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The Unquiet by John Connolly
== Plot synopsis ==
This is the sixth book in the Charlie Parker series. Parker is a private detective who lost his wife and child to a serial killer in an earlier novel. He usually helps to solve cases that have some supernatural element or truly evil people behind them.
Parker is hired by Rebecca Clay, the daughter of a psychologist called Daniel Clay, who disappeared without trace many years ago. This was due to revelations about child abuse going on with the children that he was supposed to be helping / treating.
A stranger comes calling who believes Daniel Clay is not dead and Rebecca knows where he is.
Parker investigates and comes up against people who want the truth to come out and those who wish it to remain buried . . .
== My thoughts ==
I would say this novel falls into the mystery / thriller categories. There isn't as much supernatural elements in this as in some of his earlier novels. I would recommend you read his earlier novels first though to understand some of the references made and the back-story to the characters that appear in this.
This novel deals with paedophilia so it is a disturbing read even though it doesn't go into a great deal of detail into the crimes themselves. I would say that I thought this was a well crafted piece of fiction. I liked the fact that there weren't as many supernatural elements in this novel as in some of his earlier novels such as 'The Black Angel'.
Parker along with his two friends Angel and Louis mainly conduct a standard investigation with some violence along the way.
Again as in earlier novels, the author has created 3-dimensional characters that you can empathise with.
There are a few twists that kept me hooked all the way through. I especially liked the ending to this which I wasn't expecting.
== Audio and availability ==
This was read by Jeff Harding. As stated in previous reviews of audio books that he has narrated, I am not a big fan of his voice but I kept listening due to the gripping writing style of the author. It is 14 hours and 23 mins in length. The audio CD of this is available from the Isis Publishing website (www.isis-publishing.co.uk) for £34.49. You may want to check in your local library first though.
== Summary and recommendation ==
I give this 5 stars. This is a well told and expertly crafted novel that keeps you hooked all the way through. I probably enjoyed this more than the last novel in this series, 'The Black Angel' and this is one of the best ones in the whole series to date.
Well worth picking up.