This is the first Koontz novel I have read that I didn't like. At all. I am a huge fan and have read pretty much everyting he has written. The plot is slower than mud and the evil entity is simply too powerful, too perfect and too undefeatable! I could not suspend my disbelief to get into the story because of that. On the other hand, the hero (father) is absolutely useless and essentially does nothing to defeat the evil menacing his family. As usual, a Golden Retriever is introduced (in ghost-form - which I usually like), but again, he does NOTHING to help the family. It's almost as if Koontz forgets he introduces the animal. The thing that is missing here is that the family doesn't defeat evil with some kind of goodness, inner strength, or faith. They simply luck out at the end. The ending is probably the most ridiculous "deus ex machina" contrivance I've ever read. Very disappointing.
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