Giving this a five out of five stars, one of the best books ever written. The way Dean Koontz has you hanging on to his every word like the characters hang on to hope, the suspense built and the joyful frustration you feel is everything you could want from a thriller.
After Alex Doyle gets given a new job and must move across the country to San Francisco, he decides a road trip is the best way to get to know his new 11-year-old brother-in-law, Colin. After Alex’s new wife and brother-in-law’s parents died, Colin now finds himself living with them both. Having decided a road trip was needed between the two boys to turn a newly found relationship into an unbreakable bond they were not aware of the stranger who was tailing and stalking their every move.
Alex Doyle is a commercial artist who has recently wed the love of his life, Courtney, who has taken in her younger brother Colin after their parents die a few years prior. When Alex receives a new job in San Francisco, he makes the decision to travel almost three thousand miles across the country by car with his newly found brother-in-law. Thinking this would build a better bond between the two they set off to make the long 42-hour journey that was ahead of them, whilst Courtney was waiting for them at the end of the line in their new home.
Within minutes of leaving their old home behind, they notice a moving van following them. After shrugging it off as a coincidence that their every move was being stalked and tailed (turning up at the motels they were staying in, eating in the same restaurants, travelling on the same roads) Alex could not deny it any longer, panic was building, fear was approaching, there was something wrong. Still trying to remain calm for Colin’s sake, he changes routes and prays that this would shake the mad stranger off their trail. However, this man is no stranger to Courtney and will stop at nothing to have her all to himself. Still being one step ahead and managing to find Alex and the boy once again, Can Alex find a way to make sure him and Colin reach home alive and safe? Or will the mad man catch them?
Having not read a thriller before let alone a Dean Koontz book, I was slightly hesitant on whether I would enjoy it or not. I was not too sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised when he wrote so elliptically. I was hanging on to his every word and phrase, as the suspense was built it disappeared and was snatched away before you could even take a breath. Koontz would then suddenly swing you round the corner to the other storyline only to leave you high and dry with a new suspense. I was already on the edge of my seat, I could not get enough of Koontz’s cliff hangers, I needed more and eventually ended up devouring the whole book in one sitting. If like me, you are seeking frisson, then I highly recommend this book which is currently available in Mumble Books’ second hand shop.