The Voice Of The Night (Dean Koontz)

voice-of-the-nightYou cannot rush Dean Koontz. He will take his time. He refuses to be intimidated by the competition. He hasn’t built such a long and successful career by turning out tripe. I know now that he wrote quite a few under different names (take a bow Owen West). As a best selling author would get a bad rep from the critics if he/she published more than one book a year in the 1970s – and an author couldn’t survive on one book a year. Strange but true.

And I am amazed that each book of his I have read has been fantastic. This is one that has been republished under his real name, and it never fails. As soon as I picked it up, like with all of his books, I could not put it down until I was finished. Some novels start out a bit boring, setting you up for the interesting stuff later on in the book, and maybe you end up glad that you were able to hang in there. Koontz sucks you in on the very first page and has you literally on the edge of your seat – or bed – or wherever you happen to be reading – and keeps you there until the last page. In older books like these that are being republished I love the afterwards that he writes. The man is incredibly talented and humorous.

The relationship between the two boys in Voice of the Night grabs your interest from the very beginning because you know something is wrong. I was swooped right up into the action and feared for the safety of our young hero and his girlfriend as they plot to figure out a way to stop the boy who is committing mayhem all around them. One thing that strikes me about this story is the way kids can get into trouble in life and have no adult to turn to. That is the case here and only ingenuity, strength and love help these two see their way through a nightmare turned real. The chapters are seductively short so it is difficult to stop reading. You will love this book. This book is so creepy because it really could happen.

Imagine a nice, lonely boy who has never fit in before, becoming best friends with one of the most popular boys at school. Unfortunately, the popular boy is really evil and cruel. If you have ever heard of the boiling frog theory, where you turn up the water hotter and hotter but the frog doesn’t realize it, so it doesn’t jump out–this is what happens with the boys. The moral of this story: please watch out who your kids hang out with! A really scary, morbidly fascinating plot. As in some of his earlier period writing, the author seems almost to believe that good and evil are innate qualities at birth, though obviously anyone can cultivate either in the course of their development. As the evil character Roy would say – “its a popper!”

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