Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Review of The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly (Hodder, 2012)
My impression from reading several of John Connolly’s books is that he’s a natural born storyteller. His writing appears effortless rather than being worked at: it’s engaging and evocative, possessing a strong voice which seems to talk directly to the reader - it sounds as good read out loud as it reads on the page. The Wrath of Angels is the eleventh book in the Charlie Parker series and the characters are now very well established, with several beyond his sidekicks Louie and Angel making an appearance, as is the kind of case that Parker finds himself entangled in - and he is always entangled, rather than simply investigating. As ever, the characterisation is nicely realised, with some very nice verbal interchanges, there is a deep sense of place with respect to Maine, and the story is infused with supernatural elements without them over-dominating the story or pushing the tale off into fantasy. The plot is interesting and engaging, and infused with a darkness and underlying tension, but is rather straightforward and a little too linear, especially towards the end. Indeed, the ending seemed a bit rushed, the denouement being rather too neat. Nonetheless, The Wrath of Angels is a very solid addition to the series.