Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father's legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughter's disappearance. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired to make Merrick go away, but Merrick will not be stopped. Soon Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth about Daniel Clay to be revealed, and those who want it to remain hidden at all costs.
But there are other forces at work here. Someone is funding Merrick's hunt, a ghost from Parker's past. And Merrick's actions have drawn others from the shadows, half-glimpsed figures intent upon their own form of revenge, pale wraiths drifting through the ranks of the unquiet dead. The Hollow Men have come….
©2007 John Connolly (P)2007 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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"Haunting uncomfortable compelling"
I would recommend this book to a friend if they enjoyed supernatural thrillers with a twist
I love Jeff Harding he brings the characters to life. I first came across him when I listened to "Dancing for the Hangman"
Yes, it made me really sad, its uncomfortable listening because you really don't want to believe the evil that people do but you know it goes on. Even though the book is fictional you get drawn in and hooked. It could have been based on real events and in parts, probably was.
The research into child abuse the author did for this book must have been harrowing. I wasn't sure I was going to like the book but I just couldn't put it down. I wanted to see justice done! The twist at the end was one I didn't see coming either.
"An uncomfortable reality leaking into nightmares"
There's nothing in it for when I read a John Connolly book I do so hearing Jeff Harding
The multi layered plot that is very gradually woven into a pattern ... the anticipation you are seduced into almost without knowing what direction the writer will take next
The depth and gravitas he lends to characters - the sound colours he charges each scene, each character with...male or female. The man has a genius for story telling with a voice that has a certain timbre John Connolly's books need.
You have to savour the entire story to get a charge and no one moment can do that. You can't appreciate a building by studying a single brick.
This was a classic Parker novel featuring Angel and Louis and a bit of The Collector. A great story, the writing of wrongs and the usual deceptions and half truths.
Parker takes it closely followed by Angel the Louis. Why? Because he's Parker, abrasive, irritating and antagonist. Marvelous.
First class, totally inseparable with Connolly/Parker now.
No one tells the truth all the time.
"Painfully slow and dull."
Another tale of of the American detective Charlie Parker. This time he is hired by the daughter of a prominent psychiatrist that has been missing for years, after he was linked to a child abuse scandal. To further complicate matters the daughter is being stalked by a menacing killer who is also searching for information on the psychatrists whereabouts...and so the story continues from here. I thought it would have a similar pace and supernatural backdrop to "Black Angel", which I enjoyed immensley, but I was sadly dissappointed.
The pace is painfully slow and the plot is tinged with overtones of a bad "Sam Spade" detective novel. Apologies to John Connolly fans. This is only the 2nd John Connolly novel I have purchased. I'm sad to say it may well be the last. I found the story lacked true suspense. At times the level of irrelevant detail blocked the story instead of enhancing it and bringing it to life.
I'm not a fan of American narrators either. However I fully appreciate that you need the right voice for the right story. Plumby vowels really wouldn't work on this plotline. I think Jeff Harding does good job with variery of voices and trying to make each character different and unique. Which can't be an easy task for an audio book.
Sorry Audible but I'm really sad to say that this little audio book adventure left me disappointed and bored.
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