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"The only truth was that everybody lied.",
This review is from: The Unquiet: A Thriller (Charlie Parker Thrillers) (Hardcover)
John Connolly's "The Unquiet" is a dark and haunting tale with seamlessly blended elements: murder mystery, psychological suspense, and even a tinge of the supernatural. The first person narrator is Charlie Parker, the stereotypical brooding private detective with a tortured past. He has nearly gone mad with grief after the loss of his first wife and child, and is now unhappily separated from his second wife, Rachel, and their daughter, Sam. Charlie's newest client is Rebecca Clay, who wants to deter a stalker from harassing her and her daughter, Jenna. The man bothering Rebecca is Merrick, an extremely angry individual with a question that he wants answered: Where is Rebecca's father, Daniel Clay? Clay was a child psychiatrist who once worked with abused children; he was later accused of mishandling his cases, of being an abuser himself, and of possibly offering children to be victimized by others molesters. Rebecca insists that her father was a good man. In any case, she has not seen him in years, and has recently had him declared legally dead. Merrick thinks that Rebecca is lying.
Parker interviews Rebecca's ex-husband, Daniel Clay's lawyer, a child psychiatrist who disliked Clay and clashed with him professionally, and others who might be able to shed some light on who Daniel Clay really was and what became of him. Meanwhile, Parker, with the help of some hired muscle, tries to keep Rebecca safe, but he soon learns that no one can be shielded from certain relentless individuals who will not be denied their chance for revenge.
"The Unquiet" is an effective horror story that proves once again the truth of Shakespeare's statement: the evil that men do lives after them. Slowly and inexorably, Charlie Parker uncovers the horrifying misdeeds and unravels the tangled web of deceit that men without conscience created to shield themselves from justice. Inevitably, the past and the present converge, with predictably violent results. Although Connolly sets his novel in what some would consider the bucolic state of Maine, there is no peace in these pages. Maine is Stephen King territory, and the cold grip of terror permeates the narrative. There are ghosts--"hollow men" who appear again and again to terrify those unlucky enough to look into the dark holes where their eyes should be. Death is never far away in Connolly's tortured and atmospheric landscape. This book is a stylish and unsettling thriller with superior descriptive writing, memorable characters, and a bone-chilling conclusion.
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Initial post: Jan 10, 2009 6:43:44 AM PST
C. S. Connolly says:
This review reads like a promotional release from the publisher!
Chicken in the Mist.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2009 9:29:46 PM PST
What a strange comment.... I read the book, liked it, and reviewed it favorably. If I hadn't enjoyed it, I would have said so.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2010 1:07:29 PM PST
Thanks for the kind comment!
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2010 9:28:10 AM PDT
Joseph Yeater says:
Excellent review -- I will now buy the book. Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2012 1:14:21 PM PDT
Hip Mom says:
I agree with you, what a weirdo!! Thanks for the informative review!!
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