Drum roll please…
John Connolly’s Book of Bones.
Now 17 books into his New York Timesbestselling series, John Connolly is still going strong. His latest Charlie Parker thriller, A Book of Bones, is one of my absolute favorites in the franchise, and some of Connolly’s finest work to date.
One of the things I love about this series is how it’s grown over time. When readers were first introduced to Charlie in the 1999 novel Every Dead Thing, Parker was a tormented soul in search of answers following the gruesome unsolved murders of his wife and daughter. Now, all these years later, Connolly’s lead is much more at peace and has even found a way to communicate with his daughter. The tone and feel of the series has shifted a bit (becoming more supernatural), all intentional, no doubt, and looking back it’s easy to see how Connolly has grown as a writer with each book.
This time around, Parker and his gang are facing off yet again with Quayle, an English attorney who some believe is immortal. The two first met up in last year’s The Woman in the Woods, but now, Connolly takes their battle to another level. Parker has already stopped Quayle from ending the world, but with another sinister plot in the works, not to mention some deadly activity in Amsterdam linked to a crazy new religion, Charlie once again has his work cut out for him.
Coming in at a whopping 688 pages, John Connolly’s latest reads much faster than its considerable bulk might suggest, and by the end, readers will be begging for the next volume, presumably due out in the fall of 2020. Settle in and get ready to stay put . . . once you start this one, it’s impossible to stop.