BOOK REVIEW: Woman in the Woods (Charlie Parker #16) by John Connolly
Publisher: Atria Publisher
In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered.
Investigators realize that the 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 one searching. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child…someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.
And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.
I really love this series and it keeps getting creepier and creepier. Connelly's writing is always on point, poetic and richly crafted. His characters feel like real people and the crimes are as horrifying as if they were happening. Charlie Parker is a flawed character who has lead a troubled life but always seems to be fighting for a good cause. He would like to live a normal life but after the horrific death of his daughter and first wife trouble seems to find him.
With his companions Louis and Angel as well as the Fauci brothers he has found unique allies that help to keep him alive. I love that his dead daughter continues to watch over him and plays different roles in all of the books as well as his living daughter. I know this series is coming to a close and I would love to think that Connolly could possibly continue this series with a spin-off involving his daughter who seems to have inherited some of her dad's otherworldly abilities. I doubt that she could live a "normal" life.
This is not a stand alone book and it would be difficult to pick this series up somewhere in the middle since each book seems to build on the next.
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