I just finished the new Charlie Parker thriller A TIME OF TORMENT by John Connolly.

Before this I had re-read all the previous novels in the series.  Connolly mixes the mysteries with just enough supernatural to offer a different spin on the series.  Parker is a very interesting character and I’ve enjoyed reading his stories.

Still his newest book, while a good read, felt like Parker wasn’t even a main character in his own novel.  And it wasn’t like Connolly decided to focus on one of the secondary characters.  Most of the focus seemed to be on the villains of the story and while there’s nothing wrong with this approach it left little room for much character growth for the main character.  And considering there was a major development concerning his daughter Sam with very little appearance from the girl in the book it just felt like something of a let down.

Like I said I enjoyed the book, Connolly is a very talented writer and I spent two nights reading it so I could finish it, but I felt slightly disappointed.  Parker seems to be at a cross roads in his life and definitely the revelations concerning Sam require more reading, there just wasn’t enough of either in this book.

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