As I read the reviews of this book, trying desperately to avoid spoilers, it seemed that "What the Night Knows" was a dichotomy for readers. Half theAs I read the reviews of this book, trying desperately to avoid spoilers, it seemed that "What the Night Knows" was a dichotomy for readers. Half the reviews started with "Koontz is finally back to former brilliance." And the other half said "Koontz has lost his former brilliance."
I don't know. While I've read quite a few Koontz books, I haven't nearly read the majority, much less all of them.
But I really liked this book. The characters of the children in the family were really captured well. The "character" of the evil, seemed "real." Which is what I want from a Dean Koontz book.
I can't say how this compares to every other Koontz book, but I liked it. Well done characterizations, a plot that moves at a good pace, and, to me at least, a bit of real evil in the form of demons and such. ...more
When I first started it, I thought this was the medical version of Grisham's "The Firm." And yes, there were some similI thoroughly enjoyed "Harvest."
When I first started it, I thought this was the medical version of Grisham's "The Firm." And yes, there were some similarities in some ways. But it also it is also strong in it's own right. The story is about black market organ donations and the rich buying the organs needed for medical procedures.
I felt like Gerritsen revealed the layers of plot carefully and kept me interested all the way through. While yes, parts of this plot may be considered predictable, I kept going back and forth about who I considered to be the good guys and who the bad guys. Sometimes I worry about going back to read an early work from a favorite author. But this one is just as good as the latest volume from Tess Gerritsen....more
I have never left a review for an book without reviews before. So this is really weird.
I picked up "The Suicide Game" because it was featured as an inI have never left a review for an book without reviews before. So this is really weird.
I picked up "The Suicide Game" because it was featured as an inexpensive book for my kindle. I read thrillers fairly regularly, but they aren't my main diet.
I think "The Suicide Game" suffers from an unfortunate title. Yes, there is a Suicide Game proposed and I guess it was started. However, it is barely a blip in the plotline in my opinion. It's kind of like worrying about a hang nail while being wheeled in for open heart surgery.
Rausch's book is about a group of desperate people moving in clearly different worlds--many of them in what might be considered the underbelly of society--who all reach a breaking point. Through murder, phone sex, drugs, religion and the mob, these worlds start to collide.
The pace is fast and I found myself unable to put the book down. Mainly, I think it was to figure out how and when the suicide game was going to come in and what in the world would happen next on this crazy train. I think I read that the author is s screenwriter? If so, I can see that. Each scene sort of unfolded as on a movie screen.
I wish I could have given this 3.5 stars. The cast of characters nearly reaches Dickensian proportions. And there are odd and unexpected spider webs of relationships. But I don't think the author used these to the fullest. And the big payoff at the end, seemed a bit anti-climatic to me. That sounds like I don't recommend the book. I do. While, it didn't quite reach the potential I think the author set up, it still kept me engrossed. And this will be one that I'll keep thinking about for a while....more