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Darkness Under the Sun by Dean Koontz
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Dec 06, 11

bookshelves: horror, read-in-2011, ebook, reviewed
Read on December 06, 2011

I was looking for something different to read last night, and found this novella. It's a prequel to Dean Koontz's What the Night Knows which I've read earlier this year, and didn't think much of. So, I approached this novella with little expectations, and maybe it was a good thing.

Darkness Under The Sun is about an eleven year old boy named Howie, who sees a strange man as he's eyeing an empty estate. Despite being scared, he talks to the man and the two form a friendship. And then the bad stuff happens.

Familiar Koontz tropes are present; the hurt, disfigured child, who's also brave and courageous and does the right thing; the evil villain who's so evil his eyes are literally all black. Even though the story is short, Koontz manages to create an eerie mood, and keeps the suspense and a respectable level, with little drag. As with most of his work, the ending is sudden and trivial. The best thing is that this slim novella is better than the big one that followed it, even though it's completely predictable. It's not excellent, but it's much better than most of his recent work, too. Spooky and short enough, though the spookiness diminishes almost completely by the end.
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