Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller

A Time of Torment by John Connolly – Charlie Parker #14

I was given this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Apparently, this novel is part of a series. I did not know that when I received it but I realized this fact soon enough. Either way, it had a very intriguing plot that combined mystery and the supernatural so I was happy to give it a shot!

Jerome Burnel was once a hero, who saved multiple lives during a robbery. But in the process, he doomed himself. His life went to pieces and he came out of his ordeal as a broken man. But it isn’t over yet. There are still those hunting him, waiting to take him down and send a message to others. Jerome knows this and turns to the only person he believes can help him: private detective Charlie Parker. Jerome tells him of the series of events that led him to this point and how he is being hunted by a sect of people that worship a dark and dangerous entity. Charlie Parker listens in silence. He is not like other men. He has died and been reborn and is ready to wage war against forces unknown. Charlie knows that in order to discover the identity of this entity, he must descent upon this sect, known as the Cut, and find out how to stop the men who rule in the name of the being they serve.

After reading this novel, the first thing that came to my mind was “where has this series been all my life?!” It is absolutely fantastic. It is dark and mysterious and creepy as hell. I wish I had read a couple of the previous books in the series so that I could follow along with some of the references to the past, but it wasn’t necessary for this story and I was able to enjoy the novel. I love the way the author weaves in multiple voices and exposes the Cut for the twisted community it is. The character of Charlie Parker remains an enigma – just the way I like my detectives! This is one of the best books I have gotten the chance to review before release and I strongly urge fans of John Connolly as well as those who haven’t read anything by him to BUY THIS NOVEL IMMEDIATELY! I promise that it will NOT disappoint!

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