Being the 18th book in the series, but also a prequel of sorts, this novel is quite different from the usual fare.
This time, we’re in Arkansas and Charlie Parker is fresh off the police force, which was kind of by mutual agreement. He’s also relatively fresh off the brutal murder of his wife and daughter. Upon searching for clues in that case, he becomes tangled up in a local murder mystery involving the deaths of three young girls. The local law invites him to stay and assist in their investigation and at first, Parker declines. But upon further thought on his way out of town, he turns back and agrees to help. Will he be able to help track down this brutal killer? You’ll have to read this to find out!
It was hard going back with Charlie so fresh after his heartbreaking losses. His grief feels so real to the reader, I swear I felt my own heart crack. Even this soon after the tragedy though, his eyes and body language speak intensity and violence to whomever he meets. He’s not popular in Burdon County, pretty much right off the bat, and the animosity builds every day he remains in town.
I’m going to leave off the plot, other than a few generalities. There were 2 characters I was hoping to see, and they do make an appearance. Even at that time period, we can see and feel how loyal and how strong of a friendship was formed between them. There were other characters, though, both alive and dead that didn’t make an appearance, and though I noticed that, I did not miss them.
Once again, John Connolly delivers. It’s never just the usual murder mystery with him, but this time, it actually was. There was barely a hint of the supernatural at all. It really doesn’t matter to me at this point. If John Connolly wrote it, I’ll read it and tell everyone about it!
My highest recommendation!
*Thank you to Atria, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*