A Gothic horror story and a well-paced thriller. John Connolly writes beautifully ... and his violent set pieces are satisfyingly exciting and vibrantly realised.
Stylishly literate gore and terror
There is a precision to the horrors that make them one of the few sequences to have found anything interesting to say about serial killers since Thomas Harris.
Dark and powerful yet beautifully written
Great narrative talent packed with vivid scenes and sequences. An impressive feat of storytelling
Satisfying and literate thrill ride
John Connolly has taken his serial hero and changed him from an ex-cop turned private eye to a supernatural detective whose own ancestry is as murky as it is fascinating. It's another bestseller of course.
One to keep you up at night
Private detective Charlie Parker chases strung out prostitutes and ossuary-building killers in a page-turner that harks back to the fall of the rebel angels.. The action stays both speedy and gruesome
'This is not just a powerful thriller, it's also a titanic battle between the forces of good and evil, with religion and the supernatural stirred into the brew. . . his most operatically large scale book yet.'
'If all the Old Testament mumbo-jumbo recalls The Da Vinci Code, The Black Angel is still five times as suspenseful and at least ten times as compelling.'
Connolly has virtually no match when it comes to chilling his readers.
Colourful but visceral grand guignol, and definitely not to be read at night.
The master of supernatural sleuthery.