I love Koontz, but this one was definately not one of his best. I felt embarrased for the narrator's rendition. Most of his characterizations sounded just like Deputy Droop Along. Horrible! The five days, although exciting, became boring...they all had the same theme, and left the reader feeling... Disappointed.
I wasn't too sure about this book when I first got into it. We're talking about evil clowns here which creeps me out enough thanks to good ol' Stephen King. Unlike SK's ability to make you BELIEVE it, I, at first, was skeptical and even laughed at some of the bizarre situations that set up this book.
HOWEVER, I will say that I continued on and I did enjoy this book quite a bit more than I would've believed when I first started. The characters of Lori and Jimmy (and Jimmy's hilarious family) were very endearing. The storytelling reminded me a bit of "Odd Thomas" which I LOVED, by the way.
Koontz pulls one out with this book, and I would recommend it. While I have read other books by him I liked more ("Odd Thomas" being one), it wouldn't prevent me from telling my friends to check it out. It was entertaining, suspenseful, and had some really great twists that made me audibly gasp. I sometimes can see things coming far in advance, but not with this book.
If you're like me and hate clowns anyway, that should give you enough creep-factor to get started. Just don't get distracted in the beginning with the over-the-top storyline. I promise, it gets better fast.
Is Koontz a comedy writer now? I could see this one fitting into the Scary Movie genre.
Some of the dialogue makes me think that it was written with that in mind.
It's almost as if he were dared by a friend to write a story that included a circus clown and a baker as its main characters. He certainly did it, but the result while well written is just plain bizarre.
Not my favorite Koontz by a long shot.
Wow, what a wonderful Dean Koontz novel! At first I was expecting the usual Koontz supernatural tale, however, I was very pleasantly surprised and entertained with this intense, but funny tale of a very remarkable man and his family. Loved it!
OK, what have you done with the real Dean Koontz? This book was surely not written by him! Not even close to his usual superb style. Cryptic, stilted, inappropriate, STUPID conversation. Predictable plot from start to finish. Complete waste of time. Spend your money on ANY other of his books - not this one!