John Connolly celebrates twenty years as an author with this new work, a real doorstop of a novel, almost 700 pages in length, and a sequel to last year’s Charlie Parker tale The Woman In The Woods.
For this one, Parker has been taken away from his normal hunting grounds in rural Maine and transplanted to Europe, specifically Amsterdam and London. Again the story revolves around an ancient occult text known as The Fractured Atlas, the pages of which have been scattered around the world for safety. Gradually they are being reassembled with potentially apocalyptic consequences resulting, unless Parker and his cohorts can save the day. Connolly has never been afraid to include supernatural elements in this crime series, and that has never been more apparent than in this novel. However, for all that this still remains a crime novel with elements of horror rather than the other way round, with the epic length of this work allowing the author to fascinatingly explore ancient English folklore, myth and legend alongside the more traditional criminal investigation aspects of the story. The novel eventually, after many twists and turns, reaches an exciting climax, along the way pulling together all the threads of Parker’s back story, although after such a long build up the final confrontations when good and evil collide were perhaps a little on the short side for me. Nevertheless, this is a very good read indeed, and a great conclusion to the tale begun, and left on a cliffhanger, in the previous novel.
Length of Read:Epic
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Previous books in this series, detective novels, supernatural novels, eg Stephen King’s Mr Mercedes series.
One thing you’ve learned
I wouldn’t suggest this as your first Charlie Parker story; newcomers should at the very least read The Woman In The Woods first. However, aficionados of this series will love this epic, sprawling tale