La Mujer Del Bosque — John Connolly / The Woman in the Woods (Charlie Parker #16) by John Connolly

Una furgoneta incendiada por llevar pegatinas confederadas, un teléfono de juguete que funciona, un árbol con la estrella de David tallada en la corteza, una mujer embarazadaque murió y quién era su hijo… un libro que guarda secretos, ¿quién es realmente Karis?.
La mujer del bosque es el decimosexto libro de la larga serie de Charlie Parker de Connolly, pero de alguna manera se siente tan fresco como el primero. Es difícil sumergirse profundamente en la trama sin potencialmente regalar algunos spoilers ligeros de libros anteriores, por lo que si desea permanecer virgen en la serie, tal vez omita esta revisión y vaya a leer desde el primero de la serie.
Los restos de una mujer se descubren parcialmente enterrados en el bosque. La evidencia sugiere que ella había dado a luz poco antes de su muerte, pero no hay un segundo cuerpo para encontrar. Un abogado tiene un interés especial en el caso y contrata a Charlie Parker para investigar el paradero del niño desaparecido. Desafortunadamente para Parker, también está lidiando con las consecuencias de las acciones perpetradas por su amigo de toda la vida contra el hijo del pez rey del crimen local Bobby Ocean.
Lo que sigue llevará a Parker a través de un ferrocarril subterráneo para mujeres maltratadas proporcionadas por aquellos que buscan separarlas de sus torturadores. Le pisan los talones un par de villanos diferentes a todo lo que Parker ha enfrentado antes: dos asesinos despiadados obsesionados con la adquisición de un libro llamado “El Atlas fracturado” que amenaza con deshacer la existencia.
Connolly habla sobre la importancia de crear un personaje convincente que haga que el lector quiera volver a su larga serie de misterio una y otra vez. Charlie Parker es un maravilloso ejemplo de paciencia y planificación a largo plazo.
Si bien la serie siempre ha mantenido elementos de lo sobrenatural, desde la experiencia cercana a la muerte de Parker al final de El lobo en invierno (libro doce), Connolly ha aumentado el factor miedo manteniendo una evolución constante en la narración de cuentos. La mujer en el bosque no es la excepción. Hay suficiente sangre y horror para mantener satisfechos a los fanáticos de la serie. Sin embargo, Connolly no descuida su pan y mantequilla: Parker es, en esencia, un detective y también hay un intrincado misterio aquí que convierte a La mujer en el bosque en un verdadero pasador de páginas.
Poder obtener dieciséis libros en profundidad en cualquier serie es un logro en sí mismo, pero mantener esa serie fascinante es otra cosa. Claramente, Connolly no se contenta con llamarlo por teléfono y descansar en sus laureles; esta es una historia emocionante y bien tejida que me tuvo al borde de mi asiento, temiendo el final sabiendo que tendría que esperar al menos otro año para el seguimiento.

En este libro nos encontramos con la mujer en el bosque que murió en el parto y que llevó un niño y un secreto lejos del padre ocultista abusador. Nos encontramos con las personas en la línea de vida para mujeres y niños maltratados. Se le pide a Charlie Parker que investigue el cuerpo de la mujer encontrada en el bosque y mientras él investiga el asunto, un par de ingleses comienzan a mirar desde el otro lado y con muchas menos buenas intenciones los encontrarán opuestos a Parker y sus amigos y aliados
Esta historia se entrega en tantos niveles diferentes y desde tantos ángulos diferentes que realmente te atrapan.
Una vez más, Connolly cumple con un tema subyacente que debería llamar más la atención: el destino de las mujeres que huyen de las relaciones violentas y cómo las personas se esfuerzan por salvarlas y ayudarlas porque pueden y deberían. Incluso si quienes ayudan a menudo terminan teniendo problemas porque en nuestra sociedad aparentemente la esposa y los hijos se consideran propiedad. Connolly se las arregla para escribir sobre estas personas sin usar el mazo para conducir algunas verdades obvias a casa. Tal vez por eso el hombre es capaz de entregar sus cuentos tan bien porque la sutileza es su oficio.
Sin embargo, la historia comienza con una explosión y sus consecuencias vibran a través de la historia, incluida la llamada primera enmienda, donde las personas pueden decir lo que quieran, incluso si eso es falso y ofende a otras personas.
Una vez más, te encontrarás leyendo a través de la historia escrita en Estados Unidos pero tan gótica que, obviamente, puedes leer de forma independiente, pero estás totalmente loco si lo haces. Comience desde el principio y descubra por qué estos libros se leen mucho mejor en secuencia y en serie.

Libros del autor comentados en el blog:

Serie Charlie Parker

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/23/todo-lo-que-muere-john-connolly-every-dead-thing-a-charlie-parker-thriller-1-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/el-poder-de-las-tinieblas-john-connolly-dark-hollow-a-charlie-parker-thriller-2-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/perfil-asesino-john-connolly-the-killing-kind-a-charlie-parker-thriller-3-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/el-camino-blanco-john-connolly-the-white-road-a-charlie-parker-thriller-4-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/mas-alla-del-espejo-john-connolly-the-reflecting-eye-a-charlie-parker-novella-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/el-angel-negro-john-connolly-the-black-angel-a-charlie-parker-thriller-5-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/los-atormentados-john-connolly-the-unquiet-a-charlie-parker-thriller-6-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/los-hombres-de-la-guadana-john-connolly-the-reapers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-7-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/los-amantes-john-connolly-the-lovers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-8-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/voces-que-susurran-john-connolly-the-whisperers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-9-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/cuervos-john-connolly-the-burning-soul-a-charlie-parker-thriller-10-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/la-ira-de-los-angeles-john-connolly-the-wrath-of-angels/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/el-invierno-del-lobo-the-wolf-in-winter-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/la-cancion-de-las-sombras-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/tiempos-oscuros-john-connolly-a-time-of-torment-a-charlie-parker-thriller-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/el-frio-de-la-muerte-john-connolly-a-game-of-ghosts-a-charlie-parker-thriller-15-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/la-mujer-del-bosque-john-connolly-the-woman-in-the-woods-charlie-parker-16-by-john-connolly/

Otros libros de John Connolly comentados en el blog:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/un-gran-regalo-a-special-gift-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/malvados-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/las-puertas-del-infierno-john-connolly-the-gates-by-j-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/nocturnos-nocturnes-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/el-libro-de-las-cosas-perdidas-john-connolly-the-book-of-lost-things/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/musica-nocturna-john-connolly-night-music-by-john-connolly/

Trilogía Crónicas de los Invasores de Jennifer Ridyard & John Connolly:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/26/conquista-cronica-de-los-invasores-i-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-conquest-1-3-chronicles-of-the-invaders-1-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

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https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/dominio-cronica-de-los-invasores-iii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-dominion-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-3-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

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A van burned down for carrying Confederate stickers, a working toy phone, a tree with the Star of David carved into the bark, a pregnant woman who died and who her son was … a book that holds secrets, who Karis really is?.
The Woman in the Woods is the sixteenth book in Connolly’s long-running Charlie Parker series yet it somehow feels just as fresh as the first. It’s hard to dive deep into the plot without potentially giving away some light spoilers from prior books, so if you want to remain a virgin to the series, maybe skip this review and go pick up Every Dead Thing already.
The remains of a woman are discovered partially buried in the forest. Evidence suggests that she had given birth shortly before her death but there is no second body to be found. A lawyer takes a special interest in the case and hires Charlie Parker to investigate the whereabouts of the missing child. Unfortunately for Parker, he’s also dealing with the fallout from actions perpetrated by his longtime friend against the son of local crime kingfish Bobby Ocean.
What follows will take Parker through an underground railroad for abused women provided by those that seek to separate them from their tormentors. Hot on his heels is a pair of villains unlike anything Parker has faced before – two merciless killers obsessed with procuring a book dubbed “The Fractured Atlas” that threatens to unmake existence.
Connolly talked about the importance of crafting a compelling character that will make the reader want to return to your long-running mystery series over and over again. Charlie Parker is a wonderful example of patience and long-term planning.
While the series has always maintained elements of the supernatural, ever since Parker’s near death experience at the conclusion of The Wolf in Winter (book twelve), Connolly has ramped up the fear factor maintaining a consistent evolution in storytelling. The Woman in the Woods is no exception. There’s enough gruesome gore and horror to keep series fans satisfied. However, Connolly does not neglect his bread and butter – Parker is at his core a detective and there’s also an intricate mystery here that makes The Woman in the Woods a true page-turner.
To be able to get sixteen books deep in any series is an accomplishment in and of itself, but to keep that series riveting is another thing altogether. Connolly clearly isn’t content just to phone it in and rest on his laurels – this is a tightly-wound, thrilling story that had me on the edge of my seat, dreading the ending knowing I’d have to wait at least another year for the follow-up.

In this book we meet the woman in the wood who died in childbirth and who carried a child and a secret away from the abuse occultist father. We meet the people in the life line for abused women and children. Charlie Parker gets asked to investigate the body of the woman found in the forest and while he looks into the matter a couple of English people start looking from the other side and with far less good intentions they will find them opposed to Parker and his friends and allies.
This story is delivered on so many different levels and from so many different angles that you really get caught up.
Once again Connolly delivers with an underlying subject that should get more attention: the fate of women who run from violent relationships and how people strive to save them and help them because the can and should. Even if those who help often end up having troubles because in our society apparently wife & children are considered property. Connolly manages to write about these people without using the sledgehammer to drive some obvious truths home. Which is perhaps why the man is able to deliver his tales so well because subtlety is his craft.
However the story starts with a bang and it consequences vibrate through the story including the the so-called 1st amendment where people can say whatever they want, even if that is untruths and offending other people.
Once again you’ll find yourself reading through the American but so gothic written story that you can obviously read as a stand alone but are totally bat-shit-crazy if you do so. Start at the beginning and find out why these books are so much better read in sequence and as a series.

Books from the author commented in the blog:

Charlie Parker Books

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https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/el-poder-de-las-tinieblas-john-connolly-dark-hollow-a-charlie-parker-thriller-2-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/perfil-asesino-john-connolly-the-killing-kind-a-charlie-parker-thriller-3-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/el-camino-blanco-john-connolly-the-white-road-a-charlie-parker-thriller-4-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/mas-alla-del-espejo-john-connolly-the-reflecting-eye-a-charlie-parker-novella-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/el-angel-negro-john-connolly-the-black-angel-a-charlie-parker-thriller-5-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/los-atormentados-john-connolly-the-unquiet-a-charlie-parker-thriller-6-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/los-hombres-de-la-guadana-john-connolly-the-reapers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-7-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/29/los-amantes-john-connolly-the-lovers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-8-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/06/30/voces-que-susurran-john-connolly-the-whisperers-a-charlie-parker-thriller-9-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/cuervos-john-connolly-the-burning-soul-a-charlie-parker-thriller-10-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/la-ira-de-los-angeles-john-connolly-the-wrath-of-angels/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/el-invierno-del-lobo-the-wolf-in-winter-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/01/29/la-cancion-de-las-sombras-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/tiempos-oscuros-john-connolly-a-time-of-torment-a-charlie-parker-thriller-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/07/01/el-frio-de-la-muerte-john-connolly-a-game-of-ghosts-a-charlie-parker-thriller-15-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2020/06/27/la-mujer-del-bosque-john-connolly-the-woman-in-the-woods-charlie-parker-16-by-john-connolly/

Many other books by John Connolly commented in the blog:

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/05/06/un-gran-regalo-a-special-gift-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/malvados-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/08/25/las-puertas-del-infierno-john-connolly-the-gates-by-j-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/nocturnos-nocturnes-by-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/el-libro-de-las-cosas-perdidas-john-connolly-the-book-of-lost-things/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/musica-nocturna-john-connolly-night-music-by-john-connolly/

Chronicle of the Invaders Trilogy by Jennifer Ridyard & John Connolly

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/26/conquista-cronica-de-los-invasores-i-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-conquest-1-3-chronicles-of-the-invaders-1-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/imperio-cronica-de-los-invasores-ii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-empire-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-2-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

https://weedjee.wordpress.com/2019/12/27/dominio-cronica-de-los-invasores-iii-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly-dominion-chronicles-of-the-invaders-book-3-by-jennifer-ridyard-john-connolly/

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