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I enjoyed the book very much. I think Dean Koontz has done it again this was a thrill ride to very end.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Good plot. Bad dialogue. Weak narrator.
Tina’s son Danny was on a field trip. The bus was in an accident and he died. The cops recommended she not view the body because it was mangled. She complied. The story begins a year later. A ghost or something paranormal is sending messages to Tina. The messages say “not dead.” She is also having dreams saying her son is not dead. She believes someone is playing pranks.
Tina meets Elliot an attorney. They are attracted to each other and quickly become intimate. He suggests they exhume the body so she can say goodbye to her son which might stop the troubling dreams.
It was pretty good, but I did not like the dialogue. It seemed that most of the conversations were one person saying or suggesting something and the other dismissing it as “not possible.” In the beginning Tina was the doubtful one. For far too long, she kept saying my son is dead, these messages are wrong. I kept thinking she never saw the body. Why does she keep insisting he is dead? Finally she believes the messages are coming from her son. Then Elliot becomes the naysayer. And the conversations are him saying that’s not possible. Even after Elliot is convinced, when Tina suggests something, Elliot says “how can he do that?” I’m thinking because you saw him do those other things you idiot. I was impatient with the lack of logic. Sure this is paranormal fiction. But if these things were happening to me in real life, I’d be a believer sooner they were. And I wouldn’t keep saying the things they said. So I was annoyed.
Another piece of dialogue didn’t fit. Tina meets with her ex-husband Michael to discuss the pranks. He spends a few minutes telling her what his job is like and some of the interesting things he’s seen. It sounded like what he would tell someone on a first date. They were married for many years and divorced. She would have heard all that before. I think the author wanted to include those interesting tidbits in the book, but he picked the wrong characters to do it. He should have had Michael tell somebody else, not his ex-wife.
The narrator Tanya Eby bothered me. When a situation is stressful or tense, she narrates as if she’s having a good time talking to her girlfriends. She’s too pleasant sounding when a situation is unpleasant. It doesn’t feel like mystery or suspense. For example, Tina is wondering if her ex husband “had slipped into the house like a little boy playing a cruel prank, if he had written that message on the chalk board, then his hatred of her was far greater than she thought.” The narrator read this as if she were smiling and amused about a little boy doing something cute. I thought the narrator should have conveyed suspicion and anger, not amusement.
Genre: action suspense paranormal with a little romance.
Ending: good for the good guys.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
great story, with as usual a great twist, defiantly recommended, the narrator was very good
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I Loved this story narrated by an entertaining lady. Dean Koontz is a fabulous writer