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Life Expectancy: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2012
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Armed with the five dates, the adult Jimmy, now a baker by profession, must face those five days. As each date approaches, Jimmy feels the sword of Damocles dangling by an invisible thread over his head. What will each horrible day bring, and when during the day will the sword drop? Each chapter covers the time leading up to and through one of the prophesied days. Those days are horrible indeed. They are also interrelated and tied to a mysterious fact about Jimmy's birth that he has yet to discover.
I breathed a sigh of relief when I closed the cover of this book, but not because of the ending. I'm referring to the fact that Koontz has redeemed himself for his disappointing last book, "The Taking," with the suspenseful and surprise-filled "Life Expectancy." Koontz is the only horror writer I know who can seamlessly blend horror, humor, love, and hope. The only reason I did not give this book five stars is because I felt his trademark juxtaposition of horror and humor actually went a bit overboard at times. The story is full of twists and turns and tension-filled moments. It is populated with quirky characters including pastry chefs, a tornado chaser, a morbidly pessimistic Grandma, demented circus performers, and a pet portrait painter. Recommended as a riveting and satisfying read that both chills and radiates the warmth of a freshly baked loaf of bread.
If you are a longstanding Koontz fan like myself you will see echoes here of Odd Thomas and, more likely, Tick Tock (which, if there IS a God he will rerelease in hardcover). If this is your first Dean Koontz novel, then Prepare to be Enchanted.
Two decades later, Jimmy is in the library when seemingly the same clown from twenty years ago and two accomplices shoot the librarian and capture Jimmy and Lorrie Lynn Hicks. Explosives are placed in tunnels that link the library underground to the courthouse. Jimmy knows he will survive this ordeal because he believes terrible day two awaits him in the future. However, he ponders what could happen to those he cares about like Lorrie Lynn when a terrible day occurs and what will happen to him when terrible day five happens?
LIFE EXPECTANCY is a terrific suspense driven tale when it concentrates on knowing a segment of your future, but unable to do anything to thwart it except perhaps avoiding those you cherish. When the story line switches into grave humor such as the dialogues between Lorrie Lynn and Jimmy, it loses some of the tingling chills. Jimmy is terrific as the first person narrator, but though fans of Dean Koontz will enjoy this tale, the jocularity takes away from a powerful premise.
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I can't decide if his writing is from the mind of a schizophrenic (LOL) or a truly brilliant, compassionate man who can tell a story so balanced between disturbing moments inside... Read morePublished 11 days ago by S. Toornburg
Great book! Fast paced right from the start. This is probably my favorite Dean Koontz book so far. I haven't read them all.Published 22 days ago by Julia
This is my favorite book of all time! And considering how much I read, that's saying a lot! :)Published 26 days ago by Tina Ray
I have never read a book quite like this, violence; by dates in the life of an average person; interesting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lauri Rosenlof
Still a pretty good read though not my favorite. Be careful to make sure you get a book by Dean Joint that's actually written by him. There is an imposter using his namePublished 1 month ago by Marsha