Dark Rivers Of The Heart, Paperback book

Dark Rivers Of The Heart[Paperback]

by Dean Koontz

2.93 out of 5 (7 ratings)

Headline Publishing Group 
Publication Date:
02 November 1995 
Modern & Contemporary 


Spencer Grant is physically and emotionally scarred. An outsider, he often sits for hours in bars just to avoid being alone - and to tell his story to someone who won't remember it the next morning. But last night he met Valerie and something about her melted his isolation. Then she doesn't turn up for work and he finds her home abandoned, with a strange message fixed to the wall. Before he has time to wonder who or what Valerie is, the house is hit by an explosion. Spencer escapes, only to find himself on the run - not only from his past but also from the conspiracy he has unwittingly stumbled on.

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  • This is the most complex of Koont's books I have read of his so far. A lot of the chase sequence could have been avoided, but overall, we get to know the duality of the protagonists (who do not think they are "good,") and the antagonists (who think they are perfect in compassion).. This also is the most intersting usage of Dean's chiarcuric storytelling technique and runs just short of "perfect" becaquse it shouldn't take a week to read a book, not even one written by such a good writer at DK,

    4.50 out of 5


  • Not a bad read it you like Koontz. I enjoyed it more than some of the later novels.

    3.50 out of 5


  • I have mixed feelings on this particular Koontz novel. On the positive side it's actually a decent read (when compared to newer Koontz novels) and has a nice pace. The negative aspects I noticed: a) Cliche' cat and mouse chaseb) Heroes characters that are all goodc) Villain characters that are all badd) Repetition in novels of plot devices (i.e- a major plot element in this novel I can list about 7 other Koontz novels that use the same device)I think that Koontz tends to lend his main characters either too good or too bad. I like a nice blend that blurs the lines of morality. I also sometimes like to root for the bad guy but the main villain in this one (as most of Koontz novels) is utterly despicable. I did enjoy reading this but the same ole same ole stories after numerous DK books is wearing thin and I will at some point give up completely on him as he seems to have run out of new ideas.

    3.50 out of 5


  • Too exhaustive reading, too much detail, too many words. Should have been condenced.

    3.00 out of 5


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