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The Whisperers

(Charlie Parker #9)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,819 ratings  ·  404 reviews
""'Oh, little one, ' he whispered, as he gently stroked her cheek, the first time he had touched her in fifteen years. 'What have they done to you? What have they done to us all?' ""In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Gre ...more
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Published July 13th 2010 by Atria Books
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Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it

In this 9th book in the 'Charlie Parker' series, the private detective gets involved in an eerie case where evil spirits are inhabiting Middle Eastern antiquities. The book can be read as a standalone.


Odd things are going on in Maine. Several veterans of the Iraq war, including Damien Patchett, have recently committed suicide. Damien's father, diner owner Bennett Patchett - stricken by his son's death - has other problems as well.

He's worried that his waitress is being abused by her boyfri
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Charlie Parker
Can some authors be ‘too big to fail?’ Is John Connolly one of them? I’ve had my ups and down with the series to be sure, but I found that this book felt particularly disconnected, like Connolly was allowed to take everything he had written in his word processing application and turn it in, without thought to transitions, flow, plotting or narrative voice. Am I being harsh? Perhaps. But that’s the trouble with reading some really great books–of which his prior book, The Lovers, was one–and avoid ...more
Maxine Marsh

I. Cannot. Get. Enough. Of. This. Series. Or Charlie Parker, or Angel, or Louis. Even The Collector is starting to grow on me.

Okay, now that I've had my fangirl moment, here's the real review. John Connolly--or J-Con as I like to refer to him--is one of those guys who just can't write a bad book. He has a way of weaving a story together flawlessy. For example, in The Whisperers, there are a plethora of characters: some secondary, some primary, some good, some bad, some in between, but all are dr
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book in the Charlie Parker series which is such a great mixture of mystery, horror and the supernatural. My only problem is that this is number nine in the series and I am rapidly catching up with the author who is preparing to publish number thirteen this year. I am now trying to pace myself because I don't want to get to the end! An excellent book in an even more excellent series recommended to any one who enjoys Dean Koontz or Stephen King. ...more
John McDermott
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-him-danno
Well ,nine books in and I'm running out of superlatives for the Charlie Parker novels. Suffice to say that The Whisperers was just as good as the others. This really is a must read series.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An excellent addition to this series of books. Connelly's writing is so engaging it becomes difficult to stop reading the books.
This particular entry to the series concerns soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD and suicide tendencies of some of the returning vets.
The book also delves into the second Iraq war and how the soldiers got short changed by the government and the military.
Mr. Connolly wraps this information into his on going plot of Evil vs. Good and the shades of grey that exi
Liz Barnsley
Mar 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Starting my early re reading of some of the Charlie Parker novels in preparation for the new one later this year.

Went for a "mid season" ish start with The Whisperers. I don't think I need to say a lot this time round apart from you either know this series and are already on board with it's particular levels of genius or you are not.

If not then "Every Dead Thing" is where to start. Be ready though. It's not like any other series out there and will slowly steal tiny portions of your soul.

Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Almost gave this one 3 stars, which is the first time I've even considered it for this series. but just about made the 4 star cut. Maybe I'm holding Connolly's high standards against him. He's manages to be as consistent as he is dark throughout this entire series. Not the best in the series but still very good. Maybe it was a little light on Angel and Louis? always the best bits of the book for me! However Connolly not quite at his best is still better than most.
Nov 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
A few months ago, I heard that John answered all his messages on his official Facebook page. So, I thought, "Hey, I like Connolly a lot, perhaps I'll tell him that". So I sent him a message expressing my appreciation for his work and his signature Charlie Parker character. Much to my surprise, he actually did respond.

Dear Brandon,

Thanks very much for the kind words. Good for morale as I work toward the end of the draft of the next book, so much appreciated.

All best wishes,



Anyway, ont
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this one!

You want creepy with a dash of detective thrown in with weird and unusual villains - multiple villains! - and yet a story which comes right out of the current era - smuggling stolen antiquities from Iraq? - and with former military veterans who want to do right but some of'em do wrong ...?

This is the book for you. I loved every minute, every word, every page. Connolly not only spins a deft and twisty-turvy tale, but he's no fan of stereotypes. The MC doesn't get the gorgeous woman
Paul Nelson
Jan 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books-read
The Whisperers concentrates on a more definitive plot as Charlie Parker’s latest case sees him investigating an army veteran’s suicide which in turn leads him onto a smuggling operation and the author delves deeply into post-traumatic stress disorder and the effects of war on the soldiers.

John Connolly demotes Charlie Parker’s demons to the sidelines somewhat but what we do have is two characters that demand all the attention in the return of the killer known as the Collector and the deliberate
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
2nd read - Start with soldiers returning from the Iraq war, throw in some stolen antiquities, add some PTSD, and mix in three demons trapped in a gold puzzle box, and you have the recipe for a good Parker thriller.

'I hate you guys,' said Angel.
'No, you don't.'
'I do,' he confirmed. 'You don't respect me.'
'Well, that is true,' I admitted. 'But, then, we really have no reason to.'
Angel thought about this before conceding that I had a point.

1st read - My vote for the best of the Charlie Parker serie
Scott Rhee
This was the first John Connolly book I ever read, back in January 2012, even though it was the ninth book in Connolly's Charlie Parker series.

Iraqi war veterans in the same platoon are mysteriously committing suicide. They claim to hear voices whispering to them from behind closed doors, under the bed, behind the walls. Their deaths are being written off as just more tragic cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), but private detective Charlie Parker thinks there is something much more
Some might say that John Connolly is channeling his inner Stephen King with his Charlie Parker tales. I haven’t read much King but this is my 9th book in the series and there are some pretty creepy supernatural forces at work here. (view spoiler) Veterans feature prominently in this story and the vets are not---surprise---the good guys. Connolly intertwin ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
It took me ages to finish this book, not because it was a particularly demanding read, far from it, but because I've been working late every evening for a while now. As such, it was a bit of a disjointed experience, but an enjoyable one. This is the first Charlie Parker I've read, even though it is a late entry to the series.
It seems that this was the book's saving grace, if other reviews are to be believed. I didn't have any expectations, so the supernatural angle came as a welcome surprise rat
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Connolly seems to write best when he is teaching us a lesson. For instance, we have briefly touched on Vietnam vets via Parker's Native American friend Straydeer. Now Connolly is concerned with the Iraq war.

It is acknowledged that the Iraq vets are poorly treated, both in country and at home. A group of them decides to loot a Baghdad museum for valuable antiquities to sell, with the proceeds not only going to the group, but other needy vets. Not surprisingly, so much money hangs in the bala
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Connolly never disappoints me... nor does Charlie Parker or Angel or Louis! Great one as usual. We all need a Charlie, a Angel or a Louis in our lives :)
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok so I did finish this book months and months ago. I started this again because for whatever reason I thought I had not read it?!? I quickly realized that I had in fact finished the book so.... now I’m more sad about this amazing series than ever I’ve read them all but the newest that I’m not sure has released yet!
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As Charlie Parker series progresses, it delves more and more into the supernatural, which I really like. This book deals with supernatural factors so fascinating that I couldn't help but wish it concentrated more on that like Black Angel, instead this book deals heavily with PTSD and plight of soldiers and veterans. It's exceptionally well written as always, but there was something slightly disjointed about this book, something about the constant switch of POVs, that made this book just a tad we ...more
MisterLiberry Head
Nov 30, 2019 rated it liked it
John Connolly’s background as a newspaper reporter shows in THE WHISPERERS, in which he explores issues surrounding America’s failure to care for its damaged and wounded Iraq/Afghanistan veterans. The returned soldiers in THE WHISPERERS, who have set up a mysteriously lucrative smuggling operation across the Canadian border into Maine, are tormented by war wounds, depression, survivor’s guilt, substance abuse, PTSD – and, worse of all, by Sumerian demons. Mister Liberryhead almost feels like a f ...more
Aaron Nash
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this one, but at this point I want more of the supernatural elements (although this book does contain them a little), and more of Parker and his story. This book felt like it had a distinct lack of Parker and in my opinion it suffered a little for it.

The PTSD storyline was handled and researched well, and more of The Collector is certainly no bad thing. The main villain was passable, especially his introduction scene which was horrific, but again, these books are known for their villai
Linda Munro
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever simply grab a book off the shelf of the library, not knowing what you were going to get until you opened the cover? Well, I just did...

Charlie Parker is a Private Investigator, but not a normal investigator; Charlie knows darkness.

Former soldiers of the Middle Eastern Wars are suddenly taking their own lives; the question is, why?

Charlie learns of a smuggling operation, manned by such veterans. The operation is located on the border between Maine and Canada. This group is not smugg
Carol Jean
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book somewhat more enjoyable than Connolly's others because there isn't quite so much supernatural activity. But I'm pretty sure I'm done with Charlie Parker...
aPriL does feral sometimes
Excellent and superb addition to the Charlie Parker series!

'The Whisperers' is a spooky ghost story, but I am getting ahead of myself.

First, I suggest reading the series in order. 'The Whisperers' is #9, but if you don't mind not understanding some of the references, I admit reluctantly 'The Whisperers' can be read as a standalone read. Many of the usual characters surrounding Parker from previous books end up crossing his path while he searches for the cause behind an American ex-military squad
Oh, John Connolly is one of my very favorite authors! And reading this latest book was especially a treat since the US version won't be out for over a month! I really enjoyed this book! The plot - both more political and more supernatural than many of the preceding books - took my by surprise. I had expected from the end of The Lovers that Sharon Macy and maybe even more about his parents would be the focus of the next book. Instead, The Collector reappeared, and he is one of my favorite enigmat ...more
Walter Cohen
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm a big John Connolly fan. He plays the edges of crime/detective real and utter, horror madness and evil better in fiction then any other author. The way that he weaves (blurs) the normal and everyday, ordinary lives of characters with the supernatural is scary. In some basic respects, I'd hate to be in Connolly's head.

In The Whisperers, Connolly comes close but misses pulling off a wonderful story that both had contemporary meaning and a real, terrorizing threat. What he talks us through is r
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
John Connolly is an amazingly talented writer. His Charlie Parker series is among the best of any detective series. I have read these books over and over again and there are bits and pieces of Connolly's honeycomb world that haunt my dreams.

This latest in the series is both more political (in dealing with the after effects of the Iraq War, particularly PTSD and the treatment of returning veterans) and more explicitly paranormal that some of his books. As always, Connolly builds a strong and comp
AFter the answers given in "The Lovers" the stories on CHarlie Parker seem to be not over yet.
Charlie Parker does investigate the suicide of an Iraq veteran and soon finds out that this is a much more common problem than he thought. And yet there is something off and when he investigates he finds out a lot more about the trauma's of soldiers and scars on their souls. Not being without a the scaring on his soul he pushes ahead with his investigations. Once more he has Louis and Angel by his side
Ms. Nikki
Although the story was told well, if a little slow-going, I felt like this read could have used more of the original cast a lot more.

The idea of Pandora' box was awesome and being written by Connolly, should have made this read magic. Instead I get some greedy military men that I can't connect to. not even by a thread.

The last 10-15% was what this whole read should have consisted of.

It took me a while to get through this one. Slightly disappointed.

Hopefully, the next one gets back to the basics.
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlie Parker at his best. Back in the PI trade he takes on the investigation at the request of a father who's son was a soldier and seemed to be adjusting to civilian life but committed suicide among a cluster of soldiers who have taken their lives by their own hands, all who served together. In typical Charlie Parker style he uncovers the truth.
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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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