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Shattered by Dean Koontz
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Aug 20, 2009

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bookshelves: suspense
Recommended for: Koontz fans

SHATTERED was first published in the very early 70s, under a pseudonym. Glimmers of what was to become the Koontz style are present: The ever-ratcheting tension; the taut phrasing. Unfortunately, as others have stated, the book has become terribly dated in the almost 40 years since its publication. The tensions over Vietnam, who fought and who didn't, and the evils of "the establishment" are offered. Those of us who were small during this era will have to take Koontz's word for it.

There are, however, extremely timely themes here. Road rage, stalking and prejudice have not only remained, but gotten worse since the early 70s. Prejudice has changed its form, but it's still around and just as ugly. Then it was long hair and loud shirts, now it's other things that stir up the bigots. As to stalking, imagine what Koontz could have done if the internet were around when he was writing this novel.

It all feels padded, however, and even though it's padded, the ending is so abrupt and unsatisfying that it mars the entire project. Dean Koontz can do much better and, thankfully for us, he has.

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