Monday, September 21, 2015

ARC Review: A Song of Shadows

Title:A Song of Shadows: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
Publisher: Atria Books
Format:Advanced e-copy from the publisher through netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review
Pages: 448 Pages
Genre: mystery, thriller

This title is to be released on September 29, 2015

Synopsis: Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows . . .

(65)Review: This book takes place a few months after Wolf in Winter ends.  Charlie is recouperating from his near death experience. His friends found him a home in a small town in Maine close to the hospital where he is doing his physical therapy.

A single mom moves into the house next door.  Charlie tries to keep his distance but feels that there is something amiss with this new family.  When a dead body washes up on the beach and his neighbor starts acting stranger than normal Charlie doesn't seem to be able to help himself and finds himself looking into the investigation.

If you have an interest in World War 2, Nazi Germany, and Nazi war fugitives than this Charlie Parker book will have you hooked and turning pages. The information is plentiful and very interesting I think Connolly really put some research into this one.  I even learned some things I didn't know or wasn't familiar with that I am now going to have to look into.

I am totally in love with this spooky, dark and violent series I can't put them down.  Charlies friends Louis and Angel are also some of the best characters I've ever read, I love them.  I want to be friends with them and how many contract killers can you say that about?

The ending was completely satisfying and leaves me wanting more but not in a cliff hanger way, plus there is a new mystery brewing. Not only can we continue to wonder what Charlie is -because he does seem like an avenging angel...but now we are starting to see more glimpses into his daughter and she has some things going on that even Charlie doesn't understand.




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