Book Review: Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz



And that could be an understatement.

I’ve read eight Koontz’s books so far and I loved this. Really. I will not spoil you about anything, if you have not yet read this series. The story was not the “most-original-story-there-is” but that’s Koontz’s specialty – he turns that “old-story” into something you never thought of.

This is the story of Odd, who was named because of a clerical mistake on his birth certificate. But then his characteristics match his name and so everyone calls him that. He sees dead people. And fortunately, he saw something out of place one fine day and that led to him and the story. (You see how hard I’m trying not to reveal any bit of the story)

He then sets out to possibly save the world, or simply his town with his girlfriend Stormy.

If you have read the book, I don’t know how you managed to think right after reading that ending. The first half of the book had its significance because of the writing and story-telling but the second half hooked me because of the story itself.

The whole concept of Odd writing his own story after it all happened intrigued me. He was the narrator who had experienced everything and now he had the responsibility to accurately narrate the incidents as they were.

I love the way Koontz’s writes his dialogues!! They are the reason I love to read his books so much. If anyone’s out there, who is a fan of dialogues, and I assume you’ve already read any Koontz’s book, PLEASE continue reading his books because they are all different yet alike . The writing is so powerful that I knew I’d love this book when I reached page 3. We should take some tips from him because he sure knows how to grip his audience.

Also because this review is turning into a “rant-plus-appreciation-thing” I’d like to clarify that Dean Koontz’s doesn’t send me money anonymously or dedicates me all his books. I appreciate him and feel the need to promote him to everyone I know and don’t know. It’s my moral duty to let people know of his greatness.*

*Also I do these promotions for free. But I’d die of happiness if he really did anything mentioned above. Not that I want his money. I’ll be happy just receiving all his books. For free, that is.

If you want to buy this book partly because you could imagine me staring at you is didn’t, you this link: Buy Odd Thomas at Amazon.


Book Review- The Good Guy by Dean Koontz



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Tim Carrier likes to enjoy a beer after work – but when a jittery stranger sits next down to him one night, and Tim lets a misconception over his identity stand for a moment too long, his wayward sense of humor looks set to lead him into trouble.

As the stranger hands Tim a cash-filled envelope with the words, ‘You get the rest when she’s gone’, it becomes clear that he has been mistaken for someone very different from himself – for a cold-blooded killer. And when the killer walks into the bar a split second latter, Tim realizes the encounter, may not only cost him his peace of mind, it could cost him his life….


I actually liked the plot. Koontz’s choice of plot and his twists never cease to impress me. A simple plot of mistaken identity could cost a man his life.

Tim, sitting in a bar, starts talking with a man with a large envelope. He mistakes Tim as someone else. Tim starts playing him, just for fun. The man hands him the envelope and leaves. But inside, Tim finds cash and a photo of a woman. He realizes he did a mistake. A minute later another man arrives. He is what Tim thinks is the ‘supposed-killer’. He is.

Tim gives the envelope and tells the killer that he changed his mind and he doesn’t want anybody killed. He gives the killer the cash telling it’s his ‘no-killing-fee’. Tim thinks like the man mistook him for the killer, the actual killer might mistake him for the man. But he was wrong. The killer had his doubts.

Tim finds the woman, Linda who lives alone. Doesn’t really talk to everyone. Has a car in her kitchen. And they both run. Tim now thinks he is personally liable for the life of the lady because he is in the game and the killer would want both of them dead anyway.

And the chase begins. And in the way they both learn of secrets they are hiding.

A mention about the back story of Linda and how she is the one getting murdered is not something I expected. It was weird to read about the incident that started it all and I’m not trying to give away any spoilers. It was a minus for me but I was happy with the whole plot.


Tim didn’t disappoint. He didn’t make wrong choices. He fought. And he was witty enough to outsmart the killer at times. He is the actual ‘Good Guy’ and has every quality the main protagonist should have.

Linda on the other hand is this awkward woman who lives alone and has her own take on things. She’s an author who wrote depressing books and she was good at them. She takes a liking for Tim because he tried saving her life a numerous times.

Krait (not his real name), the killer is a pyscho who likes neat houses. He breaks into random homes to stay the night. If he finds a house not clean enough to his standards, the owner’s music tastes not suit him and the clothes not neatly ironed he may kill the owners. He now detests Tim and Linda for being able to live when Krait himself is behind them, trying to kill them.


The book is clearly a pursuit story and it is the perfect cat and mouse game. Everyone tries to outsmart each other, trying to become better than the other. The dialogues got me to fangirl over Koontz’s writing so much. I have soft spot for people who can write clever and witty dialogues. And he did it.

The book is divided into three parts called – ‘Right Place at the Wrong Time’, ‘Wrong Place at the Right Time’ and ‘Wrong Place at the Wrong Time’ which I did think was clever and  suited the plot very well.


This definitely made it to the ‘Top 5 Dean Koontz’s Books’ with its fast and exciting chase story. I’ll give it 4.5 stars.

You’ll like it if:

  • You are a Dean Koontz fan.
  • You like mystery/thriller/suspense genre.
  • Great writing. Great dialogues.
  • You like a pursuit story.
  • A quick read.
  • Weird house-loving killer with excessive OCD.

You’ll not like it if:

  • You are not a Dean Koontz fan and this is your first book. I recommend you try his other works first.
  • You don’t like mystery/thriller/suspense genre.
  • You don’t like a pursuit story.

Other books by Dean Koontz that I reviewed:

One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz

The Taking by Dean Koontz

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Book Review- Velocity by Dean Koontz




On the windscreen of his SUV, Billy finds the first note.

He thinks it’s a hoax.

The schoolteacher dies.

The next note reverses the scenario. If Billy takes the note to the police, a mother of two young children will die. If he doesn’t, an unmarried man who won’t be missed much will die…

Billy must think the unthinkable, fast, in an accelerating nightmare. More communications from the killer follow, with ever tighter deadlines. Each is more personal, more confrontational than the last until he is isolated with no one to rely on but himself. Finally he must risk everything to save the intended victims….


The plot started so strong when a person- Billy, leading a boring normal life of bar tending and going home, encounters a weird note stuck on his car. It appears to be a sick joke played by his bartender friend. He ignores the note and the worst happens. Someone actually dies.

The next note, he sits in confusion as his police friend decides to intervene and investigate. Again, a murder. All the evidence points towards Billy although he is innocent.

The story progresses on Billy trying to find out who is actually murdering people and making him the murderer. The plot was what kept me hooked to the book. Koontz’s writing is good, especially the dialogues but this time I had a plot to hook on to. The book went really well till the last, maybe, 50 pages. I enjoyed how the plot twists were unpredictable and I couldn’t guess them.

But when the last 50 so pages came, I was not sure I liked how the story went. The real murderer was close to a revealing and the revealing itself disappointed me somehow. I thought about who could have framed Billy for murders he didn’t do. An enemy? Or someone after him? But Billy had a quiet life and he didn’t know a lot of people.


There were not too many characters. Billy was the ‘one man show’ for the most part. There were other small characters including Lanny- his police friend and person who made an appearance in the middle with a task as instructed by the murderer himself.

Billy was this normal guy who liked things as they were. Any change upset him and I believe that is why he was chosen to go through this entire ordeal. He was continuously challenged and was tested. His patience level was strong but still there were times when he couldn’t take anymore and had a burst of emotion. I agreed with his decisions pretty much every time and he gave me no reason to complain.


I am a huge Koontz’s fan and I have that inherent bias of considering his every book a masterpiece. And since I have read 7 of his novels I pretty much get his writing even more. This was a ‘no-nonsense’ book, with great editing and could make you seated till the very end. The suspense in the way it is written is captivating but I admit the last 50 pages have a little downfall, not in the writing but in the plot itself. It may change things for you, a little.


I would have absolutely loved this book if not for the plot twists in the end and after considering the book as a whole I’d say that I have read better books from him. It would still be in my ‘Top 30 Books of all Time That I Read’. I will give it 3.5 stars.

You’ll like it if:

  • You are a Dean Koontz fan.
  • You like mystery/thriller/suspense genre.
  • You like a fairly decent size book (basically not too small and not too big)
  • Great writing. A huge advantage.
  • You are reading as an enjoyment without really thinking about every small detail there is.

You’ll not like it if:

  • You are not a Dean Koontz fan and this is your first book. I recommend you try his other works first.
  • You don’t like mystery/thriller/suspense genre.
  • You’d rather read a short read. Or an insanely epic book.
  • You are reading because you want to get inside the story. Then I’m sorry the end will disappoint you a bit.

Other books by Dean Koontz that I reviewed:

One Door Away From Heaven by Dean Koontz

The Taking by Dean Koontz

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Book Review – Seeds of Hatred by Christian Nadeau



As a former assassin, a man on the run for years, Marac survived taking on odd jobs, living on society’s fringe, never putting down roots for fear of having to run again. Until he’s hired to steal a trinket from the Brotherhood.
Newly graduated, Soren is ready to shoulder the responsibities that come with an officer’s commission. Serving in the Brotherhood of Khanbis a privilege, one that he abandoned everything for. But when an Angel calls on him, he knows his first assignment is more than it seems to be.
As a Lightbearer, gifted with the power to shape light to her will, Alex lived a sheltered life in Tyranor’s monastery. Should the Brotherhood find out what she was, they’d kill her, but the monastery is underground, safely hidden from their prying eyes.
Then It all comes crashing down. A terrible game is played, and when the powerful move, pawns are doomed to be sacrificed.
Are they?

The story basically revolves around these three people, as mentioned in the book blurb, but it isn’t just limited to that. As the book started I thought- “So only these character’s point of view is used.” And I was wrong.
There are many short paragraphs (basically they’re sections) which change the point of views some times. And they didn’t confuse me at all. Now I haven’t read many fantasy books and I know the struggle to literally get into the book. And the start seems to be the most difficult part because all the characters are getting introduced. (AND THIS BOOK HAD 80+ CHARACTERS) And so when I started reading it flowed smoothly. I understood what was going on. No unnecessary action sequence to throw me off. The whole book was crisp, up to the point and just the best example for why we really should concentrate on editing more.
(The author ‘Christian Nadeau” himself told me that the original draft was 320k words and he edited to make it 180k and still it’s a lot of words.)
So plot wise, I’m impressed. There are like different factions made up – Brotherhood, Lightbearers, Darkbearers, Fey, Thrall, Revenants, etc. And they all had their own reasons to start a war. Some were trying to stop it and some were in favour it. It just was a mix of opinions and egos.
But the book ends in a CLIFFHANGER. I seriously thought the war was going to take place in this book but IT DIDN’T. And it’s okay no hard feelings (though I screamed a little inside because I wanted to KNOW MORE) *deep breaths* And seriously does any war just start like that? No it doesn’t. Hence the book was REALISTIC.

Now this is what I call a ‘strong character’ book. Every character was well thought out. But there was this minor problem. I thought about how the characters, which I repeat were 80+ could have been cut short a little. Because somehow the author named every soldier and every slave and I know it could’ve been hard on him too. But that’s just creative criticism.
I couldn’t actually write about each and every character there is but I can assure it will be like Game of Thrones level characters in a single book (and I haven’t even read Game of Thrones, so don’t quote me on that!)

The writing was sharp and not too much description but just enough to make you know what was really happening. And I can’t just write anything more about it because by now you would’ve known that I love this book! (Not forgetting that it ends in a cliffhanger!) *runs away to sob again*

Overall just because it was huge to read and took me almost 10 days of my life I would give it 5 stars. No. that wasn’t the real reason. The real reason being that I haven’t read a good from a very long time (like 6 months) and reading was a fresh experience for me.

You’ll LIKE it if:

  • You like a fantasy world based novel
  • You like a book with a truck load of characters
  • You like a book that’s well thought
  • You want to really not want to miss out on a great book
  • You want to read a series

You’ll NOT LIKE it if:

  • You want a light read
  • You don’t like too many characters
  • You don’t want to read a series

*The author provided me a copy and it in now way affects what I think and my review*

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DISCUSSION #2- What is the secret of successful writing?


This is my second discussion post where I ponder upon some questions and I seek the answers from you.

You can check out my first discussion post where I ask you whether you like coincidences in books here. 

This week I am thinking about- What is the secret of successful writing?

We all write something every day, whether be it emails, letters or blog posts. We all have a different writing style, different vocabulary and different tone to write.

Everyone has different writing methods and attitudes. To some writing is a daily chore, and to some it is a deep mysterious art, to others a painful affliction. For some writing flows fast and confidently; others agonise over every word they think of. For some writing is the result of a planned process, a thoughtful process after thinking about every little detail; others think it as a ‘spur of the moment thing’ and jump in heedlessly, leaving the polishing for later. Some write to make a living, some write for enjoyment. Some write from experience, some from imagination and the rest after painfully researching.

There are many professionals and all have their own writing style. That’s what defines them. Many people have different views about how a ‘Successful Writing’ piece should be.

I’m going to see the various types and then we’ll discuss what you think works the most.

Firstly, there are those who need a creative inspiration or a particular mood, like George Eliot, to write effectively. They in times suffer from what is called a ‘writer’s block’. Either the inspiration dries up or they cannot settle down to the tasks, even after getting abundant ideas. To put it another way, the problem is either what to write or how to write.

Others are extremely unromantic about the ‘business of writing’ as they would call it.They work regularly keeping a tight schedule for everyday and following it diligently. They treat creating a literary masterpiece no different than drafting legal contracts or even insurance claims.

Nicholas Monsarrat, author of The Cruel Sea, apparently used to work a regular nine-hour day in his study, starting at 6 a.m. the Italian novelist Alberto Moravia would spend three hours at his writing desk each day, between 7:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Some authors need absolute privacy and silence to concentrate properly. The French novelist Marcel Proust had to seclude himself in a cork-lined room before he could settle into a creative working mood. Others need the daily hustle and bustle of life to inspire their masterpieces.

Some authors write extremely quickly and fluently. Dr Johnson completed his short novel Rasselusin the space of a single week. Balzac could write 200 pages a week when the need arose; so too the French novelist Stendhal. Others could write with excruciating slowness: another great 19-century novelist, Gustave Flaubert, often managed no more than two pages a week- sometimes only a single page. His classic novel Madame Bovary took him five years of painful full-time writing.

Some authors, such as Anthony Burgees or the late A.P.J. Taylor, happily draft original material directly on a typewriter or word processor. Others, such as Roald Dahl and Fay Weldon, Iris Murdoch and Athol Fugard, seem to need the feel of a pencil or pen in the hand, as if there were some mystical connection between the moving hand and the creative mind.

And one more thing, in the great divide between business-like ‘craftsmen’ author and moody ‘artistic’ authors, the everyday writer, in my opinion, should come down on the business-like approach. The creative ‘once-my-mood-gets-better’ writer may produce greater poetry or deeper novels, but in everyday writing it falls flat.

Of all business-like authors, Anthony Trollope’s daily routine remains the best known and the most impressive. For most of his writing life, he had a full-time job as a civil servant with the Post Office and his enormous output of over 60 books was the product of his leisure hours. Along with his busy life, he found 15 to 20 hours a week for his writing. Day after day, year and year, he would sit at his desk between 5:30 and 8:30 in the morning , writing 1000 words an hour after planning each novel thoroughly.

Business-like such authors may be, they are not always without superstitions. Melvyn Bragg insists on writing for a Monday morning writing the first word for a new novel. The 19- century French novelist Honore de Balzac insisted on having an unripe apple on his desk, and Alexandre Dumas, creator of The Three Musketeers, would always write bedsocks while writing whereas Roald Dahl favours large yellow notepads.

So the question is- All these writers differ so widely in their working methods, what guidance can we derive from them?

Perhaps, I think, to take writing seriously, and to work intensely at getting it right- that is expressing your thoughts as clearly and accurately as possible.

What do you think? Do you write fast- or take your time in plotting everything? Do you treat writing as a business or as an art? Do you believe in superstitions while writing? If yes, then do tell!



Book Review- The equation of life By Lee Law

I started reading this book- “The equation of life- As I see it” by Lee Law. He is a layman and he questions some philosophical facts and wants answers about the greater things and why we have this life. And because it is a different type of book, my review will be slightly different from other reviews.

After reading this, I started thinking about the things I never thought of before. It made me think about philosophy as a subject. It sure seems interesting to me but I think I need to read more to understand it better.

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The Equation of Life- As I see it, is a layman’s view on the potential Philosophy to help us traverse the path of life’s journey with peace and contribute to the evolution of the society towards destiny desired by every struggling individual on the planet.

The book tries to motivate and encourage every individual present on earth to live a more responsible life rather than being irrational and irresponsible without purposes.

It helps individuals overcome the desire to live on their whims guided by greed of pleasure and fear of pain.

In this attempt to help individuals and thereby society, the book directs the readers to a path that may uncover answers to several eternal questions.

This book is divided into 8 sections and I’ll express my views on each individual section.

  1. Nature

This chapter deals with how the universe came into being. The narrator searches and finds about the three main theories that explain the how the universe was born- The Big Bang Theory, The Steady State Theory and Oscillating theory. The narrator then chose to believe the Steady State theory, instead of the much proven Big Bang theory. He then analysed why the Steady State Theory didn’t prove the correct way the universe came into being.

From my view, this chapter had a good topic but the narrator being of the science background, he used so much technical jargon that sometimes I had to skip past a paragraph or two because I couldn’t get what he was trying to say. I know that those terms had to be used somehow, but breaking it into words which every reader could understand would’ve helped a lot.

  1. Spirituality

Here the narrator questions the presence of an omnipotent and omnipresent entity called ‘God’. We all believe in God and we think our belief makes Him listen to us. But the truth is even if we don’t believe in Him; He’ll care for us and control us. The narrator then thinks of what is God? Is He an entity or a person or simply ‘nothing’? Then after many philosophies, the narrator describes God as ‘nothing’. God is nothing and is in everything. He is constant, unchanging, absolute and eternal.

  1. Expectations

This chapter deals with how the society has expectations from us and not fulfilling those leads to stress. Everyone in this world has expectations from their fellow individuals. Parents have expectations from their children, a teacher from student, and a boss from an employee. But these expectations value to nothing as they don’t end in productivity. Instead they create pressure over the person who is expected to do something and in the end he doesn’t get to do what he likes, rather what he wants to do. And all these expectations in turn deplete the natural resources and cause imbalance.

  1. Morals

What are morals? Are they enough for a society to operate efficiently? And who decides what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Is goodness relative or absolute? The narrator here ponders upon these questions. He gives the example of the moral-filled stories all of us were made to read in smaller classes. They promoted honesty, sympathy and sacrifice.But do these morals still hold true in today’s world? The why is there so much violence and wrong-doing, still after having these morals to guide us?

  1. Purpose

What is our true purpose in life? Is it merely surviving and evolving? Or is it gaining happiness and satisfaction? Is the purpose of why we live related to our consciousness? The narrator answers all these questions in this chapter.

  1. Mistakes

Are mistakes important? Do the mistakes committed in the past help people to evolve into a better being? This chapter puts light on how mistakes were necessary for people to develop. There were many mistakes which changed the course of history and many mistakes that contributed towards achieving a closer solution to the problem.

  1. The Change

Here the author describes what should be changed in order to live a good life. He made a list of virtues or subjects one has to inculcate or master to bring a desired change in society with individual reformation.

  • Ego
  • Health
  • Celibacy
  • Sacrifice
  • Freedom
  • Honesty
  • Happiness
  • Wisdom
  • Peace
  1. The Equation of Life

This chapter sums up the entire book and gives us a view of how the author thinks the world should be. He explains the importance of balance in life and how people should be.

*I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it doesn’t hamper my opinion about the book*

If you’re a fan of philosophy or life related matters, you should read this book.

Camp NaNoWriMo – My Project 2016


Camp NaNoWriMo is what everyone’s been excited for! And I’m too participating! Are you? You should. It has already started and if you want to join, hurry up!

So today I’ll be telling you about the project I’ll be taking up this July. It WAS a horror novel just like I told you in my previous post but I changed it. It was totally last minute and I’m glad I did that.

Actually what happened was that I had started this novel called ‘Infection’ a few weeks back, without any knowledge of the possible plot (like a panster!) but then it started to fail miserably because after some chapters I couldn’t think of how to move the story forward. And then in the middle of writing I decided to write the plot outline somewhere (like a plotter!) where I could use it as a reference and then my story moved forward.

But then something happened. I couldn’t find the ending to my novel. Then I decided to discard it till July’s NaNoWriMo ends. And I plotted an outline for a different horror novel for July. But then on the eve of June 30 I had this idea for a possible ending to ‘Infection’ and that was when I decided to switch.

And I had already written 9000+ words before July so I’ll not count them for July but I have a personal target to taking the novel up to 90,000 words. That way I’ll be able to win the NaNoWriMo and also finish my first draft.

Wish me luck! And all the very best to all of you who were brave enough to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo!!

Tell me what you think about it! I’ll be more than happy to listen!


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Just a day more to go for Camp NaNoWriMo and I’m not TOO much confident about achieving the target of completing the word limit. I loved the idea of how I can set my own word limit, and I kept it at 90,000. I know it’s a little too much for a writer like me who have not yet ever written a full novel but I’ll try. If I reach 90,000 words, it’ll be awesome but if I reach 50,000, I’ll be equally happy. I can then try to write more and edit it in August.

And now about my novel that I’m planning to write—I’m planning to write a horror novel named “______” (I haven’t decided it yet! Let’s see!). I decided to write a horror novel just because I was writing a thriller named “Infection” before about an infection that spreads in the city, converting every sane person into a blood-thirsty zombie and I first thought of continuing it but I had not planned anything before writing Infection and so at one point I’m stuck and I can’t find a way to continue the story to make it 50,000 words, so I had to drop that plan and start something new, keeping Infection at a hold. I’ll sit and complete that after July, hopefully.

And I’ll be posting my writing update every Friday, keeping a check on my word-count and trying to not edit while I write. I’ll give more information about my project this July tomorrow.

And I’ve read that “The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you did not write” and keeping this in mind I’ll be writing this July Camp NaNoWriMo. You can add me as your buddy here.

I’ve added a word count bar on my website. You can keep a check on my word count this Camp NaNoWriMo! I would thank Blue Eyes Gray Eyes for posting the steps for adding a word count meter. You can too add it, just read this. (here)

Update- Camp NaNoWriMo

Hey people! I’m back! I’m sure I can explain my absence even though I had this whole week free. Basically I have the whole of July free because I am recovering from studying too much these past few months. And in my defense, the internet ditched me on Thursday. I had a book review planned to be posted but the internet wouldn’t work! So, I kinda disappeared. But I am reading an ABSOLUTE GREAT book and I can’t wait to tell you about it in its review!

And there’s a GOOD NEWS!

I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo!! Isn’t it wonderful? I’m sure it is.

I’ve been writing a novel from a month (I love to say I’ve been writing from a month but really I’ve been writing it in my free time) and I’ve only written 10,000 words after all the hours spent typing and thinking what to write. Poor! But I will definitely write a new novel I’ll start for NaNoWriMo. (Don’t worry I’ll complete the first one too!)

I’ve to think of a story first and with only 2 days left, I think I should do it now.

So all for this updatery post. I’ll meet you tomorrow!

Want to become my NaNoWriMo buddy? My username is Vrushali2107.

Till then, any advice on how to tackle NaNoWriMo? Are you participating?

Book Review- The Taking by Dean Koontz

“Maybe there’s nothing impossible tonight. We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.”

“If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.”



On the morning that marks the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. A luminous silvery downpour is drenching their small-Californian mountain town. It had haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now, in the moody purple dawn, the young couple cannot shake the sense of something terribly wrong.

As the hours pass, Molly and Neil listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomenon across the globe. By nightfall, their little town loses all contact with the outside world. A thick fog transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. And soon the Sloans and their neighbors will be forced to draw on reserves of courage and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter something that reveals in a shattering instant what is happening to their world…something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency.


The story starts with the sentence “A few minutes past one o’clock in the morning, a hard rain fell without warning.” The novel takes off where a small mountain town experiences heavy rain and our main character, Molly gets up. She is a writer and an insomniac, so she decides to complete her manuscript. She sees some activity on the patio and finds 2 dozen of coyotes. They act very friendly. And it seems like they are afraid of something. These mysterious activities continue until Neil gets up and they see the news on the TV. There are more cases of this extreme luminous downpour. Some say it tastes like vanilla and orange extract.

The story continues and tells us the journey of one day in the lives of the Sloans and what mysterious thing happens. I’m trying not to include any spoilers just for the fear of letting the suspense out.

“Discretion seemed advisable even during an apocalypse.”


The character Molly is a writer and so was her mother. She has wrote 4 books and she is struggling to create a name for herself. She wants to find out if she’s really good in what she does or is she send for some different purpose.

Neil is the perfect husband for Molly. He acts as a support system for Molly at all times and knows what to say to her.

There are many other characters, and most of them children, all of which do some creepy stuff.

“The past and the future are equally unredeemable, and the only time of consequence is this moment, now, where the life occurs, where choices are made for reasons practical and philosophical.”


This is the writing style that I love in horror/suspense books. This is the best horror book I’ve read and I think I like it more than Stephen King’s writing. No offence but I’ve only read only one of his short stories book but the writing style of Koontz was better, in my opinion.

The book started with some mind chilling incidents and left me wanting for more. Every chapter ended with something unreal and made me hang thinking what will happen. Koontz definitely knows how to tickle the scare nerve and crisp action on every page, something to look forward to. But there were many scary references from E.S. Elliot like “When you’re alone in the middle of the night and you wake in a sweat and a hell of a fright…”

“We make our own fate, even if it’s figured in the drift of stars.”


You’ll like it if-

  • You like suspense novels
  • You are okay with imagining some creepy things
  • You want a really short read. (I completed it in a day)
  • You’re a fan of E.S. Elliot

You’ll not like it if-

  • You don’t like suspense novels
  • You don’t like short novels and want to read more
  • If you’re uncomfortable with some gory and violent scenes
  • If you don’t know E.S. Elliot you’ll not get the references from his work

I loved this book and it made me want to read more of Dean Koontz works.

I’ll give a 5/5.

Until then…

Happy Reading!