Last week was the beginning of the Summer vacation and I picked up a read I had been given as a way to relax. The Wrath of Angels by John Connolly is described as a thriller. The novel, however, is not a thriller in the usual sense as included in the story is a sense of the supernatural. Mention is made of fallen angels, and of a list of those who have signed their souls over to the devil. The story centres on a character who has been in previous novels written by Connolly: Charlie Parker, a private investigator. Through him, we read of a battle between good and evil as both sides look for the list that is in an airplane that went down in the Maine woods.
Early on in the novel, you read the question one of the characters put to himself as he wonders how it is that people step towards wrongdoing and evil:
“Is this how evil is done, he asked himself, in small increments, one step at a time, softly, softly until you’ve convinced yourself that wrong is right, and right is wrong, because you’re not a bad person and you don’t do bad things?” (p44, 2013, Pocket Books)
This question is reflected in much of what occurs in the novel. Is the story an interesting read? It certainly kept my attention. I can imagine the story being made into a Hollywood-style action movie as the pace is fast and the action non-stop. Readers who do not enjoy the hint of the supernatural in their reads, will find this Charlie Parker story hard to believe and may want to give this story a miss.
Do you enjoy a hint of the supernatural in your reads?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
(This post was inspired by Miz. B’s Teaser Tuesdays)