They were victims....
Cold and stark, an unknown terror gripped their dreams and turned their days into living nightmares.
They were chosen....
And they could not escape. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.
©2008 Dean Koontz; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year." (Library Journal)
"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." (The New York Times Book Review)
Great character development and that might also be the problem with this book. It's a long listen (which I like) but you get to a point (early on) that you are ready to move on. This book does not.
In one of my favorite listens, The Pillars of the Earth, which is over 40 hours long, you never get bored, it constantly moves forward and it's hard to see what's "around the next curve". Alas, it is not the case here.
I enjoyed the characters, the vocalization and the theme, but when the book ended you wish you were on the 25th chapter of a 50 chapter book and had got there about 10 hours earlier...
Bottom line, it's been done before and better.
A really good Koontzian mystery cum sci-fi thriller, though it does not live up to earlier works in the character development department. See Christopher Snow (Fear Nothing, Seize the Night) for example.
This was a good story, and I would probably have enjoyed it, but I found the reader very annoying. His attempts at acting were not appreciated. His female voices came across as simpering, even the strong women characters.
I was having trouble with the Narration at first, but I changed the speed on my Ipod to the quickest and it made all the difference!
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