Thursday 12 September 2013


The Lovers by John Connolly
Read by Jeff Harding
Book 8 of Charlie Parker series
Genre: paranormal crime fiction
Format: paperback, unabridged audiobook

About The Lovers:
Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator's license and under scrutiny by the police, Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. But he uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of his own past and an inquiry into the death of his father, who took his own life after apparently shooting dead two unarmed teenagers. It's a search that will eventually lead Parker to question all that he believed about his beloved parents, and about himself.But there are other forces at work: a troubled young woman who is running from an unseen threat, one that has already taken the life of her boyfriend; and a journalist-turned-writer named Mickey Wallace, who is conducting an investigation of his own. And haunting the shadows, as they have done throughout Parker's life, are two figures: a man and a woman who seem driven to bring an end to Charlie Parker's existence.

Haunting, lyrical, and impossible to put down, "The Lovers" is John Connolly at his best.
Source: Info in the About The Lovers was taken from GoodReads at on 28/10/2012.

The last book, The Reapers, was about Angel and Louis. This book is all about Charlie. Here we delve deeper into Charlie's history and psyche. And we learn what makes him tick and why. It added depth to the series seeing that this series is about Charlie. The character development has always been very good with John Connolly but my appreciation of Connolly's skills has been made even keener with this book's presentation of Charlie. Also new players are revealed and new twists to the over-arc-ing plot of the series is being presented. I like it that more "angels" and "demons" are being brought to the forefront of the story! Dials up the interest factor up several notches! In fact, it was so interesting that this is my favouritest book in the series!! The world building was already beautiful to begin with but with this book it suddenly bloomed and morphed into an even more beautiful landscape. Looking forward to reading the next book!!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = N/A (11 hrs and 50 mins listening time)
Plot = 4.5
Narrator = 5

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries


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