Monday, 18 January 2016

A Song of Shadows - John Connolly

"Grievously wounded private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.
Broken, but undeterred, private detective Charlie Parker faces the darkest of dark forces in a case with its roots in the second world war, and a concentration camp unlike any other . . .
Recovering from a near-fatal shooting and tormented by memories of a world beyond this one, Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to recover. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubko and a concentration camp unlike any other. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.
His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.
But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.
For something is emerging from the shadows . . ."

JC has to be up there with Stephen King as the master of creepy, nightmare-inducing stories. I have been hooked on the Charlie Parker series since the very first book and this latest addition certainly didn't disappoint. 

With familiar characters making a reappearance (always a delight), Charlie is living in a beach front property following on from the events at the end of the previous novel (yes, if you're going to do this, do it properly. Start at the first book and read your way through, I promise you won't regret it). Focussing on Nazi war criminals, this is a pretty hard hitting subject to read about it, but an excellent plot line meant that I was racing through it, even though I felt pretty uncomfortable at times. 

It is both addictive and terrifying - I wanted to put it down but I couldn't. Always a good sign that I have once again been pulled in by Mr Connolly, only allowed to finish when he says so. Another brilliant instalment, and if you haven't read this series yet I highly recommend that you make it your next read. Just don't blame me if you can't sleep.

A Song of Shadows is out now and you can get it here:

**My thanks to the publisher for my ARC**

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