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A Time of Torment

(Charlie Parker #14)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,358 ratings  ·  654 reviews
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.

But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity t
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Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published 2016)
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Socal444 Since anybody reading any one of the Charlie Parker books will want to read the others, it makes sense to start at Book No. 1, Every Dead Thing. (1) T…moreSince anybody reading any one of the Charlie Parker books will want to read the others, it makes sense to start at Book No. 1, Every Dead Thing. (1) To me, it is important to know how Parker wound up like he is and what his motivations are. (2) There are a number of personal relationships that develop over the entire 14 book series. For example, a close friend, Louis, is a stone killer. Yet he not only respects Charlie, but he fears him as well. His friends, and certain enemies, realize that he is special and must be treated with special care. You cannot know this by simply picking up book No. 14. (3) The reader develops a personal relationship with Charlie that enriches the reading experience. I began to experience a kinship with Parker around the fourth novel, and it has grown stronger with each book released. Certainly, one can read No. 14 , and enjoy it. However, do yourself a favor and start with No. 1. You will wind up reading them all anyway!(less)
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Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK reading friends … Why has no one told me about John Connolly’s freaking AMAZING Charlie Parker series of paranormally extraordinary crime fiction????

Reading the 15th in the series, 2016’s Time of Torment, my only thought was – where can I find the earlier books? Where are my car keys? What’s my Amazon password? I want to read them all!!!

Cool as the other side of the pillow and fun as a barrel full of monkeys, Connolly’s prose is thick with hidden meaning and ripe as a red apple presented to a
Liz Barnsley
We are at Charlie Parker 14 now and honestly this series just gets better and better, each novel adding layers to the last, the mythology that John Connolly began creating way back in “Every Dead Thing” is brilliantly imagined, incredibly dark and insanely addictive. When I go into a new instalment my expectation is always high and this author meets and exceeds it every time, A Time of Torment was no different in that respect.

This had a slightly different vibe to it, shaking things up a bit, A T
Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

You might want to steer clear of the Cut. It's a cloistered area and the folks inside don't cotton to those who stray inside its borders. Burning bodies, the art of discernment, an individual with two sets of sets of dentures - one for smiling and the other for something else. Beware the Dead King. His raspy whispers and mindless chittering are a harbinger of bad things to come.

The denouement is done to a tasty turn. Not too rushed, not too
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
4.5 stars

A Time of Torment is the first John Connolly/Charlie Parker book that I have read, and I must say that I was completely taken in. This is a multi-layered, well-written thriller with complex characters.

When accused sex offender Jerome Burnel is released from prison, he contacts private investigator, Charlie Parker. Burnel maintained that he was innocent and felt like he was being framed. He shares his story with Parker because he believes that he doesn’t have long to live. Shortly after
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: series fans
Here’s the thing: I’ve been reading Bad Blood and I was in the mood for some retribution, so I switched to Connolly’s Charlie Parker series. Being more than a bit skittish with torture-porn, the title stirred some misgivings, but I can’t skip a book this late in the game. To absolutely no one’s surprise, much of the book seems to center on torture. While that’s not unusual for Connolly, what is unusual is the extent of it as a leitmotif in many variations. This, apparently, allows Parker to beco ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
A Time of Torment is one book that I have been deliberately delayed writing a review for. Not that the book was in any way bad, it's an utterly fantastic book. And, that's the problem. I just didn't know what to write. All I wanted was to tell you all that John Connolly has done it again. He has written a book that is so excruciating good that it's almost painful to finish it.

For those of you that have never read a Charlie Parker is it good to know that this is book 14 in the series and I would
With a decidedly darker bent than the previous books in this series, Charlie Parker rolls on.

Beginning with the story of Jerome Burnel and ending with the story of an isolated area of West Virginia called the Cut, John Connolly deftly weaves this story of the Dead King. Despite the fact that Angel and Louis are again here, A Time of Torment lacks the often humorous slant those two bring. This is a very dark book, indeed.

Even though this story took its time, I never found myself bored. In fact,
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's stunning to think how many years i've spent with Charlie Parker, more than most other literary creations, and he's certainly much closer to my heart than any other detective. Every Dead Thing was one of the first crime novels I ever read and still sits in my top 5. I recommend it without reservation to anyone who can take the very dark themes it explores.

In this instalment we see Parker transformed, his very essence revitalised and ever so dangerous. For once it feels like the effect he ha

3.5 stars

In this 14th book in the 'Charlie Parker' series, the private investigator is hired by an ex-convict who has dangerous enemies. The book can be read as a standalone.


Roger Ormsby is an evil man who delights in making people 'disappear' so their families will endure maximum long-term suffering.

Ormsby is about to do away with a little girl he snatched when Private Detective Charlie Parker.....

.....and his partners Angel and Louis, show up to save the day.

As it happens ANY bad guys
Well, this was a lot more fun than I had expected! A Time of Torment is the 14th Charlie Parker thriller, but the first one that I have read, and I have to admit I wouldn't have picked this up if it hadn't been for the publisher inviting me to read a free copy. My main reason for that: Charlie is a private detective who died and was sort of reborn, and there are plenty of otherworldly elements to this story, which is something I wouldn't usually be desperate to read. But I've actually enjoyed th ...more
Jon Recluse
Let me begin by stating that I do not rate John Connolly against other thriller authors. It's simply not done. I rate John Connolly against John Connolly. His work stands alone in the field, and even a good John Connolly book is head and shoulders above anything else currently being written in the genre.

That being said, A Time of Torment is, in my humble opinion, the weakest in the Charlie Parker series. A man who stopped a pair of bizarre killers, only to have his life systematically taken apar
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, 5 stars it is - but only because I can't find a way to give it 6. Or, put another way, Charlie Parker rocks!

Actually, Parker started kicking otherworldly butt something like 13 books ago. I'm almost embarrassed to say I'd read only two others (Nos. 1 and 11), but based on how good those two were, when the publisher offered me the opportunity to read this one in exchange for an honest review, I wasted no time saying yes. And my honest opinion now that I've finished it? Wow.

To love these boo
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an Advanced Uncorrected Proof, On sale date August 2, 2016.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine my surprise when NetGalley approved me for John Connolly’s new Charlie Parker book,
A Time of Torment. I hadn’t requested it. It wasn’t even on my radar, honestly, because I had never, ever read a single book by Mr. Connolly. That changed in a hurry because I am not one to look a gift horse in the mouth. I read the series debut, Every Dead Thing, and while it had its moments, I was not smitten with it. Still, I had heard that the books get better and better as the series progresses, so I
Again, I have to qualify that a three for the Charlie Parker series is as compared to that series - a series so unique and compelling in it's writing that I genuinely can't fairly compare it to other books. But as much as I like the writing, the overall tone in this book didn't reach the same balance as the books that came before it, where atrocities are balanced with acts of great heroism and hope.

carol nails it in her review, as far as what I found, especially in the analysis of the first part
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eh, elusive, thriller, noir
I'm getting tired of writing the same review for John Connolly over and over and over again. I remain devoted to his wonderful dark poetic prose and his equally wonderful, wounded warrior Charlie Parker and his companions Angel and Louis but dear god am I getting tired of these stories.

I don't know when exactly these books stopped being about Charlie, possibly the coolest "bad" good guy ever written. Once upon a time you could follow Charlie into the darkest pit of human depravity and watch from
After reading Night Music: Nocturnes Volume Two, I became a strong John Connolly fan. I've also heard about the Charlie Parker series in the past but never managed to get to it. Well NetGalley has corrected that reading deficit! And deficit it has been for Charlie Parker definitely took me to another region of reading where mystery and the paranormal intersect. I recently finished a Pendergast novel in a series that sometimes walks in the same area, but Connolly treads much deeper here.

What a mi
Sep 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of scary crime and a wee supernateral adventures
"There's a kind of evil that isn't even in opposition to good, because good is an irrelevance to it. It's a foulness that is right at the heart of existence, born with the stuff of the Universe. It's in decay to which all things tend. It is, and it always will be, but in dying we leave it behind"

The 14th Charlie Parker and this one does show that there are plenty more good stories to be told. Connolly writes so fluent and casual that it is difficult to stop reading because daily life calls. This
A Time of Torment by John Connolly is a 2016 Atria publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It seems like it’s been a long while since I last touched base with Charlie Parker. The thirteenth book in the series ended on a rather chilling note, and I was hoping we could explore Charlie’s dynamic with his daughter after her big reveal. But, alas, the fourteenth book opens with a puzzling scenario in which a man who became a he
Bam cooks the books ;-)
I was given the opportunity to read this latest installment in the Charlie Parker series by the publisher, author and NetGalley and many thanks to them!

This series is a blend of top-notch detective thriller with supernatural horror. Although I've only read one other in the series, The Wolf in Winter, my understanding is that Charlie has died and come back to life to do battle with evil on earth with his friends and partners, Louis and Angel.

Part One was a little difficult for me as a relative ne
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Connolly is rapidly becoming my most favourite author and the Charlie Parker books form one of the best series I have ever read. I don't think I read A Time of Torment - I absorbed it and in just two sittings (I could have done it in one but sadly I had to go to work). What a book! Charlie's character has changed a lot after his death experience in the last book and now he is more than he was in many ways. Angel and Louis, who are also great favourites of mine, play a huge part in this stor ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first John Connolly book. Why it took me so long, I have no idea. I wish though that I could have read it all in one or two sittings as I did confused with the characters, a lot. And there were a lot of characters. However, that's my fault and by no means the author.

I loved this book. There were so many plot twists and bad guys. And these bad guys were ruthless. Too bad they were also stupid. There were also lots of surprises and a little creepiness involved which I will not be goin
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charlie. Fucking. Parker.

The mere thought of Parker, Angel & Louis and the violence that follows them around (and that they seek out) makes me smile.

There is some deeeeep sh*t going on in this series right beneath the surface and it's starting to bubble up thru the pages. I have a feeling it’s going to engulf everything and everybody in its path. And soon.

Can’t wait for the next Parker book. Best series around.
Michael Hicks
There are a few authors whose novels are my own personal equivalent to comfort food. Stephen King is one; John Connolly is another. Every time I sit down with one of their stories, I know I’m in good hands, and their words bring a certain warmth to my soul. Connolly’s Charlie Parker series, in particular, is like a big bowl of beef stew or mac & cheese eaten beside the fireplace and in the company of good friends. Over the course of fourteen novels, I consider Parker, Angel, and Louis very good ...more
Charlie Parker is approached by Jerome Burnel. Burnel was at one time considered a hero, foiling a botched gas station robbery. Tragically, all was forgotten when a short time later, Jerome was brought up on child pornography charges. Jerome claims he’s innocent and although he’s served his time, some may not feel his punishment was adequate. Burnell hires Parker to clear his name and look into his prison tormentor, Harpur Griffin, also recently released from jail.

The events in the twelfth book
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Received form the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Charlie Parker is approached by a recently released convict, Jerome Burnel, who wishes to tell Parker his story. A sad, twisted story of a broken and tormented man. A man framed for a crime he did not commit and suffered brutality at the hands of his tormentors. Then Burnel disappears. This, in addition to Burnel's story, peaks Parker's interest.

Soon Parker along with his fellow investigators/friends, Louis and Angel begi
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans
Recommended to Thomas by: NetGalley
Shelves: netgalley, fantasy
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this ebook in return for an honest review. It is book 14 in the Charlie Parker series. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read the previous books in the series, as there are references to incidents in the the previous books, such as Charlie dying and coming back to life. Charlie is able to summon help from the afterlife as a result of his brief stay in the afterlife. Charlie is a determined private investigator, taking cases w/o pay. He is ...more
Karen R
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading my first Charlie Parker novel by John Connelly. This is #14 in the series. Gosh, have I got a lot of catching up to do. The book works well as a standalone and it made me eager to go back to the beginning when character relationships and dynamics begin to evolve. It can’t be easy keeping things fresh by book #14 but his fans continue to give these books high marks so I am now committed! My husband and I have a hard time finding books to listen to together on our long road t ...more
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
One of my rules for reviewing is, "Never review the later book of a series I have not read.". It is also one of my most broken rules. Take the Charlie Parker detective/thriller series by John Connolly. I have been wanting to read them for a while. Asides from the main character being named after my favorite jazz musician, it seemed like a fascinating and complex thriller with a touch of the supernatural. Exactly the type of detective series I tend to love. Yet it was not until recently I decided ...more
aPriL does feral sometimes
'A Time of Torment', #14 in the Charlie Parker series, is in some ways, the detective's coming out party. John Connolly, the author, has been teasing readers, and Charlie Parker, off and on in this detective series with vague hints of paranormal interferences and more overt episodes of evil gods and angelic attacks against the innocent who are victims and the willing who embrace being possessed.

Parker has been resisting messages which could only be from spirits. He also has been turning away fr
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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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