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The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz
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Jan 04, 08

Read in January, 2008

I love Dean Koontz because you can read a book of his in a day or two. His elements of fantasy and the supernatural are always intriguing. As much as I was down on the good vs. evil theme in 'Cosmic Christmas' I love it in Dean Koontz's books because good inevitably wins. (I've only read one other Dean Koontz book so I might be totally generalizing but maybe not!) In this story, there is some small reference to why the evil people are the way they are but the characters are broadly painted--either super evil or super good. Super good triumphs in a violent way and you still forgive that because they won! I like how each chapter is tiny and the chapters swing back and forth wildly between past and present and all of the different characters until Koontz weaves the pieces together deftly so you can see the relationships that are emerging. The first chapter is absolutely gripping and takes you right in. The dialogue is sparse but intelligent. I can't fail to mention that golden retrievers play a huge role in this book--you can tell that Koontz loves this breed of dog and that this book is a tribute to the very special golden retriever he and his wife have owned. Try it and see what you think! Good, easy read.
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Dana Jeepers, Elizabeth, you should try some of his first stuff! Watchers and Night Chills, or Lightening.


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