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A Thriller it is Not!

  • Feb 6, 2008
I am surprised by all the positive reviews this book received on Amazon. It starts out like an eerie Twilight Zone episode with a carnival barker who can guess people's age, weight, and profession. He is visited by a mysterious and dangerous stranger who leaves quite an impression from him. It is then years later and Rebecca Clay is being stalked by the same stranger who wants to know what happened to her missing father. Rebecca hires a private detective, Charlie Parker to protect her. From there it goes downhill. The next 150 pages or so are brutally boring as Parker tries to defend Rebecca from the stranger (we learn his name is Frank Merrick) and also is interested in learning about her missing father. His encounters with Merrick have no suspense nor do his brushes with a group of men that have the nickname "hollow men." The hollow men wear bird masks and apparently attack children. Merrick warns Parker to butt out of everything and not to ask about "the project" (of course he will).

If that sounds exciting, it really is not. The author's style lulled me practically to sleep and I didn't care about the fate of Rebecca's father and there was virtually no suspense regarding the project. I forced myself to finish this book thinking I was missing something but discovered the only thing that was missing was a well told story.

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Starred Review.In this scary, cerebral thriller from bestseller Connolly, his fifth to feature world-weary Maine PI Charlie Parker (after 2005'sThe Black Angel), Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his wife and daughter, who died under mysterious circumstances that left him guilt-ridden. Parker is drawn again into the darkest recesses of human nature when a new client, Rebecca Clay, retains him to protect her against a menacing stalker, Frank Merrick, who believes Rebecca knows the whereabouts of her father, Daniel, a child psychiatrist who vanished years before. Merrick suspects Daniel knows the truth about the fate of his own young daughter, whom Daniel treated and who disappeared without a trace while Merrick was incarcerated. Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.12-city author tour. (May)
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ISBN-10: 0743298934
ISBN-13: 978-0743298933
Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Atria

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