#Bookvent – Celebrating my top reads of 2017
Day seventeen of #bookvent is a book which just snuck in at the last moment and to be honest, I’m kind of glad. This is one of my favourite series of all time, blending the criminal and the supernatural; the everyday with something a little more … out there. With a flawed protagonist who is trying to do his best for his daughter while searching for justice against a power which goes beyond all that man can see, this book took the series back to the elements which first attracted me to it and had me racing through the first thirteen books in next to no time. My seventeenth #bookvent pick is …
A Game Of Ghosts
by John Connolly
It is deep winter. The darkness is unending.
The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.
Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund’s world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts . . .
With a title such as this, there really is no ambiguity over what you are going to get. In many respects this put me in mind of the old Scottish Prayer about things that go bump in the night, only in this case the ghosts in question, those of the Brethren, do far more than simply go bump. What I love most about the series is the other worldliness in each book. The idea that there truly is a far greater evil in the world than can be explained in simple terms as the act of mankind. There is a wonderful blend of the supernatural, with totally believable and lovable characters rooted in very human concerns – love, family, friendship – but who battle onward for a cause far greater that what they can really understand. We see the development of the story including Charlie Parker’s daughter Sam, a slow building understanding of who, or perhaps what, she really is. There are also some very carefully crafted and yet overwhelmingly emotional scenes between Louis and Angel that will have you thinking more about the mortality of this seemingly infallible team. And there is a shock in store for one of the longer running characters in the series. I certainly wasn’t expecting that. I am dreading the time when there isn’t a new Charlie Parker release to look forward to, something I fear is imminent. For now, I am happy to revel in every last tale and wait patiently for the next.
YOu can read my full review of A Game of Ghosts right here, and order a copy of the book from the following links.
Happy #bookvent reading all