April 24, 2012

What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

Title:  What the Night Knows
Author:  Dean Koontz
Format:  PB
Pages:  521
Genre:  Horror / Thriller
Publisher:  Bantam, 2011
ISBN-13:    978-0553593075     
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  Making the wheel, Minnie was in the thrall of a higher power, just as the Light ensured that Frodo should be the one Ring-bearer.

Synopsis (PBS):  In the late summer of a long-ago year, Alton Turner Blackwood brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood?s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family?his wife and three children?will be targets, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer. As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Review:  This book wasn't one of my favorites by this author.  It has plenty of thrills and chills, but it also seemed a little sappy to me.  I really can't think of a better word than sappy.  It took away from the story for me because it was so blatant.  Also, I knew what was going on before the book was even half done and I knew the good guys would prevail.  It was just too easy.

Rating:  5.5 / 10

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