Enter a world of marvelous inv...more
Former detective Ethan Truman, who now works as a security chef for the Manheim estate senses great danger that lurks for the actor and his son - Fric.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has stron, and what's more believeable characters (a welcome change from all the cardboards). The plot is griping mixture of suspense and supernatural. Plus there's n...more
If there's one thing Dean Koontz is good at, in my mind, it's psychological writing. Odd Thomas being his only other book I can recall reading, I guess I'd also have to add supernatural to that, as both books have elements of it...more
Acknowledged as America s most popular suspense novelist (Rolling Stone ) and as one of today s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wi...more
On the negative side, I had to breeze through chapters too rapidly to make...more
One would have thought that a writer as prolific as Koontz – at least two novels a year – might suffer from the odd shortage of ideas. But if anything, the main problem with ‘The Face’ (which is a horribly bland title) is that it just has too many ideas. It is of course always wrong to criticise ambition in fiction, but Koontz doesn’t quite manage to make all these strands work together and so the who...more
Dean Koontz’s novel “The Face” is without a doubt a superb example of storytelling. Changing between the voices of various characters has enabled Koo...more
In The Face, a major portion of the story revolves around a 10 year old boy. Koontz's use of alliteration in relation to the child lends a sense of innocence and fun that leads you to care even more about the outcome of the plot as it relates to Fric.
I especially enjoy the changes in Koontz's characters. T...more
Terrifying, bone chilling and oddly tender at its c...more
Once again, Koontz chooses a villain so evil as to lose all subtlety and complexity. He also relies on a bit of a deus ex machina (or perhaps more accurately a 'diabolus ex machina') that strains the reader's suspension of disbelief to the breaking point (which, in a novel involving ghost angels and phone calls from the dead, is really saying something)....more
I've read Odd Thomas and it was by far his best that I've read. The Funhouse is up there, but this one in particular is a new sort of style for him. Still extreme obsessions with ghosts, but now with a purpose and more of a riddle type book than any others I've read by him.
The only reason it's a 4 rating other than a five is because of his writing. Some of it just doesn't make any sense in his descriptions unless you're speed reading, and THEN you t...more
If you aren't reminded of a famous Christmas movie, albeit Koontz style, then you aren't thinking.
There are a few incredible scenes at the end, but all in all, the book is sound and the characters good. Similes often seem forced and become distracting as Koontz strives to find fresh ones. Some work and some are strained. He does keep his humor.
Quote: "To desire what is forever beyond reach, to seek it in disrega...more
So it was with reluctance that I decided to give him another go, after a relative gave me 'The Face'.
I still think his prose is clunky, and he employs way too many horribly tortured similes, which lack the wit to raise even the slightest smirk.
That said, the storytelling here was far more compelling, the characters better drawn, and the pace propels the reader towards a satisfying enough conclusio...more
The premise is simple, but not in a good way. Reading this book makes you wonder if Dean Koontz has not just watched Se7en and then felt compelled to write his own supernatural version of it.
The story line is stupid, and none of the characters bar one, who is gruesomely tortured by the villain - arouses any liking or sympathy throughout the story. Except for the one exception previously mentioned, I a...more
There is a lot of detail in the book and over explaining for my taste and sometimes Koontz gilds the lily, but I liked most of the characters and the mystery. There are also aspects to the plot that I just didn’...more
It isn't as scary as other books--in fact, it is a little slow--and some parts are just a bit odd. But it is a great book and a good introduction t...more
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the na...more