Dean Koontz is an amazing stylist when it comes to writing novels. I enjoy the way he puts words together and the energy of his pacing. When it comes to dialogue, he’s got a definite ear for the way people speak. He’s been in the writing business for a long time, and his passion is always clear. Primarily, he’s been lately known for his thrillers, but those readers also embrace his “feel good” novels.
For these kinds of books, Koontz usually plays his characters as innocents caught up in a macabre web involving criminals and heavy-handed bureaucrats with sinister agendas. That’s what Koontz was going for it in his latest book, Breathless, but somewhere along the way he dropped the ball.
Oh, there are innocents aplenty. The book opens with Grady Adams, a small time furniture maker living life at a slow pace with his wonder dog, Merlin. I actually thought the opening was very reminiscent to the opening pages of an earlier Koontz book, Watchers. Even the creepy noises and things that happened out in the forest seemed to echo that book.
Read the full review @ BlogCritics.org.
Just two this week and no new ones for six days. Really folks, this should end it.
The media blitz seems to be slowing down as there’s only three this week.
Sommers wastes no time in hurling the viewer straight into the alternate universe of his protagonist. The exhilarating actions are accompanied by an extensive narrative delivered by Yelchin’s husky and confident tones. For those unfamiliar with the Koontz’s source material, the narrative provides additional information that at times feels like explanatory-overload but with a plot this complicated, narrative is a definite requirement. Sommers, who adapted the screenplay himself, is clearly passionate about his subject and packs a great deal in to the 90-minute runtime. His directorial flair is as energetic as the script – picture Back to the Future’s Hill Valley Town Square laden with Mummy-esque special effects.
Read the full review @ Cine-Vue.com.
An Irish review of Innocence featuring an image from Demon Seed:
Koontz’s latest novel, Innocence, is an intriguing and compelling take on the Beauty and the Beast fairytale. Raised in total isolation in the countryside, Addison Goodheart is a young man unlike other young men. As he says of himself, “when they saw me men and women alike recoiled, but their fear quickly gave way to fury” and, always, they immediately tried to kill him.
Read the full review @ Independent.ie.
Dean Koontz has proven himself to be a master of character development. He has a unique skill at being able to create relatively innocent children or adults, and then of putting them into highly dangerous situations with villains who are filled with such inner darkness that there’s not a shred of light emanating from their souls, if they have one.
Such is the case with Innocence.
Read the full review @ HorrorNovelReviews.com.
You can find it on page 54 of the 13 January 2014 issue.
Having spent most of his career penning primarily suspense and horror novels, the Dean Koontz of the past decade or so has turned far more introspective. The end result has been works of fiction that deal more in characters, spirituality and faith than being driven by traditional good versus evil in supernatural settings.
INNOCENCE is primarily the story of two very unique individuals. Calling New York City home, but inhabiting a sort of netherworld of their own, the mysterious Addison meets up with Gwyneth on a snowy evening while most of the city’s residents are sleeping. Addison has lived in an underground series of rooms for most of his life and has an odd appearance that is constantly covered by a ski mask and a hood. Gwyneth sports a Goth look that strangely resembles the eerie marionettes both she and Addison fear and seek out.
Read the full review @ bookreporter.com.