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The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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The real suspense involves a "feral" boy of 12, Crispin, who lives in the wilds of a large city and guided by the dog is attempting to outrun his mother and stepfather and the memories that make the deviltry in "Rosemary's Baby," seem almost benign.
No kid should be exposed to what Crispin witnessed three years earlier involving his younger sister Mirabell and brother (also named) Harley. Now he's running for his life, in flight from the supernatural and living by his wits and daring.
This is the first I've read from Koontz in several years and I remember now how he manages tells a story simply and builds suspense incrementally slipping easily into a world at once as ghostly as it is real. At times you feel as if you're reading a fairy tale. "Yet life is good. Oh, it is grand. The children eat only what they like. They go to bed only when they wish. Each rises to his or her own clock."
The story accelerates as the suspense builds and Koontz delivers, as usual, an ending that is powerful, cathartic and noisy. Crispin is living in a world out of harmony with itself and his determination to uncover the nature of truth and reality is as strong as his will to survive. As for the fate of the dog? You'll need to find that out on your own.
Seriously, the book was so bad I wondered if Koontz really wrote it at all or did he just allow someone to do short story for him and he pinned his name to it? The book just doesn't make sense. Phantom avatars you put in your pocket? Really? The protagonist walking out of a burning building with the sprinklers going full blast and the he doesn't get wet- even though the other people do- AND THERE'S NO EXPLAINATION AS TO WHY? (You'll get it when you read it why this is so annoying). Koontz is always so methodical about explaining the unexplainable, about weaving a tale so wonderfully complex and amazing, and no matter how utterly insane the plot gets IT MAKES SENSE in the end. There's no "he found the keys, but he doesn't know when he learned of them (the keys) or if he ever did". THE KEYS being the ones that allow the protagonist to enter the room in an attempt to save his brother's life- yet when it was his little sister being murdered all he could do was pound on the door.
Was Koontz on medications when he wrote this? Perhaps someone kidnapped him and wrote under his name. I can only hope. Regardless of this disappointment, I am still a die-hard Dean Koontz fan.Read more ›
Creepy and atmospheric, this tale is wonderful reading from a chilly winter's night. A novella truly deserving of the Koontz name.
This book was a disappointment however. I had settled in for a nice long read with a well crafted storyline about Crispin and his dog Harley venturing alone in the city under the most unusual of circumtances.
Told partly in present tense and partly in flashback, this story addressed some aspects of the background but not others. In fact, some things were left largely to the imagination of the reader and only implied. I was sure it was building to a great climax where all of my questions would be answered. Abruptly, it was over!
The ending seemed very rushed, more like homework thrown together at the last minute before it was due to be handed in. I found myself wondering what the rush was? This is not Dean's usual standard.
This story could have been developed into so much more and it's disappointing that time and effort wasn't taken to do so. Why Dean has chosen to build to a potentially great climax and then walk away from it is beyond speculation.
While the storyline was a great read, the ending left me dissatisfied and unhappy. I was glad I hadn't spent regular retail price for this in hard copy and while I will continue to buy his books, I am definitely hoping for a better result with the next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story line! I absolutely love Dean Koontz. He makes such interesting characters in strange circumstances. I'm looking forward to the next one.Published 24 days ago by Dianne Rodriguez
I didn't love this and found myself bored. Maybe another story by him would be better for me, this one just didn't cut it...Published 1 month ago by Melissa C. Zimmerman
I like how Dean always has a GREAT dog character in his novels!!Published 1 month ago by Jamie Whitmore
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