This book started out fabulous. It had the descriptive prose and endearing characters that I've come to know and love from Dean. The introduction of the antagonist Junior Cain was shocking to say the least. And this guy got worse and worse. A perverse mind that sees the world in a way in which the evil things he dishes out are twisted so they don't seem so evil anymore. For example: every woman wants him all the time even when in reality they do not.
But here is where it takes a turn. About a 1/3 of the way in I noticed we were spending way too much time with Junior, IMO. I'm all for getting inside the mind of a killer but this was constant. Every chapter was Junior Cain and his bullshit reasoning. It also seemed that things started getting repetitive. How many times can Junior throw up? Or how many times can the brothers of the protagonist feel like something evil is about to happen but they don't know what? We also saw the introduction of new characters that really didn't need to be focused on. It started to drag on and on to the point where I really just wanted to see Junior get what was coming to him. And that's where it failed me.
I don't want to spoil the ending so I won't say exactly what happened but it was a HUGE let down. After all the bad things Cain did to people what happened to him wasn't nearly satisfying enough. It was like watching the edited version of The Hitchhiker on TV where they only show C. Thomas Howell shoot the killer once instead of multiple times. The guy deserved much worse than that after all the torture and murder he put people through!
All in all I have to say that this was a let down. It is the third book I've read from Koontz that I really didn't like at all. Luckily, not in succession. I enjoyed Odd Thomas very much. So I'll just say they can't all be winners and move on to the next read.
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