In my opinion “The Unquiet” is John Connolly’s best book. As I said before it is a mystery executed almost to perfection. That being said “The Reapers” didn’t have an easy task to accomplish, I was aware of that. I expected less, but honestly, I didn’t expect this kind of less.
It’s a shame, I repeat, a shame that “The Reapers” is part of the Charlie Parker series. The reason why John Connolly didn’t publish this book as a standalone is beyond my comprehension. “Bad Men” is a supernatural thriller, in which Charlie Parker has a small role, the same could have been done with this book taking into consideration that it’s a thriller about Louis and Charlie Parker, again, has a small role.
In my opinion “The Reapers” is a mediocre and sometimes even laughable thriller book within a mystery series. Everything John Connolly has built around this amazing series falls to pieces because he wanted to give Louis, one of Charlie Parker’s sidekicks, a whole book. Forget about the supernatural aura, the lyrical and beautiful noir-poetry of the author, the complexity of the story and most important, the quality of a series that always offered great books. “The Reapers” is such a bad thriller that it makes Daniel Silva or Harlan Coben looks like Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Such a shame!