The first Dean Koontz book I read was Intensity, you can read the review here. Koontz is one of the most popular authors in the horror genre. I thought the book was quite good, except for the ending.
Koontz devoted several pages to making sure the book had a happy ending and so we could feel all warm and fuzzy inside after such a scary story. The ending was awful. The book has 12 chapters, I suggest you only read 11 of them.
My first experience with Koontz was bitter-sweet. Great book. Horrible Ending. I’ve now read a total of 5 Dean Koontz books and most of them have been excellent, except one which good story line was ruined by the ending (Your Heart Belongs to Me), and another whose ending I’ve decided to forget exists (Intensity).
Seize the Night
Finished September 12, 2011
Seize the Night is the second book in the Moonlight Bay Trilogy featuring Christopher Snow, a man suffering from a rare disorder called xeroderma pigmentosum which forces him to avoid the sunlight which is harmful to him and to carpe noctem (seize the night). Chris lives in Moonlight Bay, a town haunted by a past of government genetic experimentation in which his parents had participated. Those experiments were long over and the military base was abandoned, or so it was thought. When the town’s children begin to disappear Chris and his friends follow the trail to Fort Wyvern and learn that the base wasn’t entirely abandoned and that many sinister things still exist at the base.
I rated this book 5/5 stars. It included aspects of science fiction and the paranormal, as well as horror and suspense. Although this is the second installment in a trilogy, I did not have a hard time picking up on the character relations without reading the book’s prequel.
Finished September 21, 2011
What happens when an author responds to a negative review a critic gave him? Well hopefully not what happened to Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich. He just wanted to talk to the critic Shearman Waxx. Cubby takes his son Milo to lunch at a restaurant that Waxx frequents hoping to spot him. What starts out as a very humerous situation at the restaurant soon turns deadly. Waxx critiques others, he does not tolerate criticism of his own work. Shearman Waxx is a relentless psychopath who utterly destroys anything or anyone that attempts to question his literary criticism.
This book grabbed my attention immediately. The story is fast paced and at some parts quite chilling. I rated this book 5/5 stars.
The Good Guy
Finished October 13 2011
Timothy Carrier was just having a beer at the bar when a mysterious man slips him an envelope with Linda Paquette’s photo, address and some cash. He was mistaken for a contract killer the man had hired. Timothy considered it his moral duty to make sure this woman was safe. Eventually it is discovered that Timothy was not in fact a contract killer and he finds himself also being hunted by a killer.
The Good Guy is a stereotypical Koontz thriller. The main characters find themselves being chased by a psychopath who won’t stop until they are dead. Koontz creates many twists and unexpected events in his novels that keeps each story unique in its own right despite the similar plots.
Your Heart Belongs to Me
Finished December 16, 2011
Your Heart Belongs to Me starts out with a great storyline. People dueling about who gets pushed to the top of the heart transplant list. Those with enough money are able to buy an organ without questioning where it came from. Ignoring the clues that suggest the heart came from a recently living healthy person who fell victim of a murderous scam. Ryan Perry is one of those ignorant men who received one of these transplanted hearts. Soon he discovers he is being stalked and terrorized from a member of the victim’s family.
About 75% of this book is great. However, the ending is just awful. This book is rated 3/5 stars. All of Koontz’s books have happy endings (at least the ones I’ve read). Sometimes it flows with the story. But in this book it does not. Sometimes a great story needs a sad and suspenseful ending. I would not recommend this book.