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The Lovers

(Charlie Parker #8)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  7,736 ratings  ·  464 reviews
Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator's license and under scrutiny by the police, Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. But he uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of his own past and an inquiry into the death of his father, who took his own life after apparently shooting dead two unarmed teen ...more
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Atria Books
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Carol M I received this book from someone else. First book I have read by this author. I am about 50 pages in and I am frustrated with all of the little crypt…moreI received this book from someone else. First book I have read by this author. I am about 50 pages in and I am frustrated with all of the little cryptic references and hints about things not explained. I don't know if it refers to things explained in previous books or if this is his usual writing style and gaps will be filled in later. Not really enjoying it for that reason but I like it well enough that I might go back and start with book one in the series.

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Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of King
Recommended to carol. by: lots and lots of people
As I was doing the unthinkable--physically browsing library shelves instead of requesting on-line--I saw a number of Connolly's Charlie Parker books. Despite friends' enthusiastic reviews, I've been unsure about trying the series, as I'm generally sensitive to horror. However, I really enjoyed his young adult series, so thought it was worth testing my squimishness and selected one of the books that didn't seem quite so focused on mass killings. I confess: I was riveted. How good? I drove back to ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Charlie Parker has lost his license and his gun as a private detective. With nothing to do, he decides to conduct his own investigation regarding his father’s suicide who shot himself after killing of a teenage couple, the lovers. We know that Parker’s wife and child were both murdered but for this book, he set this aside and concentrate on his father’s story. Since Charlie Parker was John Connolly’s creation, he latter can decide which part of this character’s life to tackle in which book in th ...more
I am the shadow cast by all that once was.

John Connolly writes with a skill and beauty that few other writers can aspire to, as much as I might enjoy their work. The closest comparison I can think of is first class vs private flying - they're both luxury, but private flying is luxury to the nth degree. And reading John Connolly's books is luxurious, even in the darkest places, and they're not afraid to take things to an existential level of dark.

This particular book stands alone if you pick up t
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many good things about this book but hard to review without spoilers.

This was a real page-turner and besides giving me the creeps a few times, it also answered many questions I’ve had about Charlie Parker.

The more I find out, the more I want to know about my favorite anti-hero. With every installment, Parker is looking and acting more like a traditional hero— albeit one with interesting friends, secretive allies and gruesome enemies.

Can’t wait to see where the next book goes...
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another brilliant book from John Connolly. He writes so well. All of his characters are well rounded, his story is full of suspense and there is always that touch of the supernatural that makes everything just a little more exciting. This book is particularly interesting in that we are at number 8 in the series and we are only just discovering a lot of Charlie's back story. I raced to the end of this book and now cannot wait to move on with the series. The author is hinting at so much more to co ...more
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
The Lovers progresses the Charlie Parker character in a way that has not been done since The White Road. In his last two outings, excluding The Reapers, we’ve been given small advancements here and there in Parker’s fledgling relationship and his continued haunting by his deceased wife and child – but nothing major.

In the final pages of The Unquiet’s superb ending, Connolly alludes to something being covered up in Charlie’s childhood. One of Parker’s more recent associates (The Collector), who l
NAT.orious reads ☾
Aug 15, 2020 marked it as to-read-home-shelf  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine gave this to me because she wanted to get rid some of the books that sat on her shelves unread for too long to justify keeping them. [I truly wonder how powerful it must feel to possess such discipline] She didn't know this was part 8 in the series. Thanks to my new GR friend Fiona, I know to give it a try nonetheless. :) Let's see how many years it'll take me to get to this lol.
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Not a lot to say except this is ridiculously good. We get to find out about Charlie's mother and father, and about two mysterious beings that seem hell-bent on killing him. We also get the return of "The Collector". I don't want to give a lot of spoilers here, but it's definitely a fantastic book that gets back the rhythm that the series needed when it comes to Charlie.

Charlie is now working as a bartender after his PI license is pulled. Due to that he has time to think on things that were reve
John McDermott
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-him-danno
One of my favourites of the series so far. The supernatural elements that have featured in previous books really comes to the fore in The Lovers ,with great effect. If you haven't already started reading about Charlie Parker then you need to start. You're seriously missing out ! Poetic ,literate and chilling ; John Connollys' writing is of an exceptional high standard. A must read.
Book Him Danno
How can you tell a great writer? When he can basically present in book eight of a series 400 plus pages of back story and keep it thrilling.

The top advice given to writers is start with the action; avoid the exposition like the kiss of death. But yet Connolly manages to prove there is always an exception to every rule. His private detective Charlie Parker has always been an interesting character with a much storied past, but there are even parts of if it he was unsure of. With that premise the
Paul Nelson
It’s been close to five years since I last touched on John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series and now after rereading The Lovers, I am most definitely kicking myself for forgetting, and diversifying from one of my favourite authors and series of books.

The Lovers sees Charlie working in a bar after having his PI license revoked, he decides to investigate the haunting suicide of his father an NYPD cop who shot an unarmed couple and followed it up by killing himself.

He also has a reporter who is dete
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
2nd read - A look at Parker while a youngster, including his father's murder of two teenagers and his subsequent suicide.

1st reading - Good Parker story with some past fill in. Didnt see much Angel and Louis - hopefully next time.
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
omg this was good!
aPriL does feral sometimes
‘The Lovers’, book 8 about the violent life and spooky times of Charlie Parker, ex-detective, continues with several ongoing series-specific cosmological mysteries. This novel is not a stand-alone read, which is true of all of the books I have read in the series so far in my opinion. The previous book and this one are driven by main-character backstory flashbacks and narrative histories filling in blanks from the previous novels.

I found ‘The Lovers’ satisfying because it explains a little bit wh
Sep 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009
I did something last night that I haven't done in a long time on a work night - stayed up until I finished my book even though I knew I would hate life in the morning on the way to work. In fact, I pretty much read this book all day once I took care of the unimportant stuff like pancakes, groceries, & procrastinating doing the laundry. This isn't a surprise, though. John Connolly's books are just that good.

This is the latest in his Charlie Parker series wherein Charlie learns some truths about h
Mark Souza
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have come to expect high quality mystery/thrillers from John Connolly, heavy on police procedure and the inner workings of the newsroom from a man with vast experience with both. What I didn't expect was a paranormal thriller, and that's what Connolly deftly delivers in "The Lovers."

Charlie Parker is a private investigator with a suspended license working as a bartender in Maine. He comes from a perfectly normal background and an ordinary family. His parents loved each other and Charlie's ado
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another amazing installment in the quite possibly best series out there. This book marks a welcome return to supernatural themes since Black Angel and reveals much of Charlie's background. Thing is, though, this could have been a phonebook reprint and Connolly's phenomenal writing would have made it compelling and tough to put down. As it were, it was impossible to put down, read the whole book in pretty much one sitting. Highly recommended.
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Its a shame that the first half of this novel is so long and gruesome. But I suppose some was needed to reach the second half which was better paced. 7 of 10 stars
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
So there are not many of these I have not read yet! I will be horrified when there are no more to read! This book delves way back in Charlie’s past!! From his birth to his fathers killing of two young people and the reasons he killed himself!!! It’s a testimony that you can’t run from your past even if you appear to be immortal like Charlie and his crazy friends!
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been enjoying this series very much. This book answers a lot of questions and didn't have as much graphic violence as earlier books.
Scott Rhee
It's getting difficult keeping track of my favorite mystery authors. It changes from week to week. While I love discovering new authors, there are a bevy of authors I will continuously go back to, like close friends or security blankets. One week it may be Lee Child, another week it may be Michael Connelly, another week James Lee Burke. One author I have discovered that offers, without fail, beautiful writing and edge-of-the-seat thrills (two things that rarely come together in the mystery genre ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I started reading John Connolly both as a new author I had not read before and because the jacket blurb was intriguing. There are some insightful and memorable paragraphs... I would go further and say that some chapters are good. But it seems to me that John actually wants to be Stephen King but does not dare... so he puts in some aspects of the mystical/macabre/cabalistic/dark features without much explanation or background. In summary a disappointing read and though this is Charlie Parker #8 I ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am so glad to be back with Charlie Parker after the last book, which was basically the Louis and Angel show. Charlie has had his PI license suspended and has been working tending bar. His mind is in need of occupation and we are reminded that his father, a cop, shot two young people and then himself when Charlie was a boy. Charlie decides to visit the old neighborhood and some of his father's friends, pretty much also former cops, and look into what happened.

A side story concerns a girl who is
I started reading the Charlie Parker series in 2012, and i liked it from the start. The hooking part, the devouring these books started happening only after the book 6. There are a couple of reasons for this. Mainly, in the first two, there were still problems with the plot going too much in a not-too-realistic mafia action way. This was not in a good balance with the reason why the Charlie Parker series works now: it's like the Millennium's Frank Black (in season 2) and the Stephen King world c ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful book, and one of Mr. Connolly's shorter ones. (Or so it seemed; I flew through this in a mere three days.)

This is one of Charlie Parker's (the MC in the series) most personal tales. Determined to learn about the last days and actions of his late father, police officer Will Parker, Charlie goes on a hunt for answers which will threaten him and those he cares about in just about every way you can imagine. With just a touch of the supernatural - which is evident in all the Parker novels -
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
We have a face we show the world and another private face we don't, according to Charlie Parker. Never more apparent than in this book as Charlie investigates his family history. Lots of surprises and believable supernatural aspects. Not as good as some of his other entries in the Charlie Parker saga but I'll round it up to Four Stars
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid edition to the series. This is a reread for me, although I stopped reading the series after the next one. Connolly is just such a good writer you can suspend your disbelieve of the supranational events and just go with the flow. This contained a lot of back story on Parker which was nice and really helped his character development.
Squid McFinnigan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, a great read. Had me hooked from the first page.
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Exceptional. Without question this eighth Charlie "Bird" Parker novel, "The Lovers", from author John Connolly once again delivers an incredible yarn. Parker still living in Maine without his P.I. license is tending bar in a local joint while painfully missing Rachel and Sam. Even charlie's dog Walter is beyond lonely left for long hours by himself or with next door neighbors checking in on him. With a detective from the Maine State Police harassing him Charlie toils away at the bar keeping a ve ...more
May 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book from a goodreads giveaway.

I read "The Lovers" by John Connolly in one sitting. After reading the third paragraph, I frowned and asked myself what maudlin garbage I was about to embark on. In the fourth paragraph, I was hooked.

Investigator Charlie Parker starts digging around to find out what truly happened to his mother and father during his teenage years. Suicides and murders are woven together and come apart, past and future, in the pages of this book. Meanwhile, something
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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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