Today for “Readers Write.,” I’m welcoming guest reviewer Cherry from the fabulous Cherry Mischievous website, who’s sharing a review of The Wrath of Angels, the newest book from one of her favorite series, John Connolly’s Charlie Parker paranormal crime series. This is a series I haven’t read but it has definitely gone on my wish list. I really do need more time to read! (And I’ll be announcing two weeks’ worth of giveaways on Saturday, so please go ahead and enter this week. My day job has just run away with me!)
ABOUT THE WRATH OF ANGELS: In the depths of the Maine woods, the wreckage of an aeroplane is discovered. There are no bodies, and no such plane has ever been reported missing, but men both good and evil have been seeking it for a long, long time. What the wreckage conceals is more important than money: it is power. Hidden in the plane is a list of names, a record of those who have struck a deal with the Devil. Now a battle is about to commence between those who want the list to remain secret and those who believe that it represents a crucial weapon in the struggle against the forces of darkness….The race to secure the prize draws in private detective Charlie Parker, a man who knows more than most about the nature of the terrible evil that seeks to impose itself on the world, and who fears that his own name may be on the list. It lures others too: a beautiful, scarred woman with a taste for killing; a silent child who remembers his own death; and the serial killer known as the Collector, who sees in the list new lambs for his slaughter…..But as the rival forces descend upon this northern state, the woods prepare to meet them, for the forest depths hide other secrets….Someone has survived the crash….Some thing has survived the crash….And it is waiting . . .(Description taken from publisher information on Goodreads)
A SCENE I’D READ TWICE: My favourite scene of course involved my favourite characters. I just love Sam!! In my head I see a mischievous and angelic Shirley Temple who is also a little girly version of Charlie Parker.
THE WORLD: This is Book 11 in the series so the world building is by now, well established in my reader’s mind. Book 1 was a straight crime fiction. Then slowly John Connolly introduced the paranormal elements. I like the “angels and demons” theme as the over-arcing plot for the series. What I didn’t like was that sometimes John Connolly introduces a paranormal element which is left hanging in the air with the slimmest, threadbare connection to the story. However, these would eventually make more sense in subsequent books. And by the way, Book 12 wouldn’t come out until about next year… *sigh*
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