Connolly does the chill factor brilliantly, creating horror out of the sort of misguided religious fervour not seen since Waco. Mass graves, Parker's sixth sense and deadly spiders set the mind and pulse racing.
Connolly's achievement is a literary thriller, charged with menace from beginning to end, taut as it is terrifying.
'As the body count increases, Connolly introduces a chilling new villain and an age-old legend. Together they'll keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't read it alone!
The unrivalled master of Maine noir. Menace has never been so seductive.
Connolly has become the leading commentator on Maine's morbidity
Arachnophobes should give this novel a wide berth
What makes Parker intriguing is precisely that, though a crusader against evil, he has a dark side: he is haunted by the past, his capacity for violence and guilt.
Connolly's characters have substance beyond vehicles for horror, and this is what puts him ahead in a crowded genre race
John Connolly knows how to get you to check the lock on your door before you put the lights out and again before you get into bed.
Fast-paced, violent thriller writing done with consummate skill.
Connolly's reflections on evil, the past, and reparation are lyrical and affecting, and his grim fundamentalists send off frissons.
Elias Pudd makes Hannibal Lecter seem like Little Lord Fauntleroy. Gripping, intricately plotted, this is no ordinary thriller. . . Also becoming more apparent are the depths of this author's psychological acumen, literary skills and prodigious creativity.
As John Connolly plunges ever deeper into the underworld of the damned, the reader, with eyes of slits, must cling on for this brilliantly terrifying ride.