The Woman in the Woods: A Charlie Parker Thriller
The new thrilling instalment of John Connolly's popular Charlie Parker series.
Charlie Parker aids the police when a buried, semi-mummified body of a woman is discovered. She apparently died of childbirth. Parker has to find out who she was and what happened to the child.
The Woman in the Woods is a dark, complex, mystery/thriller about a female corpse that’s literally unearthed in the Maine woods.
The plot is almost too complicated to describe, so I am only going to include basic details: Charlie Parker is hired to investigate the corpse of the woman of the woods. His investigation puts him in contact with some unique, dangerous individuals. Characters from previous books make appearances, including Moxie, Jennifer, Sam, and my favorite cha ...more
That is the sound of John Connolly hitting it out of the ball park yet again! I honestly think these books are getting better and better! This is the sixteenth book in the series and it feels as if Connolly is only getting warmed up! I was first introduced to this series when I received book twelve, The Wolf in Winter, through a goodreads give away!!! I was hooked!!!! I have gone back and read some previous books but have been on top of the books that have followed The Wolf in Winter. ...more
Does size matter? John Connolly’s new Parker book “The Woman in the Woods” checks in at almost five hundred pages. It’s amazing to realize that these Parker books have been gracing our bookshelves for twenty years now. Dating from the first book in 1999 “Every Dead Thing” the career an ...more
This really is a series to read OCD style from book one. Each book, including this one, feeds on earlier characters and story lines and to properly appreciate many of the characters you have to have watched them grow. Charlie in particular has developed into a force to be reckoned with and he has help now beh ...more
But it's not just him, is it? It's Louis and Angel, a pair of gay henchmen, (but I mean "henchmen" in the best way), whose story has to be counted among the greatest love stories of all time, at least in my humble opinion. Their relationship is complicated and wonderful all at once, as is my love for them both.
It's Charlie's daughter ...more
Ok that’s quite enough of that – this may be a long running series but it is just as exciting, just as riveting, I’m not even sure what I’m saying – I mean more of course not just as – it gets better and better and changes the game every time.
No different with The Woman in the Woods which had the after effect just a little while ago of me rummaging through the toy box to throw far far away anything tha ...more
Charlie Parker is asked to investigate by the Jewish lawyer, Moxie Castin. He is intrigued because whoever buried the woman c ...more
The discovery of the body moves lawyer Moxie Castin to an act of decency...hiring Charlie Parker to discover who this woman was, and to find her child.
Not the simplest of assignments, but Charlie could use something to occupy his mind, as Angel lies fightin ...more
I couldn’t put this one down.
I love this series and this one was fuckin’ awesome from cover to cover. Can’t wait for the next in the series.
If you aren’t reading John Connolly, then you are missing out big time.
The remains of a woman are discovered partially buried in the forest. Evidence suggests that she had given birth shortly before her death ...more
John Connolly has written & created an interesting series starring PI Charlie Parker whose daughters look after him, not unlike his friends Louis & Angel a ...more
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Enjoyed this with some Irish pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and it was all the topping and filing I needed!
John's writing is short sharp and you can imagine he flicks his pen off to the side when he writes some of these sentences - such is the effect they have on the reader like me. I gasped, cheered and high fived ( as the grave of the women is revealed in very short chapters) before settling in again for the next chapter.
Some darn fine plot and twists here. Fr ...more
My first read by this writer and perhaps not the best place to start in this series? I'm not a fan of the supernatural but he's such a good writer he rather pulls it off some of the time. But what the heck was going on with the search for the Buried God, the Atlas, and preparations for the coming of the Not-Gods? Huh? Did I miss something in earlier installments? Do I even care to find out? Definitely had love/hate reactions with this one but would love some input from JC fans.
In this episode, the title reflects a reality; a woman is found in the Maine woods in a shallow grave. She is just on ...more
The Woman in the Woods is the 16th entry in John Con ...more
Charlie has been hired to find a lost child, and what follows is a good old fashioned gumshoe investigation ...more
Charlie Parker is back, and he throws down with the Devil himself in The Woman in the Woods, the 16th book in John Connolly’s New York Times bestselling series.
Deep in the Maine woods, heavy rain leads to a disturbing revelation. The corpse of a young woman, her body perfectly preserved in a secret grave, is suddenly unearthed, raising a number of questions. Chief among them, what happened to her baby? Forensic analysts have determined that th ...more
This is number sixteen in the popular Charlie Parker series, which began as detective fiction with mystic overtones reminiscent of James Lee Burke, and in the last volume moved into the horror genre outright. Either way it’s a compelling series. One of my favorite aspects of this serie ...more
I have a sense, finally, that the ending is coming for Charlie Parker. And while that is a tragedy it also fills me with a sense of grave joy. Because if ever a man has deserved a long rest it is Parker.
John Connolly picks up the narrative ...more
The inimitable private detective Charlie Parker never disappoints, nor does his creator, John Connolly. Every adventure of Parker's is riveting, raising further the veil hiding the Other Side. In this novel, Charlie Parker becomes if possible more philosophical, more metaphysical, even more attuned to the supernatural, preternatural, the otherworldly. His deep and abiding capacity for self-analysis put me in mind of St. Teresa o ...more
I’d seen some stellar reviews for this book back when it was released in hardback last year. I have to admit that I’ve not read any of the previous books in the series but due to those reviews, the book was on my radar. When I saw that the paperback had just been released and I read the deliciously dark blurb I decided that I had to give it a go.👍📚
There’s a brief recap of key events ...more
This is a dark, often horrific, series which must be read in order. Begin here: Every Dead Thing. Some of the novels have extreme graphic violence; others are exactly what readers expect from mystery ...more
They are crime thrillers, mysteries, and yet they have a supernatural flavor. In the earliest books it's only 'just' there, like around the corner, or in his pocket, or the back seat of his car. But as the books progress it deepens, thickens, and eventually surrounds and smothers you. There is this entire Lovecraftian-world and Mr. Connolly's MC - PI Charlie Parker - is immersed totally and wholly into it. (And maybe he's a part of it, too?)
This o ...more
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