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A Book of Bones

(Charlie Parker #17)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,769 ratings  ·  494 reviews
The new thrilling installment of John Connolly's popular Charlie Parker series.

He is our best hope.

He is our last hope.

On lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.

Each is a sacrifice,
Hardcover, 720 pages
Published April 18th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Kathy Downes Yes, go to - search Charlie Parker - there is a guide to the characters and major plot points. You do have to have a background …moreYes, go to - search Charlie Parker - there is a guide to the characters and major plot points. You do have to have a background of sorts to understand certain elements of his universe.(less)
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Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)
3.5 stars

I finally finished this BEAST! It was a creepy, weird, long-winded, complex, and fragmented reading experience.

“The past was alive in the present, and the seeds of the present were lodged in the past.”

I am not even going to attempt to describe The Book of Bones. There are multiple plot lines, timelines, genres, and characters, all deeply connected to religious history. Events from the previous book result in Parker, with Louis and Angel in tow, traveling to London to stop Quayle from
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
"This is what you must understand: the ground is polluted, befouled. We walk on blighted soil. It holds within it the record of blood spilled, of villages and towns that thrived once but exist no longer, of all who have lived and all who have died in those places. The Earth remembers"

You know that feeling when you anxiously wait for a book to come out. That anticipation, that excitement. I had that when I picked this up from the library. I have not read all the books in this series but once I go
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-e-book
I guess I've been reading this series for around 20 years or so now. It never gets any easier.
I checked out my review for his last book, and came up empty. That means I left no review. Then I started reading this one, and remembered why I couldn't review his last book. It was harsh. Man, I've read flat outright horror, but nothing came close to Mors. I was absolutely appalled. Those deaths were the most harsh and despicable things I've ever read. I've read Barker, Ed Lee, Keene and Lumley. But,
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“A Book of Bones” Written by John Connolly is book seventeen about the exploits of Charlie Parker, a ‘righter’ of wrongs, fighting for the better side of good and always battling against evil often with his protectors Angel and Louis.

This time out, Charlie is on the trail of the seemingly immortal lawyer Quayle and his deadly enforcer, good with a knife, ghastly Pallida Mors who smells of death and decay.

The story picks up shortly after the previous novel last year’s “The Woman in the Woods”.
Liz Barnsley
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A difficult book to review this, even if I hadn’t said pretty much every good word available in previous reviews of the series- because there is a kind of end game for a particular story arc here that I need to be careful not to spoil- whilst also getting across how utterly brilliant A Book Of Bones is. Because it is. Utterly brilliant.

A warning though. If you are not up to date, or indeed have not even started the Parker series, this is definitely not an entry level story. There are various boo
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite authors writing about one of my favourite book characters! What could possibly go wrong? Answer - nothing of course. The seventeenth book in the series is every bit as good as it could be.

Unusually this book takes place mostly in England and includes a lot of interesting historical fact as background for the story. A police investigation also runs parallel to the main story giving the reader more of an insight into what is happening. This sadly takes a tragic turn with an une
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: public-library
The panels of stained glass in an ancient church provide a murderous mosaic for this tale of old gods and old blood.  A face hidden in the foliage of an ivied wall, dead limbs, and creeping roots that snake their way through an ancient land, feeding on a remembered evil.  Shudder at the contents of a 900 year old yew tree, and shrink from the ones whose esoteric tastes and proclivities make themselves known.  I will never look at stained glass the same way again.   

In my opinion, this installmen
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Even though this offering is just as well written as the rest, atmospheric and macabre, the paucity of time spent with Parker et al means that it just doesn't hit the spot. They're still essential to the plot but are largely absent from it, giving the book the feel of one of those tv crossover episodes in which new detectives about to get their own series are given authority by their interaction with old favourites. Without the focus on the characters we know and love, most of the heart, humour, ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it

In this 17th book in the 'Charlie Parker' series, the intrepid private investigator is chasing a long-time enemy, and trying to prevent Armageddon. The book can be read as a standalone but does refer back to earlier books in the series.


Private investigator Charlie Parker suffered an almost insurmountable blow when his wife and young daughter were murdered years ago. Since then Parker has dealt with the perpetrator and gone on to fight evil in many forms, using his own supernatural abilitie
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
My expectations were much higher than this novel delivers. 2 of 10 stars
(No spoilers.)
"Butter scraped over too much bread".

That's the line that springs to mind when reading this, the latest Charlie Parker book. Having read all the other books in this series, I now feel that it has run its course; ran out of steam quite a while back actually, now that I reflect on it. What you've got here is a book 'going through the motions'. A series which rightly focused heavily on Charlie Parker (and his much loved friends) early on, now does little more than sprinkle their names
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many people who read the first books in the Charlie Parker series wrongly assume that by the seventeenth instalment it would be seriously floundering and quickly running out of steam, but I feel strongly that it just keeps getting better and better. It's a difficult one to review without giving too much away, so I'm going to keep it short. This is an intense story in which violence, the supernatural and dangerous characters collide in spectacular fashion. There's never a dull moment with nonstop ...more
This world, Quayle said, would continue almost exactly as before, except for those who understood where, and how, to look. They would see shadows where no shadows should be, and forms shifting at the periphery of their vision. As for the rest, they would watch the rise of intolerance, and the subjugation of the weak by the powerful. They would witness inequality, despotism, and environmental ruination. They would be told by the ignorant and self-interested that this was in the natural order of t ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still on the trail of the super creepy Mors, as well as the seemingly ageless Quayle, Charlie Parker and John Connolly never seem to give us a break!

Quayle is still trying to put together the Fractured Atlas, and Parker is still trying to prevent it. In this volume, Parker, with his pals Angel and Louis, head off to London along with a book expert to try to figure out where Quayle will strike next. We have creepy churches, stained glass windows, (or what appear to be windows), the Green Man, som
Leslie Ray
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a follow-up to John Connolly's The Woman in the Woods in which the evil, not of this world Quayle is continuing the search for the 'Fractured Atlas' or 'Atlas of Unknown Realms', along with his rotten death in flesh helper, Pallida Mors. This time Quayle knows Parker is on his trail and it unnerves him in a way he hasn't experienced in a very long time. There is a lot of research that went into this book and the history is quite intriguing. However, it was like peeling a very large onion ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, if you’ve never read any Charlie Parker books, I suggest you do. They’re a wonderfully dark mix of crime and supernatural and you’ll likely finding yourself wanting to binge read the entire series.

That being said, they also work wonderfully as standalones and Book of Bones is no exception.

The read is epic. Within a few pages, I was completely lost in this very dark world. The plot is chilling and I found myself worrying for so many of our characters!

Honestly, it was a perfect read for me. I
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite what the title says, John Connolly’s newest Charlie Parker detective novel, A Book of Bones, contains zero bones. Seriously. This baby doesn’t even contain an insignificant little phalange or metatarsal, let alone something cool like a skull. To be honest, it’s a little disappointing. So if you are an intrepid paleontologist seeking Stegosaurus remains, a 5th year med student specializing in orthopedic medicine, or just a particularly friendly German Shepard in search of a little somethi ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a fan of John Connolly for ages, and not only because of the Charlie Parker series. However, this series is addictive, and I, like many other fans, can hardly wait till the next one. And I always have to wait a bit longer because I don't buy hardcovers. So, when Hodder & Stoughton approved my request for a review copy on Netgalley, I was over the moon.
And then I discovered that this story follows the one in The Woman in the Woods... My disappointment on missing out on that title didn'
Following the events of the previous novel, The Woman in the Woods, Detective Charlie Parker alongside his friends Louis and Angel travel to Europe to track down a pair of killers and stop them before they can complete and use a book that could bring about the end of the world as we know it - The Fractured Atlas.

A Book of Bones is meant to be the finale to an arc that began with the twelfth novel in the series, The Wolf in Winter.  In The Wolf in Winter, Parker comes into contact with The Famili
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I finished this one weeks ago, just had a hard time writing this review because...

This book has EVERYTHING in it. It's a mystery; it's horror. It's got ordinary police procedural written all over it, and then there's the supernatural. It's got Charlie Parker, the MC, and his pals, Louis and Angel, and his daughter - the live one and the dead. It's got cities and rough terrain, London and parts all over the US. It brings back some of Charlie's most horrible nemeses and of course, the missing page
Jon Recluse
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a body left in a remote Arizona dump to throw off law enforcement is found too soon, Charlie Parker realizes that Pallida Mors is alive......and it's time to put an end to her, her master Quayle and the book known as the Fractured Atlas.

Aided by the FBI, Charlie follows the pair's trail, from Arizona, to the Netherlands and finally London.
But not alone.
Where Charlie goes, a healing Louis follows, seeking his pound of flesh from the deadly duo. And where Louis walks, Angel, staggering under
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Up front and personal opinion: This is a tough book to read - even for series fans like me. First, it's long (just shy of 700 pages); second, it draws from past books so heavily that, unless you've read and remembered all those that preceded it, you're likely to be at least a little bit lost. Although this one picks up on loose ends from 2018's series entry "The Woman in the Woods" (which, fortunately, I've read) and private detective Charlie Parker's search for a very nasty character named Quay ...more
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
This review can be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

There is something enchanting about A Book of Bones, it is dark, full of depth, at times downright creepy, totally gripping and ticks all of the boxes for a must-read.

I was very late to the Charlie Parker series only starting with the previous book, The Women in the Woods but I immediately knew that it was a series that I had to continue with. A Book of Bones continues the story started in The Wom
This was almost 700 pages. It did not need to be. And was anyone else letdown by the ending? I definitely felt letdown. I was waiting to finally hear what or who sent Charlie Parker back and what or who he is exactly. Instead we get a lot of information about the "Atlas" and I just don't care about that book anymore. And the book seems to be setting up the fact that possibly we may end up losing our fantastic musketeers one day. And also there may be a larger evil/organization at work and I just ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*4.5 stars rounded up. I am fairly new to this series, having jumped in with book #12, The Wolf in Winter--something that I normally hate to do but I admit I did enjoy the story nevertheless. Since then it has been my plan to go back and start at the beginning with Every Dead Thing. I even have it downloaded on my Kindle--so it's just a matter of finding the time to get around to reading it.

So I've broken my own rule about not jumping into a series midstream, but here's the thing: it can be don
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the seventeenth entry in the Charlie Parker series, somewhere in between is the short story "The Reflecting Eye"in the short story collection Nocturnes placed.

In this seventeenth novel you get value for your money the Uk edition is 707 pages long and even when you get close to the conclusion you feel that a few hundred pages more would be bloody welcome. A Book of Bones is the end of a six-novel sequence, starting with The Wolf In Winter. John Connolly wrote a story called The Wanderer
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I loves me some Charlie Parker.

There appears to be a crescendo that is rapidly approaching in this series and I can’t wait it to really hit the fan. At the same time, I don’t ever want it to come because even after 17 books in this series it is still one of the best series out there and never fails to impress.

Did I already say I loves me some Charlie Parker?

I believe I did.
Donna Davis
“’Do you mind if I ask what it is you do?’
“The correct reply should have been ‘yes’ for a second time, but he didn’t want to appear rude. It would make her feel bad, and he wouldn’t feel much better.
“’I hunt,’ said Parker. He was surprised to hear the words emerge, as though spoken by another in his stead.
“’Oh.’ Her disapproval was obvious.
“’But not animals,’ he added, as the voice decided to make the situation yet more complicated.
“’Oh,’ she said again.
“He could almost hear the cogs turning.
I was so annoyed at the final two lines of this book that, had it not been a Kindle version on my tablet, I would have thrown it across the room. I suppose, in hindsight, it was two lines that have been lurking in the shadows for quite some time now.

It is also two lines that puts into perspective John Connolly’s comments in the media that #18, entitled The Dirty South (due in 2020), will actually return to the events of the book that started it all, Every Dead Thing.

According to the US Amazon we
Kirsty ❤️
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not a lover of long books and this, the 17th Charlie Parker story one is one long book so a shout out to me and the author because I didn't skip any of it. This is what is known as a bit of a miracle but I really didn't want to miss any little bit of it. 

All the strands of the last few books come together plus we get the history of quite a few religious and spiritual places in England. I managed to learn a lot as well as enjoy a good thriller. A few other reviews say you should read the oth
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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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