NYPD detective Charlie Parker's wife and daughter are mutilated and murdered.
Trying to get his life together, he resigns from the department and his former partner asks him to find a young woman who has disappeared. She had been dating a minor drug pusher who is the step-son of a woman Charlie's partner knows from charity work.
Charlie learns that the woman was from a town called Haven and travels there. He learns that the town is trying to forget its history that four young children had been murdered there, including the sister of the woman Charlie is searching for. He's an unwelcome reminder of this past but he persists and learns things about the murderers that amaze everyone.
Once this segment of the story ends, Charlie is asked to come to New Orleans where a friend who is with the FBI wants him to meet a psychic. This woman tells Charlie that she hears the cries of a woman who died in the same manner as Charlie's wife and daughter.
The description of the characters and the heart beating pace of the story is so well done that it is difficult to pause from the dramatic events. The author provides a remedy by having the characters periodically reminisce about things in their past. This serves as a good way for character development.
We also have the underlying story of good versus evil. At one point there is so much evidence of evil that one character speculates that the killer probably believes that he is a representative of the devil.
The book is not for everyone with its descriptions of murdered victims but for fans of books like "The Silence of the Lambs," this is a book the reader won't forget.
read a lot of thrillers every year, and Every Dead Thing is one of the darkest I've ever encountered. Having sampled later entries in the Charlie Parker series, I became curious about the traumatic event that shattered his life, the horrendous murders of his wife and daughter. I got more than I bargained for. This intro to the series opens with that event, and "grisly" doesn't begin to describe the scene. There are no leads, and six months later, Parker, having resigned from his … more