By Dean Koontz
(Bantam, Hardcover, 9780553808032, December 2013, 352pp.)
The Short of It:
Interesting characters and setting, but lacking that special something that makes you think about a book long after reading it.
The Rest of It:
One can argue that Dean Koontz does not write books with substance. Yes, his books lately have been a little different from the books of his past. I guess his books have always been page turners, meant to captivate a reader for a short amount of time, but some of his older books have stayed with me for decades.
This is not one of those times.
Innocence, starts off strong. A child is forced to live on his own because of a gross deformity that is never fully explained. He seeks shelter under the city, roaming the sewers and only coming up for provisions. At the same time, a young woman, on a quest to find the murderer who killed her father, also lives in secret, hiding from society whenever possible. The two form an unlikely friendship.
SO much could have been done with these characters. The idea of living beneath the city is one that has been done before, but the complexity of doing so successfully and the mystery behind the “deformity” was enough to pull me along. But towards the end, I didn’t really understand what I was reading or where Koontz was going with the story. There was literally NO payoff. I felt somewhat cheated.
As a fan of his older works, I now realize why I stopped reading him. There isn’t much of a connection between his characters anymore. I still try his books every now and then to see if anything has changed, but I am sorry to say that his newer books seems to lack punch.
I think most of his old-time fans will agree with me, but if there’s been a current book of his, say…within the past five years that I need to read, let me know and I will give him another try.
If you’d like to try one of his older books, I highly recommend Watchers (my fave), Phantoms or Lightning.
Source: Sent to me by the publisher.
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