Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review: What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

It feels like it took me a month to get through this 'little' twelve hour audiobook - well it did.- which should not be interpreted as a reflection against the story, but as lack of concentration on my part - I found it hard to devote time to the audiobook and spent the majority of my commute time jamming along to eighties on eight.

Nevertheless, I've come to rely on Dean Koontz for an enjoyable read in which I know how the story ends in the first third of the book and I spend the last two thirds waiting to hear how the author gets to that resolution - oh and there's usually a golden retriever in there somewhere {GRIN}. Koontz's characters are always well developed and likable. I disagree with some reviewers that What the Night Knows was a "psychological thriller" - the novel was highly entertaining, but ultimately predictable in that "all is right with the world" kind of way. In other words, if you like Koontz - you'll like "What the Night Knows". If Koontz's style isn't your thing I can predict that you wouldn't enjoy this book - in print or audio format.

Steven Weber's narration was very well done - I appreciate a narrator who slides to the background as the story unfolds. Mr Weber's vocals were plausible and pleasant - even his "eight year old girl voice".

From the Audible Publisher's description:
In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family — his wife and three children — will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was 14 and killed their slayer. As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return. Here is a ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz was published by Brilliance Audio, narrated by Steven Weber and runs 12 hours 28 minutes. Audible Release date December 28th, 2010.

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