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The Lovers by John Connolly
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Jul 17, 2009

really liked it
Read in July, 2009

Connolly's Charlie Parker sequence, of which this is the eighth novel, shows no sign of dipping in quality, and this might be one of the best of the lot. Stripped of his PI license, Parker investigates the only thing he legally can, delving into the mysteries of his past, and the mysterious death of his father. As with the best of the books, the plot is eased away in layers, becoming more complex as Parker is driven to push, and delve, and pry, until the starkest truths about himself and the world around him remain. There is a gothic desolation to the tale, and the supernatural is now an undeniable fact of Charlie's world, no longer a possible product of having an unreliable narrator, and the story gains further depth for the clarification. What can I say - I love these books, and the world and people I get to visit through them. If you want to try them, don't start here. Go to the beginning, to the brilliant Every Dead Thing, and see how you get on.

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