REVIEW: The Burning Soul by John Connolly
I’ve been a devoted follower of John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series since I read Every Dead Thing over 10 years ago and was absolutely mesmerised. If you haven’t been following this series, you really should. The Burning Soul is another excellent novel and is much more of a mainstream novel than some of the other entries, since the usually present supernatural elements are barely represented. Also given less focus is the explicit violence. Loyal friends Louis and Angel appear in the story, but unlike past escapades, when they usually provide comic relief, Parker himself is the humorous one. Connolly accordingly presents another and very different dimension to Parker’s character compared to the earlier books.
The story revolves around a missing teenaged girl with Boston Irish mob connections. Parker is retained on behalf of a man who was given a new identity following his conviction as a juvenile for the murder of a teenaged girl. Now he fears that he will become the prime suspect and his former identity will be revealed. There are echoes of the Bulger case in England from early in the text and sure enough, it does get mentioned later on, but it is interesting to see what Connolly does with this criminal’s perspective. He acutely presents the conflict in an individual who tries to separate his newly created identity from his original. Who is to say which one better represents his true personality?Suffice to say there are plenty of individuals with secrets in the missing girl’s small town and all with motives to keep Parker from investigating too deeply.
One of the best books I’ve read this year.
P.S. Don’t forget about the contest running this week. Refer to CT’s post for details.