The Woman in the Woods

The Woman in the Woods

eBook - 2018
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"From internationally bestselling author and "creative genius who has few equals in either horror fiction or the mystery genre" (New York Journal of Books) comes a gripping thriller starring Private Investigator Charlie Parker. When the body of a woman--who apparently died in childbirth--is discovered, Parker is hired to track down both her identity and her missing child. In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child.
Publisher: New York : Emily Bestler Books, 2018.
Edition: First Emily Bestler booksAtria Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501171949
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Mar 30, 2019

Although I often dislike books with graphic violence, I was caught up in the characters of the first Charlie Parker mystery I have read. After reading online book of this series I find myself carrying about the characters. So I’ll skim the graphic violence and enjoy the rural Maine setting and continue making friends with Charlie and his buddies.

Mar 17, 2019

Even in what are normal times for him, main character, Charlie Parker, has always exuded a deep level of ennui & sadness. In The Woman in the Woods his melancholy seems deeper, more pervasive. It could be that the story line of The Woman in the Woods is very reminiscent of the 'Repairman Jack' books, but more likely it's the missing antics of the Fulci brothers and the seriousness of the Angel/Louis situation. Throughout reading the The Woman in the Woods it felt like John Connolly was preparing us to say goodbye to Charlie Parker, which also contributes to the melancholy, but the ending leaves the impression that might not yet be the case. I hope it's not.

There are 2 quotes that stuck with me, the first a conversation early in the story between Charlie and Louis referring to an expensive truck and the controversial way it's customized.

"Hell of an outlay to advertise ignorance."
. . . "Stupidity knows no boundaries."
"You think thats's just stupidity?"
"No, I think it belongs to someone who defines a good day by how bad he can make someone else's."

and another near the end of the book:

[He] . . . should have realized his actions might eventually draw the attention of someone whose tolerance for such incitements was inversely proportional to his capacity for retribution. Violence called to violence, and intemperate words were the kindling of savagery.

Both quotes define many characters of The Woman in the Woods and all the Charlie Parker novels. Eerily, sadly they also define the ugly political discourse and its uglier consequences taking place today.

4 stars B+

Sep 11, 2018

I had a hard time wanting to finish this book. A lot of bouncing around with different voices and long descriptions throughout the chapters. At times it was very dark. So many people died in this story. I like suspense thrillers and mysteries but I just didn't like this book. I really loved his other work called, "The Book of Lost Things."

Aug 20, 2018

Never thought I would say this about a John Connolly book, but I was honestly bored. I truly wanted to feel engaged, but trudged simply because it is a John Connolly..... I pray his subsequent ones will be more substantial and meaningful.

Aug 02, 2018

Scary - loved it. Good plot as usual.

Jul 16, 2018

More Horror than mystery or thriller. I loved it. Great pace couldn't put it down. Read in one sitting and can't wait for the next one. Please be a next one.

Jul 10, 2018

So in the first dozen or so pages we learn that Charlie Parker is visited periodically by his dead daughter, and best- buddy Louis has similar visitations from his dead father. That's it for me. Too Stephen King-esque for me. I did not rate this, because I don't want to discourage people who like this genre. I do not.

Jul 09, 2018

Sick, sickening. Not worth reading.


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