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Intensity by Dean Koontz
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May 24, 12

it was ok
Read in May, 2012

Intensity opens in the vineyards on Napa Valley. This book went well on my recent wine vacation. The story is about 25 year-old Chyna Shepherd (it was written in the 90's) as she joins her friend's family for a weekend getaway. That night a man breaks into the house and kills everyone except Chyna, who is able to hide and was not expected to be there. What follows is a psychological thriller as Chyna does her best to get out of the situation alive.

The reader is forewarned that Chyna is in a masters of psychology program at UCSF, which means that considerable bloat is given to her long and repetitive passages of psychoanalysis about the killer and Chyna's own troubled upbringing. Throughout the plot the reader can't help but to think what he/she would have done differently. The choices that Chyna and the killer make, while overly explained by Koontz, allows the story to extend as much as possible.

On a spoiler alert note, I had trouble getting over the killing of her friend so early in the story. It gives Chyna little incentive to continue tracking the killer (rather than fleeing for help). Koontz tries to address this by introducing Ariel, a girl he claims is imprisoned in his home basement. Chyna for whatever reason makes a lot of assumptions about this girl (including identifying a lot of herself in this unmet person) in order to keep her from merely fleeing. Suspect, sir.
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