After starting a full-time job, I don’t have as much time for reading. Thus I sneak in as much as I can through audio books, which allow me to read during my biking commute and on my lunch hour (so I can eat and read at the same time). The interesting thing about audio books, I’ve found, is that there are some stories that are best heard out loud, and some you’d rather read a print version. Dean Koontz is one such author that writes stories that are best listened to out loud. Anyone who knows me well is aware that Dean Koontz is my go-to author when I’m stuck in a book rut, or want to listen to something entertaining that doesn’t require a lot of brain power. Koontz is often criticized because his characters tend to be almost cartoonish–there is almost always characters that are pure, good, and almost angel-like, and they must battle against an evil man/corporation/mystical force. For a summer, read I am fine with characters and a plot like that.
A fellow Koontz fan recommended this book to me, claiming it was one of her favorite Koontz novels. Right away, I realized that the book description on Amazon or Goodreads is misleading. My short synopsis: What does a little boy named Bartholomew, a young girl who delivered a baby after being raped, and a psychopath all have in common? In this novel of good versus evil, metaphysics, and science fiction, three stories come together in a climax that makes you question the nature of the world. If I say any more than this, I’m afraid I might give away some spoilers. Suffice to say, this book was enjoyable in that the characters were well-developed, there were a lot of twists and turns, and I thought the ending was satisfying and tied together everything well. It is a Koontz book however, meaning that the characters are not complex (either they are good or bad people), there is a dog (Koontz loves dogs), and the romance(s) are all very innocent.
If I had to rate this book in terms of other Koontz novels, this one would be in my top ten. What Koontz does well is creating villains. The villain character in this book was creepy and believable. Also, although his characters aren’t complex, they are well-developed. Part of the pleasure of reading this book is seeing how the characters all come together and connect at the very end. Part thriller, part family sagas, part mediation on the nature of life/death and multiple universes, this book is all around an entertaining summer read you can sink your teeth into.
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