Synopses & Reviews
But that is the nature of revenge. It escalates. It cannot be controlled. One hurt invites another, on and on until the original injury is all but forgotten in the chaos of what follows.
John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling have quickly made him one of today's preeminent thriller writers. Now, in The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal, unclean desires, and murder a story of never-ending evil whose conclusion is not yet written.
Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has gone missing. His daughter insists that he killed himself after allegations surfaced that he had betrayed his patients to foul and evil men but when a killer obsessed with uncovering the truth behind his own daughter's disappearance comes seeking revenge, long-forgotten secrets begin to emerge. Hired by Dr. Clay's daughter to protect her from the predator on the loose, tortured and ingenious private detective Charlie Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth to be revealed and those who will go to any length to keep it hidden.
John Connolly masterfully intertwines secret lives and secret sins with the violence that so often lies beneath the surface of the honeycomb world in this gripping page-turner. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and elegantly written, The Unquiet is John Connolly at his chilling best.
"In this scary, cerebral thriller from bestseller Connolly, his fifth to feature world-weary Maine PI Charlie Parker (after 2005's The Black Angel), Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his wife and daughter, who died under mysterious circumstances that left him guilt-ridden. Parker is drawn again into the darkest recesses of human nature when a new client, Rebecca Clay, retains him to protect her against a menacing stalker, Frank Merrick, who believes Rebecca knows the whereabouts of her father, Daniel, a child psychiatrist who vanished years before. Merrick suspects Daniel knows the truth about the fate of his own young daughter, whom Daniel treated and who disappeared without a trace while Merrick was incarcerated. Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings. 12-city author tour. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Connolly weaves elements of the supernatural into a disturbing, very dark tale....The disquieting subject, coupled with Connolly's dark, lyrical prose, will leave unshakable images lurking on the edge of the reader's consciousness." Booklist
"Gimmicks aside, complex hero Parker is the chief draw in The Unquiet he's got a revenge-inspired evil streak to him, but metes out justice freely to those who truly deserve it. (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly
"Connolly's books often contain passages of horrific violence, but The Unquiet is less violent and more subtly disturbing....[H]e does it in lyrical, almost poetic language which grips and chills." The Telegraph (U.K.)
"Skillfully weaving the supernatural into drama-filled suspense, in The Unquiet Connolly again manages to sets the hair at the back of your neck on end from the first page, where it stays to the last." Yorkshire Post (U.K.)
"Connolly has always had a talent for invoking a frightening sense of place in his stories. Landscapes are as potentially evil as his characters, and in the gothic woods and windblown seascapes of Maine he has found the perfect milieu." Rocky Mountain News
Private detective Charlie Parker is faced with untangling a twisted story brimming with betrayal, secrets, and murder when a psychiatrist goes missing following revelations about the harm done to children in his care.
About the Author
John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, The Black Angel, and The Book of Lost Things. He is a regular contributor to the Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at www.johnconnolly.co.uk.