This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.A Time of Torment by John Connolly
Series: Charlie Parker #14
Genres: Crime and suspense, Thriller
Release Date: April 7, 2016
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Purchase at: Amazon
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.
But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.
Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.
Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.
All in the name of the being they serve.
All in the name of the Dead King.
As my moniker implies I like to flirt across literary genres. I try to dip into mostly every kind of genre and I find I have not read a thriller in a few months. This book, A Time of Torment, hits that note as well as being part horror and part mystery all rolled up into one. I have not read a previous book in the Charlie Parker series and as this was my introduction into this world I can say that I was able to pick up the story with little difficulty but that it would have been useful to me if I had at least read the previous book in the series. The story picks up after Charlie had been seriously injured and there were backstories that would have been better understood if I had more context.
This is not a story for the faint of heart. The plot and sub-plots are all masterfully done but understand that most of the characters are broken and dark in their own way and the characters that are technically of an innocent nature are there for the point of making the villains even more deplorable through their crimes. If you are a fan of Stephen King then make room on your bookshelf for any number of this series. You will not be disappointed in the least.
They’re circling now, then falling, descending in a slow gyre, dropping so gently that their approach can barely be discerned. They are hawks in the form of men, and the one who leads them is a being doubly transformed: lost and found, human and bird; youngest of them, yet strangely old. He has endured, and in this endurance he has been forged anew. He has seen a world beyond this one. He has glimpsed the face of a new god.
This is not a who-done-it murder mystery. This is a full on decent into a realm made up of grey and black.It is eloquently written and you are drawn in from the beginning because the language is compelling. You are in the present, drawn to the past, taken to the gates of hades and brought through tragedy. You will walk with the victims and villains as you are shown their torment and their sadism. This story is told in a slow fashion but it is building up to a bone-chilling ending that leaves you wanting more.
*Thank you to Atria Books & NetGalley for this eARC of A Time of Torment*