A Time of Torment by John Connolly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In A Time of Torment, Charlie Parker is on yet another investigation that leads to a dark and twisted path. When Jerome Burnel, an accused pedophile, gets out of prison and wants to know who set him up, he hires Parker to find out more. This leads the investigation to the Cut, a small community protected by decades of self-reliance and committing crime to stay alive.
This is the first Charlie Parker novel I've read, so I didn't know what to expect at first. Like many suspense novels, the first third of the book dumps a lot of information and a lot of characters onto the reader, but eventually you get to put all the pieces together along with Parker. While the majority of the story is self-contained, some peeks at Parker's past are addressed, which make little to no sense unless you've read the previous novels. The other thing that threw me off was the mix of supernatural elements into the story. It's not quite clear whether it's the criminals, Parker or his family that create this otherworldly element to the story, but it wasn't explained or resolved in this book.
*Received this book vie NetGalley
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