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Dark Hollow | [John Connolly]

Dark Hollow

Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the capture of their killer, Charlie Parker, retreats to the wintry Maine landscape of his childhood. By following in the steps of his beloved grandfather, Parker hopes to heal his spirit and get through the anniversary of Jennifer and Susan's murder. But the echoes of the past that await him are not all benign. In a gruesome re-enactment of Parker's own nightmares, another young woman is killed with her child and his brief involvement in their lives impels Parker to hunt their vicious murderer....
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Publisher's Summary

Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the capture of their killer, The Travelling Man, Charlie Parker, retreats to the wintry Maine landscape of his childhood. By following in the steps of his beloved grandfather, Parker hopes to heal his spirit and get through the bitter anniversary of Jennifer and Susan's murder. But the echoes of the past that await him are not all benign.

In a gruesome re-enactment of Parker's own nightmares, another young woman is killed with her child and his brief involvement in their lives impels Parker to hunt their vicious murderer. As the death toll mounts, Parker comes to realise that the true answer to the puzzle lies 30 years in the past, in a tree with strange fruit, in his own grandfather's history, and in the perverted desires of a monster incarnate - Caleb Kyle.

©2000 John Connolly (P)2004 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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    Mr Rupert Seymour Stromness, United Kingdom 02/11/2014
    Mr Rupert Seymour Stromness, United Kingdom 02/11/2014

    A story addicted curmudgeon swimming in a sea of wonderfully crafted words.

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    "Beautifully crafted suspense mingled with poetry"
    Would you listen to Dark Hollow again? Why?

    For the complexity of the story, which is multi-layered, for the superb reading by Jeff Harding who brings such colour to each scene and every personality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Hollow?

    From the beginning to the last word.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Jeff Harding is the master of readers...incomparable delivery. I often choose a book because I know the quality of his delivery.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    For adults with poetry and danger in their souls.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline Verwood, United Kingdom 23/11/2012
    Pauline Verwood, United Kingdom 23/11/2012 Member Since 2008
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    "Lost My Way!"

    I lost my way very early in this story. The author's constant side-tracking into lengthy explanations of each mood and gesture of the protagonist, his minutely detailed descriptions of the looks and dress of each character as they appear, the landscape, the weather, etc. and I totally lost any thread of plot I might have previously picked up. I kept coming back to the Publisher's Summary on this site to remind myself what I was supposed to be listening to! I did plough on but it got no better and I can't, in all honesty, tell you what it was about.

    I do, however, enjoy hearing the voice of Jeff Harding, whatever he reads, and I know that's what kept me going to the end - whatever it was.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Tallow, Ireland 17/03/2015
    Helen Tallow, Ireland 17/03/2015 Member Since 2015

    Baker and loves audio books

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    "Great tale"

    This a really good story which had me hooked all the way to the end. The narrator did a good job and although he only used two voices I thought it was well done. Would definitely listen to more by this author.

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    Marie 05/03/2015
    Marie 05/03/2015
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    "Not Easy"

    if it hadn't been for the narration, I would have put this down. However, I persevered, but found the book very hard going, so did not finish it.

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    Wonder Woman Ireland 14/02/2015
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    Enjoyed it but always a predictable read. Nice descriptive writing but some times v long winded. Easy read not challenging

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    Nicola ascot, berks, United Kingdom 26/03/2013
    Nicola ascot, berks, United Kingdom 26/03/2013 Member Since 2014
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    "Old Fashioned Crime Story"

    This was an easy listen. I didn't know the back story if there was a book before although was easy to pick up the background. The book felt a little old fashioned - tough cop pushes the baddies and it backfires against his family then he goes off the rails and has to leave the force so becomes a private eye. This is one of those books where the good guy gets hurt but never enough to kill or seriously mame him. A collection of 'odd' friends and weird bad guys all come together for a 'chase' type story to save the girl. So throw logic out the window and read this like an old Mike Hammer novel in the modern day.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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