Sunday, May 27, 2012

Books: The Lovers by John Connolly

The Lovers (Charlie Parker, #8)The Lovers by John Connolly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Charlie Parker is a man adrift. He has lost his private investigator's license and the woman who had his child has left him. Now making ends meet working in a Maine bar, he looks to solve the mystery that has haunted him nearly all his life: why did his policeman father shoot to death two apparently unarmed teenagers, before alter tuning the gun on himself? Parker travels to a New York City suburb where the incident happened, chased by a tenacious reporter who is bent on telling Parker's story whether he likes it or not. Hunting down the remaining colleagues of his father who are willing to talk, Parker uncovers layers upon layers of mystery - who were his parents, really? Why do a mysterious young couple turn up seemingly unaged every few decades? The story unravels like the layer of an onion with the answers Parker gets only leading to more questions until the violent climax in the home where his wife and daughter were killed. This was a dark and melancholy book, demonstrating what can happen when someone doggedly researches their past, and must accept their consequences. As the truth is revealed, we learn more about Charlie Parker, who he is, and why he is the man he has become. Connolly writes as well as ever, with deft shading and characterization. The elements of the supernatural are not contrived in the slightest and make the story even more spookier than one of a detective chasing the ghosts of his own past. The Lovers: A Thriller

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