The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker Series #12)

The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker Series #12)

by John Connolly
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The Wolf in Winter (Charlie Parker Thriller #13) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
MaraBlaise More than 1 year ago
Charlie Parker investigates the death of tramp with a missing daughter. And the search takes him to the city Prosperous, a peaceful and affluent little town in Main with an old stone church. But the town has a dark secret and there are people in the city that will do anything to protect the secret. The story in the book slowly builds up, you get to know the new characters involved and you follow Charlie as he tries to get to the bottom of the case with the dead tramp and his missing daughter. It’s never boring, John Connolly carefully draws you into the story and everything builds up to a violent finale. I was a bit troubled that there was so little Angel and Louis in first half of the book, but I needed not worry, they returned to the story with a vengeance. The only complain I have is that I wanted a bigger confrontation in the end. It was over a bit too soon, and that was a bit of a let down. The hardest part for me reading this book was putting it down but at the same time I almost didn’t want to finish it since I knew that after I finish the book I will have a long wait for the next book. Gone are the days when I had several Charlie Parker books to read through. Although I’m a bit tempted to re-read the books, especially the first ones that I read.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Best for fans of the series I received an advance reader edition of this book from Atria Books via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. 3 Stars It is really my fault. I take full responsibility on this one. I saw this book on Net Galley and thought it would be a great read. It probably was.....to fans of the series. That's right - I thought I could jump into a series on book number 12 and not have any problems. Boy was I ever wrong. This was one of those books that I liked at times and just wanted to finish at other times. I liked the parts of the book that focused solely on the main storyline in this book. I was bored by all of the parts that were not directly tied to that storyline. I am guessing that the pieces of this book that I did not like were part of a story arc that spans several books in the series. I am sure that fans of this series loved those parts but I really just wanted to get back to the mystery. The death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter brings the town of Prosperous to the attention of Charlie Parker. As Charlie looks into Prosperous, he finds that there may be more going on in that town than just good fortune. As the town protects its secrets, Charlie works to find out what is really going on in the town of Prosperous. I had such high hopes for this book. I love anything supernatural and I love a good mystery. The Charlie Parker series is described and a blending of the two and I do think that it that blending is well executed. I was a bit surprised to find after reading the book that Charlie Parker was in less than 25% of the story by my rough estimates. Most of what we learn regarding the mystery of Prosperous is comes from parts of the book told from various residents of that town. The mystery in Prosperous was great. It was exciting and interesting. It was well told and I found myself totally engrossed in the story. Unfortunately, that was usually when the story would switch to something not connected to the Prosperous mystery and I would grow bored. I really think that this book is really best for readers of the series. I am actually curious how I would feel about this series if I actually read it from the beginning. I did like John Connolly's style of writing so I would like to read more of his work....but no more jumping around in the series for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read for fans of the series but also a great starter book if you havent read any of the others
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Wolf in Winter by John Connolly Prosperous, Maine is a strange place. Isolated and insular, not very friendly to outsiders and yet, as named, it prospers while neighboring communities suffer economic downturns and tragedy. Oh, and there is a really cool yet very odd church in town. This is a church that was disassembled in England and brought over to Maine when the residents of an English village immigrated to Maine, has an old cemetery attached to it, and few members. All in all, it is a strange little village that would have never attracted the attention of a PI unless something had gone seriously weird. And the weird came out in force.
 Charlie Parker is a PI with an odd and dangerous group of friends who takes on the investigation of an acquaintance’s death. Parker is a man with conflicting feelings which drive him to be both compassionate and ruthless. The characters and the plot are well developed and there are several surprises. The story moves along quickly with lots of twists and turns. I’ve read it more than once and it holds up to rereading. It’s a great thriller and while part of a series you don't need to have read the previous novels.
walc More than 1 year ago
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Reading a Charlie Parker novel, or anything written by John Connolly, one finds not only a traditional mystery, but much more: fantasy, history, legend, and clean prose. All that and then some is present in this, the 12th novel in the series As far as a simple mystery plot is concerned, Charlie is enticed into finding a missing daughter of a homeless man, a friend; the young woman apparently is an ex-drug addict attempting to pull herself together. The story is that she supposedly received a job offer from an elderly couple to work in Prosperous, Me. However, Charlie is stonewalled by the chief of police of the town. who claims the girl was never seen in Prosperous. Then fantasy enters the picture, as facts about the history and development of Prosperous are introduced, and weird goings-on they are. The author’s imagination rises in this novel to a level that is not only is tormenting but dazzling and dark. It is a thriller of the first order and is heartily recommended. It yet remains to be seen what comes in the next entry: “A Song of Shadows,” next up for this reader.
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Ive read all the Parker books and am always on the look out for them. Hes one of my favorite fictional characters. This book is good. There are some slow spots but it cant all be crash and burn. The town in this is very creepy. Id recommend if your a Parker fan. Very touching. Thank you Mr Connolly!
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Bloggabook More than 1 year ago
I will admit to being a little disappointed in this one. But first, the good stuff.. This is a most excellently written novel. The voices used complement the story without confusion or complexity.  The historical background and references are top notch and give this story just the mysticism that it needs. Having been the first book that involves this character, I did feel a little behind the curve on some background and character information. Not enough that it made this book hard to decipher but enough that it slowed me down some and perhaps I missed out on some nuances.  Through whatever magic Mr. Connolly has at his disposal, he gave more life into these characters than most fiction stories I have read. I truly felt for these characters and had a sense that their own ideas were actually driving their decisions.  The creepiness factor of this town is palpable. It's almost as creepy as Wayward Pines in those Blake Crouch novels.  So that is a lot of good stuff, now the knock I have against it. The ending of this story really takes a turn, and it doesn't feel right for the rest of the story or the characters either.  I highly recommend you read it yourself. Maybe we'll draw the same conclusion but either way, you'll have read a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most series get stuck in a pattern and if you like a repeat stick with it. This is much like a wide choice of ice cream and always getting chocolate