A Game Of Ghosts by John Connolly
Own copy from tbr pile
It is deep winter. The darkness is unending.
The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker’s employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.
Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund’s world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts . . .
The novel opens in Portland during winter. With a worse-for-wear Charlie Parker, who is feeling the pain of old injuries. When he is approached by FBI agent Edgar Ross. Angel and Louis are as always lurking in the background. Parker is currently on FBI retainer, when he is asked to look into the case of a missing PI. The PI in question Jaycob Ekland is also on FBI retainer, yet they are unaware of his most recent case. Ross wants the investigation doing as quietly as possible.
As always there is an element of the supernatural. We become aware of the Buried God – The god of wasps – one who waits behind the glass. Whose believers use their ‘faith’ to justify unimaginable acts of depravity. They are usually people of power and wealth.
Parker begins his investigation by digging into Ekland’s files. 52yrs old, ex-cop, divorced and no children. There is no clues and nothing out of the ordinary. Ekland’s laptop and phone, remain missing, which impedes Parker’s search for more information. He decides to speak to Ekland’s ex-wife Milena Budny.
But Ekland isn’t the only one with an ex-partner. . .
Parker’s former partner Rachel and mother of his daughter Sam. Has scheduled an appointment for Parker to attend Sam’s child psychologist, after a recent abduction. But Sam is strong, mentally strong. Not only that Sam has added support from her half-sister Jennifer. Her dead half-sister Jennifer. . . .
Ekland’s notes are scattered with references to ghosts and the paranormal. Making this the perfect case for Parker. But what is Ekland’s connection to the occult?
How does it all tie together?
A separate scene plays out of mother and son, May and Alex Mackinnon. They are being haunted, but is this a person or spiritual entity? I found these scenes insanely suspenseful. I knew they had to be the mother and son mentioned in the synopsis.
Yet I dreaded something happening to them.
‘They’re all someone’s children’ – Parker
There are a series of strange characters and even stranger occurrences in the novel. From Eklund’s secret basement, to the boy who drew his father’s death as it happened and Sally & Kirk the creepy couple running a religious sect that sounds like a cult.
There is plenty going on in this novel and I love the way the chapters add layer and layer of intrigue and suspense. 5*
I was so engrossed in this novel, when I opened it. My husband already bought me the next in the series, The Woman In The Woods. Which I will be reviewing as soon as I have caught up with my blog/review tbr mountain.
But here is the cover and synopsis.
The Woman In The Woods by John Connolly
Review scheduled 7th May
The new thrilling instalment of John Connolly’s popular Charlie Parker series.
It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death.
But there is no sign of a baby.
Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.
And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring.
For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman . . .