A strange, compelling mixture of genuinely scary gothic horror, humour and hard-nosed crime, The Lovers is among his best. Best read by torchlight in a broken-down car, right at the end of a forest track. During a storm.
His latest plot is a clever mixture of quest and chase, written in prose that unfolds at warp speed, and rarely fails to sing.
You may think at times you are reading a literary novel but then Connolly will remind you he's just as adept at the violent strategies of the thriller. Either way you will be left shaken by the experience.
'Superbly written . . . another excellent entry in the Charlie Parker series and can be easily read as a stand-alone' 4 stars
An intriguing blend of fast-paced crime fiction and fantasy.
As ever with Connolly, the macabre narrative is couched in prose that is often allusive and poetic.
Tremendous stuff, as Connolly's novels always are.
A tightly plotted, beautifully constructed novel where John Connolly exhibits his considerable skills.
More restrained and reflective . . . but no less powerful
Visionary brand of neo-noir . . . terrifically exciting, tightly plotted . . . written in an uncommonly fine, supple, sensuous prose.