- Hardcover: 775 pages
- Publisher: Thorndike Pr (August 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786228644
- ISBN-13: 978-0786228645
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,923,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This whole story feels unnecessarily padded, like it was a novella (or even a regular novel) stretched into something more than it was ever meant to be. There are two many unnecessary characters here, and far too much back story going on. Rachel and her killer ex-husband, Eric, then we add Rachel's new boyfriend with the secret past, Ben. Now add Anson Sharp (Ben's arch-nemesis) and his complacent sidekick, throw in a couple of cops hounding the case, and you have far too much going on. If the story had focused on the three main characters and given us Sharp as a little mixer, this would have been better. Instead, Dean never seems to miss a chance to send the characters off on some multiple page interior monologue or detailed back story that ultimately drags down the action to a crawl. You can literally skip several pages at a time and find the same character still going on and on about something or other.
If you are familiar with Dean's other works and know he is a great writer, you can read this lesser effort. If this is your first look at one of his books, please skip it or you'll give up on his as a writer and miss some great novels like "Tick Tock", "Innocence", and "The Face".
The story was interesting and I could tell it was some of his earlier writing. The characters were interesting although some were not as developed as others and the ending was rather abrupt. I gave this 4-stars although it really should be 3.5 because I did make it all the way through but I ended up skimming parts since not much was happening and nothing essential to the plot was included.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one. The description of this book wasn't that great. It didn't really depict what was going to go down in this one. Although, there were several sections of this that I enjoyed and even laughed at. It just sort of fizzled out for me. Mainly because Koontz has to describe every last thing. I understand why it paints a pretty picture but at points it was so annoying. I think it actually detracts from the book. I heard somewhere that once you've made a sale stop selling it. I feel like all the description really ruins the flow.
The descriptions in this one became so repetitive and annoying. It was sort of the same thing over and over again. Eric's changing. Rachael didn't really seem real. I'm not sure who was supposed to be the main character. When this one ended I was glad. It wasn't like some of his other books that I have enjoyed. I didn't get this one.
Like many of his other books as this one develops it winds faster and faster. It doesn't take long till you are really emotionally invested.