The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly review

The Woman in the Woods is the sixteenth novel in John Connolly’s Charlie Parker series about a private investigator in Maine.

There is a lot of media interest when a woman’s body is discovered buried in the countryside and she is soon dubbed the Woman in the Woods. The only clues to her identity are a Star of David carved into a nearby tree and the fact that she had recently given birth. Parker’s lawyer asks Parker to investigate to see if he can establish her identity and the fate of the child.

Meanwhile an Englishman called Quayle has arrived in Maine intent on discovering the whereabouts of a rare book that the Woman in the Woods had possession of, a book that contains fragments of an even more mysterious volume.

As Parker investigates the possibility that the woman was on the run he discovers that the people who may have helped her are turning up dead or have gone missing.

As with the other novels in the series the book includes appearances from his friends Angel and Louis. Also appearing are the backers and their reluctant search for the buried god.

This is another compelling entry in the series and leaves enough loose ends to suggests that Parker will again encounter the mysterious volume and those searching for it.