
One of the things I'm discovering about John Connolly's Charlie Parker private detective series is that his cases aren't confined to one book. The White Road is a follow-up to The Killing Kind and it deals with the aftermath of Reverend Faulkner's bloodbath. We're also reminded that The Traveling Man, the man who killed Parker's wife and daughter, is somehow connected to Faulkner. It definitely feels like something is slowly building up.

Although I didn't enjoy the mystery in this book as much as
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the forth installment, Connelley has to do a lot of backtracking to get the reader up-to-date on the story. Past histories, villains and how they relate bogged down the first part of the book. For the first time I was mixing up characters and story line. Still, Connelley's lyrical writing shines through. ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed

3.5 Stars for Narration by Paul Birchard (I couldn't get used to the NYC accent for Parker. Otherwise, he was great.)
4 Stars for Story

One of the elements I really enjoy about Connolly's writing is the way he seems to get the essence of the area he uses in the story. I don't feel like he was quite on the mark with Charleston, SC but there were a few parts that really did feel like the Low Country area. The casual remark about Hurricane Hugo and a small exchange Parker had with a local
This time NO spooky style story in Maine but Parker feels obliged to fly down south in order to help out a "friend" who is defending a coloured murder suspect of a white girl whose family is rather influencial. All cliches get their moment in the light and yet mr. Connelly manages to wordsmith a rather decent tale of woe and mystery to a satisfying conclusion. This tale is a somewhat sequel to "the killing kind", and while it is nice to have read that one first it is not really a problem if you ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
The finest Charlie Parker experience yet. Granted, it took a little bit for the story to develop and pick up but when it did, Connolly did NOT let up. Fantastic storytelling from start to finish.
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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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