Readers who liked The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo should like this. The two heroines (Lisbeth in Dragon Tattoo and Chyna in Intensity) were similar in their actions. Chyna chose to fight what seemed impossible. Instead of running and trying to get away (like normal people) she went after him with the barest of weapons. She was resilient, resourceful, brave. She called it reckless caring. In the beginning of the story, Chyna is trying to get away from Edgler a serial killer. But when she hears that he has kept a sixteen year old girl prisoner in his basement for a year, Chyna decides to follow him, go to his home, and free the girl. A theme I liked is Lisbeth and Chyna refusing to be victims. In Dragon Tattoo I was scared at times. In Intensity I was scared almost all the time.
About a third of the way in I was so scared that I considered stopping unless I had assurance that there would be a good ending. So I jumped to the end and read the last half hour. It was great! The author tied things up well including the aftermath. Then I went back and read the rest of the book. It was still terribly frightening, but I was able to survive because I knew the ending would be good. Reading the end early in no way hurt the story for me. It made it better.
Just because I liked this does not mean it’s my preferred genre. I do not want a daily diet of constant scariness and intensity.
Edgler enjoyed destroying beauty. He would torture victims with knives and tools. The author does not show the torture/killing scenes in detail. Instead they are told or referred to and the reader sees the bodies after. I was fine with that. But I also would have been ok with more details and gore.
A few times Chyna recalls life with her mother Ann. Ann lived a nomadic life with different boyfriends, drinking, and drugs. One boyfriend killed people in Chyna’s presence. Ann enjoyed watching murder. Chyna growing up with Ann was a story of hiding, self protection, and not being cared for. In contrast, I loved the way Chyna treated and cared for Ariel.
I love that Koontz does not use tired cliches. He creates his own. They please me. Here are a few examples:
She was in an old testament mood, unwilling to turn the other cheek just now.
She was baking and nourishing a loaf of panic, plump and yeasty.
The car will tumble ass over tea kettle if it goes over the edge.
The narrator Kate Burton was fabulous. She used a style so appropriate for the intense sentences with pauses. She enhanced the experience.
Genre: suspense thriller.
Ending: good guys win.
If you love Dean Koontz, you will absolutely love this one. From start to finish you are totally absorbed by the characters. I could almost hear the sounds as the girl listened for the murderer.
Very suspenseful. I was listening to it alone in my apartment and I could not turn out the light. I loved it.
This is one of those listens that improves as familiarity progresses. To begin with I found the whole thing a bit slow with background descriptions leaning towards the excessive, but once things get moving you will soon be carried along in the rush. The narrator puts a lot of effort into the presentation and generally succeeeds very well.
China Sheppard was an amazingly strong woman.
Kate Burton brought China Sheppard's character to life. I was able to connect with her.
China Sheppard, untouched and alive........ The elks in the woods were awesome.
I am relatively new to audible books and because she was so awesome, I will look for books narrated by Kate Burton.
There is nothing better than a good book!
Ok- now that I have finished this Koontz tale, I can actually breathe! Wow! This was INTENSE!!!
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There are two main reasons why this book is great-- the good girl, China, and the bad boy, the monster killer. When their paths collide, they sparkle and roar and catch fire...
Intensity, that's how the bastard lives and how the book turns to ashes.
the story was great
definately a nail bitter
her getting out of the chains
both, not much crying.
a must listen, this is a great book
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This was a good book. It was very detailed- maybe a bit tooo detailed at times (I was working while I listen to it and would get busy so I would rewind it to see what I missed and it was usually nothing) but it was worth a read! It kept you wondering what was going to happen next and I enjoyed it.