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Showing all books by: Dean Koontz

Billy the barman has to deal with a psychopathic killer who sends him notes giving him impossible choices about who/how will be killed next. He can't go to the police though, as the killer is cleverly making it look like Billy does all the killings. So instead he just chucks a succession of bodies down the nearest handy bottomless lava tube, while working out how to stop the killer getting to the most important victim - his old girlfriend who's been in a coma for years dreaming she's in a Charles Dickens novel. And then just at the end it turns out that it's not one, but two psychopathic killers, working together, and that it's all for art's sake. Billy works it all out just in time thanks to the weird (but very attractive) bargirl colleague who can work out what everything means by looking at dead things.
Terrific plot, heart-warming characters and above all, wonderful dialogue. This is sarcasm. Absolute rubbish.
Score: 3
Published: 2005
Read: March 3rd 2006

The Eyes of Darkness
Tina, ex-Las Vegas showgirl is now a millionaire show choreographer divorcee with a dead son. But weird poltergeist stuff starts happening eg cold air, messages on dead son's chalkboard etc, just at the same time as she meets tough but handsome and sensitive bloke and someone blows up her house. She decides that her dead son isn't dead but is sending her telekinetic messages. Which he is. Not dead, but part of government medical experiments, but what with the not-dead son's telekinetic powers it is actually very straightforward to rescue him as he just opens locked doors for them and stops everyone's weapon working. Simple.
Poor. Read this in one flight from Southampton to Amsterdam. Although I did have to skip quite a lot where he kept trying to develop characters in a tedious and unnecessary way.
Score: 4
Published: 1981
Read: May 7th 2010