The Woman in the Woods is the latest Charlie Parker novel. Although I am not generally a fan of horror, the Charlie Parker novels combine excellent writing, compelling characters, suspenseful mystery, and the supernatural in an unusual amalgamation that makes me hold my breath each time.
Always: a battle of good vs evil with collateral damage on both sides, the loss of good people, characters that you come to love despite their decidedly criminal backgrounds, a creep factor that chills down to the bone, and usually some unexpected, but much appreciated humor.
Deep in the Maine woods, the body of a young woman who had recently given birth is discovered. She has been buried for several years, but no infant body is found. A star of David carved into a tree grabs the attention of lawyer Moxie Castin, who then convinces Charlie Parker to follow the investigation, and if the baby survived, to find it.
The police are investigating, trying to identify the young woman, Charlie Parker is also searching, but there is someone else also looking for the young woman. Someone not simply bad, but repellently evil.
Short chapters move back and forth between characters, the main plot, and secondary plots. The roles of Louis and Angel are more limited in this one, but Louis is responsible for an inciting incident that plays into the larger plot later.
"And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman." --from book description
Read in March. Review scheduled for May 29
Crime/Mystery/Supernatural. June 12, 2018. Print length: 496 pages.