• The Woman in the Woods

  • A Charlie Parker Thriller, Book 16
  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new thrilling instalment of John Connolly's popular Charlie Parker series.

It is spring, and the mummified body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death.

But there is no sign of a baby.

Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in 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.

For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman....

©2018 John Connolly (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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superb

very good. it is well paced and gradually revealing of the plot. well read, adequate tones of voices, easy to portray characters.

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Disappointing

As one who can't bear fantasy and sci-fi I found the supernatural element to the story really irritating and unnecessary. I wish it had been mentioned in the blurb for the book as then I wouldn't have bought it. Also as another reviewer mentioned, the idea that Louis would burn a vehicle because of a Confederate flag is ridiculous. Otherwise, a good story overall, and as usual, superbly read by Jeff Harding.

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  • Sandy
  • 04-09-18

Brilliant!

love the way John Connolly writes and Jeff Harding brings Charlie Parker et el to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-18

Well worth the wait!

Listening to Jeff Harding narrate a John Connolly’s books is time spent in the company of masters of their crafts. How long do I have to wait for the next instalment?

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  • Joshua Piercey
  • 06-05-19

Above average Parker story; lackluster narration

I love the Parker series, and this is one of the better ones. Standard themes and plot for anyone that's a fan of the series, but the villains are above average, the side plots come back to the whole better than in some previous books and the supernatural stuff does the "is it/isn't it" tightrope that's the hallmark of Connolly's work.

The narrator sucks, tho. I'm sorry, I feel awful writing it, but it's just no good. All the dialogue is read with the same intonation (and sounds just like the "three weeks earlier" guy from the purge episode of Rick and Morty - I couldn't unhear it so why should you?). All female characters have the same patronising adenoidal whine. Most male characters sound the same, with the only deviations being "high blood pressure" or "thousand a day smoker." Louis is... bad. The only exception was Quayle who was absolutely perfect, so good that I wondered if he was done on a second take. And the lyrical passages of natural description, which are often the best thing in these books, are delivered as if bored. Sorry dude, I hope you never read this, but I don't think this is the series you should be reading aloud.

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  • Lenny
  • 07-07-18

Left wanting more

Another great story by John Connolly. Love Charlie Parker, but so many questions remain unanswered, hoping there will be another book to answer them all.

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  • Nadine Russell 🐾
  • 06-18-18

Connolly's done it again.

Yet another awesome installment in the Charlie Parker story. I dont know where to begin, or where to end in my review. Just know, it kept me awake, and it was almost impossible to find a suitable place to pause the book. You've been warned...

The Woman in the Woods also shows a unexpected 'human' side to Louis, including a few 'lump in the throat' moments. (Perhaps almost a tear.)

As expected, a fantastic performance by Jeff Harding. I'm so impatient and want for the next book already!

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  • Barbara
  • 06-17-18

Brilliant

Again really brilliant I sow enjoy the Charlie Parker books the narrative is excellent. How does the author keep on top of his game.

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  • sarah
  • 06-11-18

Simply Brilliant!

The best yet. I enjoyed every second of this tale spun by a genius storyteller.

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  • luke Saunders
  • 06-03-18

Good Book and enjoyed it

Good Book and enjoyed it, not as good as some of the others in the series but you won't be disappointed.

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  • J Blackmur
  • 05-03-18

Another fantastic book

John Connolly is one of my all time favourite authors, and although the description of this book didn’t quite appeal, I eventually decided to purchase it anyway, because of my enjoyment of Connolly’s previous books. This didn’t disappoint...gripping, multi-layered and with the addition of the unique mysticism which sets Connolly’s books apart from the rest. Thoroughly recommended...

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  • D. J. Scott
  • 05-02-18

Excellent narration

Great set up for next book Jeff Harding brings these books to life great story as always

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  • Jal
  • 09-27-18

Charlie Parker never fails to thrill me

I intend to read (I meant to say listen to all Charlie's adventures. I believe I have every one of John Connolly's titles in my bookcase.. Love Audible...Joy Loggie...

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  • C. Donkin
  • 05-20-18

Loved it!

My favourite author by far.
I loved the humour tucked neatly amongst the action, and always Louis and Angel. A great story with great characters and all the twists and turns you come to expect from this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-18

Another great audio book

Interesting yarn that leaves you wanting more, the reader took a chapter or two to get into stride after that flawless effort