My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The first thing that stood out to me in this book was the writing style. I have to admit after this single book I am a fan of the way Dean Koontz writes. He has a really great way with words, the story had great flow to it, with a nice mix of past and present, and an interesting story line. It was this main factor that had me reading this book cover to cover. The way things are written can make or break a book just as much as the story arc could. This book had great writing as well as a good story arc.
As far as horror is concerned I found the book to be lacking in that category. There were parts where I could see people interpreting it as or feeling scared reading it, however I never found myself scared a any point of this story. In fact I was more intrigued by what would happen next than feeling terror over the events that were occurring. Because I was expecting to be reading a horror novel I did find myself a bit disappointed in this respect.
I did like finding out the connection between Vassago and Nyebern, which in turn connected Vassago and Hatch in a very unique way, though it made me wonder why none of the other patients that Nyebern had weren’t connected to Vassago. Why Hatch and not any of the others? It was intriguing for sure but I don’t remember it being explaining in particular why Hatch had that connection to Vassago and I would have liked to find out why.
There was a fairly decent amount of death in this book and perhaps that is where the classification of horror comes from but since a lot of the deaths were not openly described in their complete brutality I found myself a bit bored with it. I think had the details of each murder, especially of the private investigator and some of Vassago’s earlier kills, been given then I might have had more respect for the book as a horror novel.
Overall I enjoyed this book, it had an interesting story, really great writing but it’s lack of horror really made me walk away from it with an overall lacking feeling. I had been expecting to read the scariest book ever, as it had been highly recommended to me at the book store when I asked for a scare the crap out of me book, and instead I felt robbed of that experience. I would recommend this book to others as I am sure there are plenty of people out there who will enjoy this book either as a horror or thriller novel and I will certainly make an effort to read more of Dean Koontz’ works in the future as I do enjoy his writing style. However I think I will approach his other books as a thriller instead of horror so that I am not disappointed in the end.