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A Time of Torment (2016)

by John Connolly

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A story of pure evil. A story imbued with characters who act out of pure vindictive malevolence. But the writing is fabulous. As much as the story disturbed me each time I put the book down it called me back to find out how, why. The fact that this can be written ascribes veracity to the possibility of this as a reality. Completely horrifying. But the writing is fabulous.
  kimkimkim | Aug 21, 2017 |
Connolly’s Charlie Parker series has been remarkable for superb writing, chilling spirituality, page-turning thrills, and enormous fun – laugh-out-loud humour.

PI Parker, with lethal sidekicks Angel and Louis, is investigating the ex-con Jerome Burnel: Jerome has served a sentence for possession of child pornography, and now wants his innocence proved.

The trail leads to The Cut, where a reclusive cult worships The Dead King with unspeakable acts; as always, we trust Charlie to restore sanctity to the area.

Time of Torment is not up to the usual standard, lacking the laughter that makes Connolly so special: a good story, wonderful writing, but more woeful than witty. ( )
  adpaton | Aug 11, 2017 |
What Was it about?
Charlie Parker battles an old evil that haunts a strange and isolated community. Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings, and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart, imprisoned and brutalized.

But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death, but was saved; of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.

Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war. Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder. All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.

What Did I Think?
The story might be termed "evil vs worse than evil". But then Charlie Parker is not a normal PI. Ever since his last encounter with death he has changed and if anything he seems more deadly which is rather difficult to believe based on the past books. It's a dark and disturbing story and Connolly holds the reader's interest all the way through and builds the action, along with the story. I found it a bit of a slow start but quickly picked up...so stay with it. I was also glad to see that we learned a bit more about Charlie's daughters...one living and one dead...and certainly not your ordinary children by any means.

I've read that these books can be read as standalones...but for the life me I don't see how. Each book builds on the Parker character and carries new information building the current story on the past ones. No matter how you choose to read them be prepared for a wild ride. ( )
  Carol420 | Jul 27, 2017 |
A Time of Torment is one book that I have been deliberately delayed writing a review for. Not that the book was in any way bad, it's an utterly fantastic book. And, that's the problem. I just didn't know what to write. All I wanted was to tell you all that John Connolly has done it again. He has written a book that is so excruciating good that it's almost painful to finish it.

For those of you that has never read a Charlie Parker is it good to know that this is book 14 in the series and I would advise not to read this book without at least have read the previous book or at least some book before. The journey Charlie Parker is on; his personal crusade is much easier to understand if you have read the books before this one. He is a man haunted, by the death of his wife and child, killed several years ago by a serial killer. However, his dead daughter is still with him, and she also has a connection with his new daughter. His friends are dangerous but loyal and Parker is fighting a battle against the darkness. And in this book is it the Dead King he is going after. And doing so is he going against the Cut community.

The book's story is slow but in a good way. Everything takes its time and it suits the story so well. There is no rush. Everything happens for a reason, there are some revelations that I never saw coming and then comes the final confrontation towards the end.

John Connolly writes in such a way that makes me slow down my reading, I don't want to hurry the story. This is not a book that I feel should be rushed. Connolly's command of the languages is utterly perfect! There are few authors in my experience that can write like Connolly do, to utterly capture the reader's attention and keep it until the end. ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
Private Investigator, Charlie Parker, and his two distinctive assassin friends, Angel and Louis, accept a job from a man recently released from prison. Jerome Burnel was once hailed as a hero who interceded on day at a coffee chop to prevent multiple killings. Shortly after that, his life was torn apart and he was framed as a child pornographer. Jerome also describes The Cut, a remote and inbred community in West Virginia hiding several secrets, including someone known as The Dead King. They are determined to keep society away and don't mind using violence, fear and intimidation to do it.

This is the fourteenth book in the Charlie Parker series and I think it could be read as a standalone but has much deeper meaning if you read at least the two or three books prior to Time of Torment. Charlie has died and then returned to the living. Charlie’s daughters, one living and one dead are becoming increasingly more visible in the last two books, so there is a very strong supernatural element.

This is an amazing series and John Connolly always produces a character driven, literary suspense novel of incredible depth. I listened to the audio narrated by Jeff Harding who did a brilliant job of maintaining the menace facing Charlie, Angel and Louis throughout the story. Connolly never disappoints and I'm looking forward to where he takes Charlie next. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 24, 2017 |
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