A Time of Torment is the latest in Connolly's Charlie Parker series. I don't know why the series is consistently designated private investigator or thriller/suspense and never horror? The series does feature a private investigator, the books are suspenseful thrillers, but they are also horror and supernatural.
I like this series in a weird way, kind of like I enjoy the Preston/Child Agent Pendergast books. Outlandish. Bizarre. This series is more brutal than the Preston/Child books, though.
Maybe I'm a little tired of the strange, evil groups spider-webbed throughout Maine. The Collector was mentioned and played a superfluous role in the beginning of A Time of Torment, then disappears from the main portion of the novel. I'm always curious about The Collector, and as scary as he is, I'm not sure I like the direction his role is taking.
The story line has to do with Jerome Burnel and how his life has been destroyed when the bad guys exact vengeance for Burnel's act of heroism. One good deed results in a very long "time of torment" and not just for Burnel.
Louis and Angel's roles were minimal, and they are my favorite characters. I need that comic relief, and A Time of Torment has next to none. Truthfully, Charlie's character is becoming something symbolic, and as it does, I need Louis and Angel even more.
Does this mean I won't be eager for the next in the series? Nope, even though I liked the last one better than this latest, I'm committed.
Read in April. Blog review scheduled for 7/13/16.
Suspense/Horror. Aug. 2, 2016. Print length: 480 pages.