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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A fair outing but not his best

In my opinion, Dean Koontz is usually at his best when writing in a realistic vein. This novel has none of the other-worldly overtones or supernatural elements so prominent in much of his work. This is a straight-up thriller. Dean gives us a quirky serial killer, a Hitc...
In my opinion, Dean Koontz is usually at his best when writing in a realistic vein. This novel has none of the other-worldly overtones or supernatural elements so prominent in much of his work. This is a straight-up thriller. Dean gives us a quirky serial killer, a Hitchcockian premise, a nail-biting chase, some witty (but cliched) dialogue, and a bit of preaching (his libertarian political views are clearly on display). The story is, however, somewhat predictable and is very similar in its themes and plot to other recent Koontz novels (Velocity and The Husband come to mind). For a light and breezy way to pass a summer day, it's worth checking out.

posted by 227800 on September 8, 2009

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Not His Finest

Usually I'm intrigued by the characters and their thrilling journey. This, however, was slightly disappointing. Although the male lead character was engaging, the female lead was not as engaging and at times irritated me. I was unable to connect with her and sometimes w...
Usually I'm intrigued by the characters and their thrilling journey. This, however, was slightly disappointing. Although the male lead character was engaging, the female lead was not as engaging and at times irritated me. I was unable to connect with her and sometimes wished the killer-for-hire would just get her already. He definitely has better books to represent him.

posted by TulaneGirl on December 11, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    Didn't even finish the book

    I should have known not to read this book. Koontz writes best when he writes sci-fi. And I LOVE the Odd Thomas character. And I love dry humor but not in more than one character. This book may be suspenseful but I quit reading after a few chapters. If I buy Koontz, it's to read believable sci-fi with great characters. Gone are the good 'ol days apparently. Sorry Dean

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2007

    Thumbs Down

    The Dean Koontz formula was too clearly recognizeable in this story. The story line lacked originality and at times unrealistic. It the main character can climb a Joseph's Coat Rose, he's made of steel. 'Not Realistic' The protagonist's deep dark secret that was hinted at throughout the story was not what I might think of as something to hide. The ending was rushed and not very realistic.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    I had hoped for more, but like Stephen King, Koontz's vintage work just isn't there any more. The characters were very shallow and underdeveloped. The big secret that was so elusive was really nothing that interesting. It was just a giant chase scene with a very quick, undramatic ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2007

    Whatever...

    This is just one long chase scene, and there are no clues as to why that would keep you interested. The whole story is just ridiculous and the ending a farce.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Below Par

    Usually love his books, but this one was a real disappointment. Never made me like the characters and was totally clueless when it comes to describing how a woman thinks. Read half of it and was relieved to put it down. Hope he gets back to his old self because I wouldn't read anything else like this. Bring back Christopher Snow!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    Disappointing

    Disappointing. I thought the plot was disjointed and unbelievable, with not enough "pay-off" for wading through it. There were intriguing moments in this novel, and I kept hoping that the plot, though unbelievable in so many ways, was going to finally come together and make sense of the convoluted mish-mash. It never did. The biggest mystery of all was that at the end, I kept wondering whether I had the author right--wasn't this the guy who usually wrote really gripping, fantastic horror novels? I could swear I'd read some great books by him many years ago. . . but maybe not. I felt like the author just got tired of writing at the end, and suddenly couldn't resist blurting out "The End!" and that was it!

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