Catching Up With Dean Koontz
Silke and I have always been big Dean Koontz fans.
In fact, his books were a lengthy conversation on one of our first dates (i.e. favorite ones, deeper meaning into certain stories etc). After all the Dean Koontz books we read, I posed the question: “If you could pick your favorite four, which ones would they be?”
We each quickly picked out our four favorites Dean Koontz books and compared lists.
Surprisingly we only had one similar title. I relented ‘From The Corner Of His Eye’ and picked another one instead. Here’s our list of favorite Dean Koontz books and why we like them.
Silke’s Top 4 Dean Koontz Book Reviews:
Hideaway – This is a story about a near-death experience and good against evil. I read this book in English many years ago and just recently re-read Hideaway in German. I was very impressed with the translation, the story line is just as captivating in either language.
The Odd Thomas Series – I enjoyed the stories about a young man named Thomas who has the ability to see the spirits of the dead. It’s funny, sweet, interesting and a little freaky at times. This series by Dean Koontz has a very imaginable plot and very well developed characters.
From the Corner of his Eye – No way did he do that in the first chapter! No, this isn’t a spoiler, you need to read the book to find out for yourself. This is such a compelling story from beginning to end, I couldn’t put it down. Never have you found Dean Koontz’s characters so vulnerable, from the boy that went blind and his pie making mom everyone adored, to her brothers, the little girl and numerous other memorable figures. I have read this book several times and will most likely read it again sometime.
Relentless – A writer, his wife, son and adorable dog are on the run from a psychotic book critic. I laughed out loud several times while reading this story. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this book for me is the banter back and forth between husband and wife. I read the book a couple of weeks after getting married.
Nick’s Top 4 Dean Koontz Book Reviews:
Icebound – This story takes place in the Arctic where a group of scientists have gathered and are faced with the grim reality that there is a murderer in their midst. I liked the close confines of this story and how the characters were left to deal with situations in a more strict environment.
Intensity – A maniac killer with a heroine that will have you holding your breath for. It’s like watching a horror film on television and you find yourself yelling at the screen to tell the character to look out. A classic page turner for sure and I couldn’t put it down until the last page was read.
Mr. Murder – This story is pretty much formulated to other Dean Koontz novels. Good vs. Evil, Bad guys that are undaunted in their quest to harm the good guys. Good guys on the lamb until the ultimate confrontation. (See Relentless) That said, the formula works because he writes the characters so well. Even the bad guys were appealing. Check out the Star Trek nut.
Watchers – This is staple Koontz material. Be warned; If you haven’t figured out by now that Dean Koontz loves dogs then you might want to consider the fact that after you read a couple of his books you’ll be toying with the idea of adopting one yourself.
There are numerous other books by Dean Koontz that deserve an honorable mention here.
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