Monday, September 24, 2007

The Door to December book review

I had never read Koontz before, and this book was sitting on my shelf for years. I picked it up as part of the RIP Challenge, and once I started I couldn't put it down. This book is part crime thriller (like Patterson, but so much richer) and part horror (like early King--the occult-type stuff), and all in all a well-written, well-developed story. It moves fast, but flows evenly. The characters are likeable, and while it isn't hugely based on character, the characters are developed enough to get you invested. The story is good too--keeps you guessing long enough to get interested, and by the time you figure it out, you like the characters enough to keep reading. I won't try to explain the plot, because I'm afraid I would give away too much (and you can always read the synopsis on the back of the book, right?), but it works. I don't know what part was scarier--the occult aspect, or delving into the evil that lurks within humankind. But either way, this was a nice chilling read for the Halloween season.

6 comments:

Nicola said...

You know, I've never read Koontz yet either. I have a couple of his books and I'll have to make sure I give him a try. This sounds great!

jenclair said...

This sounds good. I'm adding it to my list!

Debi said...

I've never read Koontz either, but like Nicola, I do have a few. (Don't know why I haven't read them yet...okay the overflowing piles may have something to do with it.) Glad to hear you enjoyed him...think maybe ought to dig one out and give him a try.

Eva said...

I've never tried Koontz-maybe I'll give this one a look!

cj said...

For those of you who've never read Koontz and like suspense and being given the creeps, go for it. He's one of my favorite authors. I loved The Door to December and my favorite most recent book by him was The Face. I also adore his Odd Thomas novels.

cjh

Stephanie said...

I used to read Koontz alot. I haven't pick up any of his books lately though. It may be time for me to visit him again!