Author: John Connolly
Publishing: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 2014
Genre: Adult Fiction/Mystery
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book 12
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A slow creeping thriller that burns.
This is my first Charlie Parker detective book and won’t be my last. Even though it’s book 12 in the series, I jumped right into the story and the menagerie of damaged characters.
The story focuses on a small main town called Prosperous, where the inhabitants are not what they seem. A very dark and chilling secret is hidden in the town, under the old church. Charlie is brought to the town to investigate when an old friend of his turns up dead, an apparent suicide. But something doesn’t feel right to Charlie and as he digs deeper and deeper into the town, the town starts to fight back.
Not your traditional detective novel, Wolf in Winter plays on something deeper and hidden. It plays with the thoughts of man, of religion and of evil. Not a contemporary evil of man. But an older, darker evil of gods and monster. Of hunger and sacrifice. The story is disturbing and dark and just when you think that’s it, it digs itself deeper.
I liked how we saw the characters in the town and their motivations. Propserous begins to eat itself from within which is fascinating and satisfying, but also builds the tension when Parker’s men finally start closing in. It makes for a slow burn, like something warm touching your neck and getting hotter and hotter.
Overall, Wolf in Winter was not what I expected and that’s a good thing! Yes it’s a detective story, it’s a thriller, it’s a dark and twisted tale. But it’s also a story of evil and death and fight.
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy