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Charlie Parker investigates himself
The Lovers - John Connolly
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The Lovers - John Connolly
Advantages: brilliant read
The Lovers by John Connolly was released the middle of last year but I've only just got round to buying it. Charlie Parker has been stripped of his Private Investigator licence and his weapons licence so he's just killing time working in a bar, unable to investigate any crimes. His mind turns to the suicide of his father after he shot and killed two teenagers for seemingly no reason and he decides to investigate his past and try to figure out why his father shot the teenagers. During his investigation into his past he learns why his father shot them, more about his roots and in part why he attracts evil wherever he goes. This time it's definitely personal.
His partners in crime, Angel and Louis really take a backseat in this book and barely feature as it's very much about Charlie and his past. He returns to his former family home and finds out someone else is following his progress and seems to want to stop him from learning the truth. Who are all the mysterious people that pop up in this book and what do they want with Charlie?
I can tell you without spoiling anything we still don't know what they want with Charlie! I think for the entire mystery of Charlie Parker's life to be wrapped up that quickly would be an unfortunate mistake by the author and he did well not to tie up all the loose ends. We are left with some knowledge at the end of this book but I suspect the remaining question of why so many people want Charlie dead is probably going to turn out to be the finale in the series.
This book has a huge amount of other world aspects to it too, John Connolly always has some undercurrent of spirits, good and bad, but this book is full to the brim of weirdness but it all seems necessary to explain some of Charlie's past dealings with evil from another dimension. Alot of previous encounters he has had start to make a degree of sense after reading this book.
His journey takes him back to the old cop buddies of his father and we often read snippets of what happened on that fateful day through their eyes which is great, just the way it should have been done. Charlie's past is alot darker than he ever imagined but he still doesn't really know why these elements keep affecting him.
This book had me gripped from the start, I love John Connolly's work and how he blends the violence and evil of men with the darker and far more powerful evil of spirits. His books always leave you with a little eerie chill and there are usually a few bits that make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up as you read them. This one is particularly eerie and far more spirit orientated than any of the others I've read. The title? It's explained in the story so I can't tell you why it's called The Lovers!
I think this storyline had to happen at some point because Charlie has always had a curious mysterious streak that has never been explained and sooner or later we needed to know this amount of background about him. From this point on us readers will always be on the lookout for certain evil predators that we now know are out to get him and are drawn to him and I'm sure they will feature again soon.
Personally I like the addition of Angel and Louis in these books so I missed them on this occasion but they couldn't really play much of a part in helping Charlie find out the truth so I understand why they weren't present for most of it.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes dark thrillers with a touch of the supernatural about them. In fact if you like the sound of this one I recommend going back and reading the others first as they are all excellent in their own right but do follow on from each other. I bought my copy for £3.85 from Amazon and I'm glad I bought it rather than borrowed it as I suspect I will read it again in the future. Thoroughly recommended and a full 5 stars from me!
Summary: Highly recommended