Not only is the story wholly predictable, it is flat and uninteresting, too. Also, I have fallen away from "Koontz-fandom" in recent years because he has waxed increasingly towards the supernatural - away from what I always found most fascinating about Koontzes' writing: he could make something seem supernatural, but then explain it away with scientific wizardry.
This last book is Kootzes' absolute worst. Not only did I not like it because it was all about the supernatural, but it was one of Koontzes' worst stories ever, too. On top of the story being predictable, the narration was clunky and difficult to follow. The characters were flat, and there were characters that made no sense to the story appearing out of no-where, too.
And oh my god, don't get me started about the reader for the audio version. The guy had absolutely almost no inflection, and when he did have it, it was as often inappropriate to what was going on in the story as it was appropriate. There were moments through the reading, too, that I had to turn the playback off because I was finding the guy's awful voice just too annoying to bear during heated moments in the story. He was obviously trying to convey excitement or suspense, but all he was managing to do was come across like fingernails on a friggin chalkboard during these scenes!
Skip this one, folks. I don't know if Koontz is just heading downhill or what, but this book is just absolutely plain awful.
This book sucked. Koontz keeps putting out garbag book after garbage book. Nothing scary about this book at all and I didn't get the ending at all. Not waisting anymore of my money on these boring books
This just might be the scariest book by Koontz that I have read to date; wow!
As always, Koontz delivers on suspense, unique characters, humour, and overall excellent storytelling.
Yes the story is good and the narrortor is good keeps your attention.
story line is good
no but certainly would again.
I've enjoyed Koontz books in the past. However, this was one of the most predictable, cliche', and artless books I've ever suffered through. It is the sort of book one can clearly see is a rip-off of the 90s movie Fallen. That movie, although not great, was much better than this "story."
I usually like Dean Koontz, but this book was terribly slow - so slow it was really hard to pay attention to what was being read. All of the action happened in the last hour, and it took way too long to get to that point.
I appreciate that a young girl was showing off a big vocabulary in the book, but Dean Koontz also seemed to be showing off his love of big words and lofty descriptions - all completely unnecessary and just adding to the number of hours it took to get through this.
Steven Weber did a great job as narrator - I would listen to him again. Big fan! :)
I have really enjoyed Dean Koontz's books in the past and have read probably most of them. But this... is so boring and stupid. This is the first time I have almost given up on a book and it took all my effort not to. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for finishing because it wasn't worth it - a complete waste of time.
Certainly not his best, Koontz simply provides an entertaining and spooky break from any "heavy reading". A Girl Scout campfire could have produced the same.
I have always been a fan of Dean Koontz but this book was terrible. There was barely any dialog, it consisted almost entirely of the characters thinking and dreaming. I stuck it out to the end but it never improved, My sister couldn't make it past the first half. I miss his more exciting books like Phantoms, Lighting, Mr. Murder, Watchers and so many others. The first Odd Thomas book was good but after that they also became less dialog and too much introspection. Pass on this one, save your credit.
Don't bother. I hate the fact that I wasted money on this. Listened to the first hour and thought it was the biggest bore ever. Darn, I've got a long drive ahead and nothing to listen to,