- Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date:
- 08 December 1994
- Horror and Ghost Stories
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Sooner or later, I'll learn not to pick up a Dean Koontz novel unless I'm committed to read straight through it in my lazy, slow way. This tale of people you would like to get to know could have been stretched out to 600 or 700 pages, and would be by some other writer, but Koontz manages to make you live in the novel's world and see EVERYTHING, especially the dark force monster. I kind of wanted to see the dark force monster win, though, the kid survive, and another book build on that.
much darker Koontz than many of his others, but one of the best. It was spooky suspense, but not horror.
Tone of language: Intense, agitated, focused inwardPlot twists: Gradually one improbable explanation emergesCharacters: They resist sharing their inner feelingsValues: Courage, derived from the urge to protect othersPace: Maddening, drawn-out suspenseBackground Research: HandgunsSexuality: Normal husband and wife familiarityEnding: People can survive trauma, changed but okayOffensive to any group: Animal rights activistsTarget Audience: EveryoneFlaws: Layout of the house is unclear; alien creature is too easily killed
Excellent story. About a cop that gets wounded in L.A. and moves to Montana. Big theme is about how cities have gone to hell.
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