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Burning Soul

Burning Soul

Written by John Connolly

Narrated by George Guidall and Tony Ward


Burning Soul

Written by John Connolly

Narrated by George Guidall and Tony Ward

ratings:
4.5/5 (31 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Sep 6, 2011
ISBN:
9781442340619
Format:
Audiobook

Description

What's the worst thing you've ever done?

"There are some truths so terrible that they should not be spoken aloud, so appalling that even to acknowledge them is to risk sacrificing a crucial part of one's humanity, to exist in a colder, crueler world than before."

Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

But another girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor's Bay itself, and her family has its own secrets to protect. Now, in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, Parker must unravel a twisted history of violence and deceit involving the police and the FBI, a doomed mobster and his enemies, and Randall Haight himself.

Because Randall is telling lies. . . .
Released:
Sep 6, 2011
ISBN:
9781442340619
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of thrillers, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.

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  • (4/5)
    The beginning of the story plods initially, but soon gathers momentum, and the portrayal of the perpetually troubled Charlie as ever rings true. This is more a detective story than a horror novel, but Connolly places plot twists which keep the reader turning the page.
  • (5/5)
    Charlie Parker is hired by a man whose past includes murdering a girl when he was himself a juvenile. When a teenaged girl who lives in the same town as Parker's client disappears, the detective can't help but wonder if he's on the wrong side in this case.
  • (3/5)
    John Connolly is huge favorite of mine. His Charlie Parker series is must-read both for its writing and for Connolly's wonderful, dark, Irish storytelling skills.The Burning Soul is the latest in the series and it's a good one, although maybe not a great one. I still want more Louis and Angel and I want more of the tone that pervades my favorite of the series (and the first one that I read) Dark Hollow. Good John Connolly is always better than 99.9% of what you'll read so I'm not damning with faint praise.Set in the deep, dark, and mysterious parts of Maine, Charlie Parker and his cohorts are drawn into a mystery surrounding the disappearance of a young girl and the scrutiny this brings to Randall Haight, a citizen of a small town living in quiet anonymity. Mr. Haight has a big secret and it's coming back to bite him and everyone around him.Charlie becomes obsessed with finding the girl and doing right by another girl who was raped and murdered long ago and who seems to be haunting him along with the spirit of his dead daughter. There's plenty of mystery and atmosphere to go around, but the sense of urgency is just slightly off and things are just slightly more predictable than I expect of Mr. Connolly.
  • (4/5)
    John Connolly writes elibantly about a small town in Maine and how it affects the people when a teenage girl goes missing.Randall Haight is a private man who doesn't want his past known. When he was a teenager, he and another boy murdered a fourteen year old girl.After serving 18 years in prison, Randall was released and given new identity. Now there is a new girl missing and he beging to get photos of the murder site when he murdered the girl in his youth. He doesn't want to go to the authorities because he thinks he'll become the scapegoat for the new missing girl. He hires PI Charlie Parker to put a stop to the harassing he's getting.Connolly writes in a literary style as we observe Parker who doesn't want to take the case but when he's made aware that the person doing the harassing could be the current girl's kidnapper, he takes the case.There are a number of parallel story lines that come together in a tidy conclusion with some interesting plot twists and surprises that entertain the reader.Although not one of Connolly's best, it's still Connolly and he writes a thriller with a punch and shouldn't be missed.
  • (5/5)
    The continuing odyssey of our troubled anti-hero Charlie Parker. A man who as a child,together with a friend,killed a little girl, has served his time and has been given a new identity in a small town. He begins to receive a series of anonymous photographs linking him with the murder and through a lawyer asks Parker to help and protect him.Parker,helped by Louis and Angel,begin their investigations,but another girl disappears and doubts begin to bubble up about this man.More of a straight crime story than most of the series. Although there are still supernatural aspects,they are kept somewhat in the background here.This is yet another winner by John Connolly and I look forward to the next offering with keen enthusiasm.
  • (5/5)
    This is very different from the other Charlie Parker books in that there is not as much sci-fi as the others. Still very good and an amazing plot with twists and turns that keep you going through the end
  • (4/5)
    A good, taut Charlie Parker story. Very little supernatural, but potent in its use. An interesting tale of human nature and how the damage done to and by children is far reaching for all of us. As the best Parker episodes are, sad and creepy all at once.
  • (4/5)
    It’s almost impossible to review anything by Irish genius John Connolly without descending into hyperbole because the man is utterly brilliant. Having said that, let’s turn to his latest book, the 10th in the Charlie Parker series.. Randall Haight kidnapped and killed a young girl many years ago: after being released from prison he became a semi-recluse, living in the Maine village of Pastor’s Bay. Now, years later, he receives a series of anonymous letters – someone knows his secret – and then a young girl is abducted… Charlie Parker is called in to investigate, bringing with him some of the old favourites like the gay pair Louis and Angel, and the frighteningly funny Fulci brothers. Mysterious, melancholy yet thrilling and delightfully witty, Burning Soul is typical Connolly, i.e. excellent
  • (4/5)
    The story begins with the disappearance of a 14 year old girl from a mall. But we soon learn that Randall Haight along with a friend, Lonny, killed a 14 year old girl. Randall and Lonny did 18 years in prison but were offered that chance to start new when they got out with new identities.Randall has been living quietly in Pastor’s Bay as a reclusive accountant. But someone has learned about his past and is starting to send him pictures and video. Charlie is asked by Randall’s attorney to find out who is blackmailing him. But Charlie thinks there is more to Randall’s story then he is being told. Plus there is a little girl that needs to be found, hopefully alive.This is the 10th Charlie Parker mystery from John Connolly. I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect since this is the first book in this series that I have read. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. There was a really good story with lots of twists and turns. I kind of figured out the end, but it was still really good.But there are a couple things that I did not agree with. There is a short jaunt where these two guys save a 14 year old girl from prostitution, which I cannot figure out why it was even in the book. The other thing that got to me was the fact that the story dragged on and on with all the description. Don’t get me wrong, it made the book really vibrant but it also made the story longer than it needed to be.This is one book that I recommend people read if they like mysteries. I even started getting other books in this story so I can start from the beginning.I received this book free from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab.