Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil. At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that ‘The Travelling Man’ is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.
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I’ve had Every Dead Thing on my (personal) TBR for possibly well over a year. Obviously it’s been on my radar as so many people have been raving about it so I picked it up recently to see what the fuss was about!
When we meet Charlie Parker, he is a broken man. Devastated from the horrific killing of his wife and daughter, he is destroyed by grief. Not thinking straight, he agrees to look into a missing girl. What follows is a chilling game of cat and mouse with a killer called The Travelling Man.
John Connolly is an excellent writer, there is no disputing that fact. His prose is so brilliantly descriptive and his characterisation is spot on. Charlie Parker is a wonderful character. Battling his own demons and dealing with everything that’s thrown at him, the reader is constantly gripped by his journey.
Elements of the supernatural, coupled with an investigation riddled with corruption and conspiracies, Every Dead Thing is a really solid start to the series. While it didn’t grab me completely, I am definitely looking forward to reading more from John Connolly.
Recommended for sure!