Thursday, April 14, 2016
Review of The Whisperers by John Connolly (Hodder, 2011)
The Whisperers is the ninth book in the Charlie Parker series set in Maine. In this outing, Parker is tasked with discovering why a small group of Iraqi veterans are taking their own lives. Of the series I’ve read so far, this is the strongest tale. Connolly is a first rate writer who crafts expressive and captivating prose, though sometimes I don’t quite connect fully with the story or supporting characters. In The Whisperers, however, all the elements were on point – the hook concerning the strange suicides and the smuggling of antiquities, the social commentary on the Iraqi war and the treatment of veterans, the investigation, the sense of place, the characterisation and social relations, and the plotting. The result is an engaging, informative and tense read grounded in strong research that contextualises but doesn’t swamp the narrative which kept me turning pages into the early hours. A thoroughly entertaining tale.