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Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz
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Aug 11, 2009

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I am giving this book 3 1/2 stars. This book was our book club selection for the month of August. Having never read a Dean Koontz book before, I was unsure as to what to expect. I found a cleaver story, told by an author sharp enough to twist a story just as the reader thinks they are beginning to figure it out, but does not flop it on it's side. As someone who may not suffer from full Coulrophobia (in the book a fear of clowns is referred to as Harliquinaphobia,but this is not correct) but has a general dislike of clowns, I found this story entirely believable. Clowns are angry bitter creatures who cover up their true emotions with masks and paint. I love the idea of homicidal clowns as bad guys. On the surface this story is the unlikely tale of a man who suffers through 5 prophesied terrible days, at the hands of said homicidal clowns. Underneath it is really about how our families shape us. Not by the DNA that is passed down, but by the love and nurturing we give and receive. A fun read.

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