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The Lovers: A Thriller

(Charlie Parker #8)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  6,974 ratings  ·  411 reviews
Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator’s license and under scrutiny by the police, he has been forced to seek work in a Portland bar. But he is using 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 ...more
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Published March 29th 2011 by Simon Schuster Audio (first published June 2nd 2009)
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Sheena You can read this as a stand alone as I did but it does give away a startling bit of the whole series story arc. I loved it so much I am working my…moreYou can read this as a stand alone as I did but it does give away a startling bit of the whole series story arc. I loved it so much I am working my way through the lot and have just caught up with this one again. I don't normally read books again but wanted to in this case as it puts all that went before in context and I wanted a reminder before I go on to the next 8 books.(less)
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Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Οι εραστές είναι αισίως το 8ο βιβλίο του Τζον Κόνολι με πρωταγωνιστή τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ.

Στο αμέσως προηγούμενο (Οι θεριστές) είχα δηλώσει ότι “αναμένω στα επόμενα βιβλία της σειράς μια εκτίναξη σε γεγονότα και καταστάσεις του παρελθόντος που μοιάζουν να καραδοκούν για να αναβιώσουν”. Κατά μία έννοια η πρόβλεψη βγήκε σωστή. Για την ακρίβεια ο Κόνολι το πήγε από ακόμα παραπίσω αφού ο Τσάρλι Πάρκερ αποφασίζει να σκαλίσει ένα γεγονός που σημάδεψε ανεξίτηλα όλη του ζωή: αρχίζει και ψάχνει απαντήσει
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Gostei muito deste detetive.
Soou-me a pessoa real, com todos os seus defeitos e tragédias pessoais.

Ao longo do livro foi por demais evidente que devia ter iniciado pelo primeiro volume da série. As referências a outros livros/ casos / acontecimentos anteriores foram muitos e frequentes, existindo vários spoilers.
É uma pena que as editoras portuguesas continuem a não entenderem isto e não publicam as séries desde o primeiro volume.

Este livro foca-se mais na descoberta de mais um pedaço do passado
Μαρία Γεωργοπούλου
Δεν ξέρω πότε θα σταματήσει να με εκπλήσσει το γεγονός ότι ο John Connolly γράφει εξαιρετικά βιβλία! Το όγδοο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ, είναι μία βουτιά στο παρελθόν της οικογένειάς του, απαραίτητη για τον ίδιο, ώστε να καταφέρει να κατανοήσει το παρόν αλλά και για να ξέρει τι του επιφυλάσσει το μέλλον.

Σκοτεινό και ατμοσφαιρικό, είναι ένα από τα πιο έντονα βιβλία της σειράς, αφού δίνει πολλές απαντήσεις. Το ταλέντο του συγγραφέα φαίνεται από το ότι έχει δέσει με αριστοτεχνικό
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.
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
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: criminal, detective
Λαδι πολυ και τηγανιτα τιποτα!!!!!!
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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 abo
Xavi Reixach
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel-la-negre
Lo ha vuelto a hacer! Tras ocho libros y un relato corto, esta entrega es de los mejores y más oscuros de la saga hasta el momento, a pesar de que se podría leer como novela independiente, creo que es imprescindible conocer el background de las historias previas para poderlo disfrutar completamente.
Mark Souza
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
John Connolly es un escritor de novela negra atípico. Se atrevió a hacer algo que a otros escritores dentro del género consideran un sacrilegio: mezclar novela negra con fenómenos paranormales. Personalmente, creo que ha revolucionado el género. Su personaje, Charlie "Bird" Parker, es un detective que quedó marcado tras un hecho atroz: la tortura y asesinato de su mujer y su hija. Estaba tan unido a ellas y su afán de venganza era tan grande, que al no querer abandonar su recuerdo, sus espíritus ...more
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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 -
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
Squid McFinnigan
As always, a great read. Had me hooked from the first page.
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
May 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway.

John Connolly is a painter - he just uses words instead of watercolors. The way that he writes makes you picture everything as it happens! I think that a lot of authors miss that mark but John Connolly has it down pat!

John Connolly jumps right into the story and you feel like you're there with Charlie Parker as he deals with the police, his lawyer, old friends and memories from long ago. Charlie is delving into his past to find out more about the
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When setting the scene, many writers fail to either, fully hold your attention or just plain waffle their way through. Connolly makes you think that every word he writes is crucial to the story, he makes you believe that every character has their own story worth reading and he is also capable of sending a shiver right through your core with his ability to write about subjects many would not dare to touch on. Horror/ Supernatural is not usually a genre that would interest me, having read my share ...more
Jan 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This book was disappointing only in that there was almost zero Louis & Angel, which I can understand given that the previous CP novel was almost entirely about them. This story focuses on Parker’s father and events that lead both to his death and to Parker’s continued existence.

There’s one thing about the Parker novels that I’m on the fence about; there is a supernatural element to his life and the cases he takes. The ghosts of his murdered wife and daughter haunt him, literally, and many o
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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 16 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 Whisperers (Charlie Parker, #9)
  • The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker, #10)
  • The Wrath of Angels (Charlie Parker, #11)
“That is what we do for the ones we love: we lie to protect them. Not all truths are welcome.” 4 likes
“We haunt ourselves, I sometimes think; or, rather, we choose to be haunted. If there is a hole in our lives, then something will fill it. We invite it inside, and it accepts willingly.” 3 likes
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