- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007518021
- ISBN-13: 978-0007518029
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3,303 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,028,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Innocence Paperback – 2013
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On a personal note - Dean Koontz (while being one of my favorite authors) is also high on my list of really good people. I don't know him personally & never even met him, but contacted him and asked for a donation of a signed book to auction off for an animal rescue non-profit fundraiser with little hope of hearing back since I hadn't gotten responses from other authors I'd contacted . He very kindly and generously sent a signed copy of A Big Little Life". I'm sure he gets requests all the time and I was amazed and grateful that he responded.
Addison Goodheart is an outsider who must hide his appearance from everyone lest he be brutally attacked and killed by those repulsed by his face. During a night excursion into the library he meets Gwyneth, a girl who cannot stand to be touched. Together, this couple must face the most terrifying night of their lives and possibly see the end of the world by dawn. It is a tragic love story, as Addison must stay wrapped up in a ski mask and hoodie so she can never see him no matter how he feels about her, and as they begin to grow closer there is this aching sadness as you know he can never hold her as he longs to because of her phobia. And yet, somehow, their story grows deeper by the moment.
In the end, we are taken from this tragic story into a place of hope. Everything is not tied up nicely in a bow, but the story is satisfying. Though I would love to see a sequel, I doubt Dean ever tries to write one as the story feels complete as it is and it's hard to imagine a way to continue Addison's adventures.
The only thing I really disliked about the story was the jarring way Dean would write one chapter in the present, and the next in Addison's past. It seemed like every important plot point somehow demanded a flashback to explain why it was significant.Read more ›
This book is beyond words, and, although I would like to say more and extol its value and profundity, I do not want to give away a fragment of the secret gems hidden within the pages of this unforgettable book!
As his readers already know, Mr. Koontz is a master of words. However, this book reads like the finest poetry; his writing is that lyrical! His descriptions are tender and moving. His characters are true and show that Koontz truly understands the many facets of human nature. Although this book is categorized as mystical fantasy and deals with unrealistic happenings, it rings true-to-life because of its exemplary character development and realistic and vivid settings.
This book is poignant and thought inducing, tender and hopeful, and will be forever etched in the reader’s mind and heart.
Get the idea? This book has never met an adjective it didn't like. Why use a simple word when a four-syllable one exists? It also has a case of multiple personality. Is it a fairy tale, murder mystery, horror story, novel about a dystopian world of the future? Who knows? It's really all of these.
Almost every page deals with how no one can look at the main character, Addison Goodheart (really??) without wanting to kill him (we are never given his description), but when we finally find out why, it's an anticlimax. I downloaded the book to my Kindle after all the 5-star reviews, but I wish I hadn't.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A story of wonder, mystery, love and loneliness. In my opinion, probably one of Koontz' best works to date!Published 3 days ago by James W
A strange story with a deep lesson. It tells of a world of greed and many bad choices made by humankind.Published 4 days ago by Mariereader
I really enjoyed this book, the story was very unique. I was surprised and captivated. It was really a creative look at a different future.Published 13 days ago by Dlstark
This book was thought provoking. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to others who like Dean Koontz. Happy reading.Published 15 days ago by Kathy Boehm
I liked the story but did not like the way it ended very much but others may like it. If you like Dean Koontz you will like this book, keeps your interest.Published 26 days ago by pixie