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A Book of Bones

(Charlie Parker #17)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  1,703 ratings  ·  232 reviews
A USA TODAY Bestseller

“Complex, pulse-pounding...Connolly’s nuanced characterizations and facility at creating spooky atmospherics make it easy to suspend disbelief about the threat of cosmic horror from other dimensions.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Private Investigator Charlie Parker returns in this heart-pounding thriller as he seeks revenge against the darkest forces in the world, from the internationallydimensions.”—PublishersA
Hardcover, 688 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books (first published April 18th 2019)
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Craig My UK edition has 707 pages. The last 13 pages consist of acknowledgements and an essay about Connolly's first 20 years as a writer, thanking his…moreMy UK edition has 707 pages. The last 13 pages consist of acknowledgements and an essay about Connolly's first 20 years as a writer, thanking his readers for making his career possible.(less)
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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Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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”.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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 got
Liz Barnsley
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!

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 d
(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 sp
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,
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 wit
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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 Women in the Woods, th
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 in Unknown Realms that int
Kirsty ❤️
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, overdrive
I enjoy aspects of the author’s writing style, but I’m beginning to think that he has no idea where his supernatural plot is headed. He’s just going to keep cranking out books (which are all pretty similar) and never come to a conclusion. The books in general don’t seem to advance the overall mystery, and this book is no exception. The complicated plot added too many irrelevant characters and made the book too long. I’ll probably keep reading the series, but it could easily drag on for another 5 ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Elaine Tomasso
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an advance copy of A Book of Bones, the seventeenth novel to feature Maine PI Charlie Parker.

Parker and his friends, Angel and Louis, are hunting the perpetrators of a series of murders across the United States and finally arrive in England where a series of grisly murders is perplexing the police in various counties.

I thoroughly enjoyed A Book of Bones which is a long, detailed tale of violence and supernatur
Laura Newsholme
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While it potentially might not be the most sensible idea to join a series when it is at BOOK 17, that's what I have done with the Charlie Parker series and boy am I glad I did! This tells the story of Parker and his continuing investigation into the Fractured Atlas and the denizens who are trying to end the world. Firstly, despite the fact that this is a 700 page book, I absolutely flew through it because the prose is so compelling and the plot is top notch. I loved the supernatural elements at ...more
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.

Dolf Kistemaker
Definitely the worst one in the series which I all found brilliant. Hoping the next one will be brilliant again.
Greg Markwardt
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
3/5 it wounds me to rate this so low. I was so stoked for a new Parker novel and a massive one at that. I’ve been following the series for a long time, since about 2005. Connolly is still an amazing author and when A Book of Bones is on point it still contains all that I love about the series. However Connolly spends too much time away from his lead characters introducing many new narratives that just don’t hold the same appeal. Also a lot of the back story sequences while intriguing drug on far ...more
David Harris
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hodder & Stoughton, 18 April 2019
HB, 707pp, e-book

I'm grateful to the publisher for sending me a free advance copy of A Book of Bones for review.

As if to prove this series is a long way from losing steam, with the 17th Charlie Parker thriller - and marking 20 years as an author - In A Book of Bones John Connolly gives us a double length (700 pages!) adventure for Charlie, Angel, Louis and many of his wider cast. Not only that, but in this book themes from severa
Alan Taylor
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a new novel in John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series lands I immediately drop whatever I’m reading and race through it. The race was slower this time, not only because A Book of Bones is nearly 700 pages long but also because a lot of the story takes place in London, and in a part of London I don’t know very well and in which I have just started to spend a few days a week, so I had to take time to look up the locations.
This is a sprawling, Dickensian beast of a novel which picks up just after T
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A BOOK OF BONES, John Connolly’s latest masterpiece arrives on the 20th anniversary of the first appearance of the author’s delayed puberty, and consequently offers an opportunity to consider his career in a state of mourning. Connolly’s work, with its commitment to drinking provides an example to younger writers of the benefits of finishing the contents of the bottle. While Connolly remains as talented as ever, and Parker continues to keep his creator off the streets, A BOOK OF BONES marks the ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book more than I did. I think the problem is I should have started with one of the earlier Charlie Parker books as all of them have gotten rave reviews. My attention just waned with this one and there were so many characters with backstories that I just got lost and my mind started to wander. I won't give up on Connolly though as the writing is clear and his imagination is off the charts! I will trust his fans and try another one!
Thanks to NetGalley for this AR
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Connolly ‘s latest installment in the Charlie Parker series leaves me excited to see what is next for Charlie. The multiple storylines weave themselves together to form the prefect tapestry of suspense. I hope this series never ends.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-read-2019
Absolutely amazing. What a rollercoaster Mystery & Thriller
The publisher’s materials that accompany the review copies of A BOOK OF BONES hasten to note that we are celebrating 20 years of Charlie Parker, the one-of-a-kind creation of author John Connolly. Occasionally I will pick up a book by a new author and get a sort of tingling that tells me it’s a good one. That’s exactly what I felt when I laid my hands on EVERY DEAD THING, the first Parker (and Connolly) novel, and I was equally impressed with each subsequent installment in the series. That said, ...more
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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 17 books)
  • Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1)
  • Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker, #2)
  • 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)
  • The Lovers (Charlie Parker, #8)
  • The Whisperers (Charlie Parker, #9)
  • The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker, #10)
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