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The House of Thunder

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Wild Ride

Dean Koontz is the master of the twist, and this story had so many it nearly gave me whiplash. You're never sure what genre he's aiming for - horror, mystery, espionage thriller, love story, sci-fi -, but that's all part of the fun. Sure, there are the usual Koontz miss...
Dean Koontz is the master of the twist, and this story had so many it nearly gave me whiplash. You're never sure what genre he's aiming for - horror, mystery, espionage thriller, love story, sci-fi -, but that's all part of the fun. Sure, there are the usual Koontz missteps: a far-fetched denoument which strains believability to the breaking point and beyond, a corny love story, and a very dated Cold War sensibility. This early effort by Mr. Koontz wouldn't be out of place as the plot of a Twilight Zone episode. Worth reading, especially for Koontz fans.

posted by Anonymous on May 12, 2008

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing

This is one of those mysteries where you have absolutely no idea what is going on until the very end. Is she imagining things because of her brain injury? Is she really seeing ghosts come back from the dead to take their revenge? Or is it all just an elaborate plot to s...
This is one of those mysteries where you have absolutely no idea what is going on until the very end. Is she imagining things because of her brain injury? Is she really seeing ghosts come back from the dead to take their revenge? Or is it all just an elaborate plot to send her crazy? I really enjoyed most this book and I would have loved to give it a higher mark. Sadly, though, it was let down by the ending, which seemed to be rushed and didn't really fit the rest of the story. It is as if the author ran out of inspiration at a certain point and just tacked on a stock ending. I was left with a feeling of dissapointment and anti-climax when I finished this novel. Such a shame.

posted by seldombites on February 11, 2012

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  • Posted February 11, 2012

    Disappointing

    This is one of those mysteries where you have absolutely no idea what is going on until the very end. Is she imagining things because of her brain injury? Is she really seeing ghosts come back from the dead to take their revenge? Or is it all just an elaborate plot to send her crazy? I really enjoyed most this book and I would have loved to give it a higher mark. Sadly, though, it was let down by the ending, which seemed to be rushed and didn't really fit the rest of the story. It is as if the author ran out of inspiration at a certain point and just tacked on a stock ending. I was left with a feeling of dissapointment and anti-climax when I finished this novel. Such a shame.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    I don't know

    It was just ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2000

    Yet another amnesia story.

    This book is a little older in age and style than Koontz's newer science-oriented works. It's not quite as engrossing as his other books, but it's still reasonably thrilling. The things that disappointed me most: (1) It's just another unlikely story about amnesia, like the many shown on TV for decades; (2) The attempted solo escape at night towards the end was too unrealistic in every situation/house encountered; (3) The premise that anyone would go to that much trouble over one person, no matter how important, is implausible. Still, if you like the usual Koontzesque treatment of science-occult fusion, mystery, action, romance, threats of rape & torture, Big Brother paranoia, and determined individualists, you'll find it here. In summary, I'd say the book's not bad, but too conventional to get particularly excited about.

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