Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on October 28th 2014
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I received this book through Goodreads first reads giveaway.
This was the 12th book in a series and I had not read the previous books, but I found this book did a good job as a stand alone book for me. There were parts/Characters in the book where it would have been nice to have some background information (the hunt for the Collector, Cambion, more on Parker’s deceased wife and daughter, etc.) yet even without the background information the book was good. This book had a mix of mystery, horror (mild) and the supernatural. Charlie Parker is a private detective who is investigating the disappearance of a missing girl and the death of her father, a homeless man who occasionally provided help to Parker on his cases. The Town of Prosperous sets the stage. A small town in Maine that has deep, dark secrets. The setting of the book initially reminded me of books by Stephen King – small town(s) in Maine with creepy people doing creepy things.But this is where my comparison ends.
I really enjoyed this novel by Connolly. I thought the story enfolded at a nice pace although I would have liked more on the history of Prosperous. I hesitate to say more about this as I don’t want to give away the plot. I think this book would appeal to many types of readers – those who like mysteries, those who like crime novels, etc. This book is perfect for this time of year. This book did peak my interest in this book series and I would be willing to go back and read some earlier books in the series.