This review is complicated for me. Dean Koontz’s Strangers is an amalgamation of many things: techno-thriller; psychological horror; science fiction. It’s quite unlike DK’s other 1980s novels. The book does contain some pretty creepy scenes, but the terror generated here is vested in the not knowing; the “something terrible happened to me but I don’t know what” scenario. Strangers is a longish book, at 700-or-so pages,...more
To be fair different books by DK rate high and low with different people. I've read that this was his first best seller. Cool. I see that there are a lot of people who love it and for them I'm happy. Really.
For me this book was too long for the story it told. The disparate characters of the story each struggling with...more
"Strangers" is not your typical Koontz book. It was his first hardcover bestseller and the first book he wrote without resorting to outlines.
Plus it bears a glowing endorsment from Stephen King, who states that it's "The best novel he has written!".
The novel is concerned with a group of strangers from all over the USA - a surgeon, a writer, a motel-keeper, a priest and a thief - who are troubled by different phobias - nyctophobia, somnambulism, anxiety. They have nothing in commo...more
Strangers is a story about friendship, inner strength and survival. Dean Koontz manages to weave a complex tale filled with many colorful characters.
(There are nine main characters and two sub-characters to keep track of in this lengthy novel).
A roadside motel and its neighboring diner are the main backdrop for the story, but Mr. Koontz manages to take us coast to coast as the plot unfolds. Somehow, a group of complete strangers seems connected though none can remember ever having me...more
However, I think my annoyance had a lot to do with the fact that I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. Even with the repetition...more
A handful of people from different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common--except fear.
What dark secret bound them together?
Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel--where the terrifying truth was waiting...
"This is a book with a capital B."--John D. MacDonald
From Publishers Weekly
The author of Phantoms, Whispers and other thrillers takes an...more
The first 80% or more is stories about a handful of unrelated people living in different parts of the U.S. Ginger is a Boston surgeon. Jack is a New York thief. Dom is a Los Angeles writer. Brendan is a Chicago priest. Ernie owns the Tranquility Motel in Nevada. Each story is broken into maybe eight pieces, and the reader is jumping around among the various stories. I am not a fan of jumping around, but I ca...more
Dom, sleepwalking and trying to nail his windows shut, typing on his computer (in hi...more
Dean Koontz, much like his mid-life crisis make over from bald mustached guy to full of head of hair and clean shaven face, is just one big old cliche. There, I said it.
This book had promise. Again, I had read it years ago, but it didn't stick with me, so when I saw it at the used book store I had to pick it up again. I should have kept the three dol...more
They were all a bit too fantastic, and bit too over-blown, and then it seemed they had some of the same characters over and over. Also, what he explores isn't quite what interests me - possibly real aspects of life, including possibly 'ghosts', parallel li...more
Are you sure you've got the right author?
YEAH, MAN! KOONTZ THREW SOME SCI-FI SPICE ALL UP IN THAT CASSEROLE!
So there's no vicious monster?
There's not a...more
Definatly one that should be read and enjoyed
What is it thess strangers have in common-why has things changed and why do they think there is something that happened that they can not remember
Will be rereading this again in a couple of months and do a uller review
They were strangers.....
A handful of people, from different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear.
They were victims....
Cold and stark, an unknown terror gripped their dreams and tur...more
5 minutes later I'm turning back on the light and picking up the book again. I took it to work with me and read it on...more
I had read it years ago, but enjoyed rereading it.
Especially enlightening was the author's new afterward. He explained how even though he had published a number of books before this one he decided to do this one on spec and write the book he wanted to write. He didn't plot...more
It was my second Dean Koontz book I read and I was warned that he was a little odd, but this book had me wrapped around its finger and I was swimming i...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more