Any one that has followed my readings through the years knows that I was once apon a time a huge Koontz fan. When the kids were growing up – Dean was the author I would read. I owned every book he had ever written and couldn’t wait for the next book to come out.
Now – after 7 years of book club I read so much more – different authors, all styles of books…that Dean has gone to the way side…. yet, once in awhile, I like to check in to see if what he is up too….
So this book has sat on my shelf for many months. I can not even remember how it got here, but over the last week I picked it up and dove in.
I loved the story line on the golden retrievers. Dean owned one himself and apparently by the dedication in the front of the book, their dog Trixie, had passed on. I believe this is where his story stemmed from.
The dog part of the book – extremely well written, I like the main character Amy, her faith, and her heart. I like all the facts about the dogs, their manners, and even learning about the dog mills – which is horrifying, yet I know it is true.
I didn’t like Moongirl and Harlow and found this part of the book as these two characters slowly intertwine with Amy – creapy. Dean pushed the envelope a bit far this time and the whole story line about what they did to the little girl was a bit much for me.
I finished the book because I knew all would end well – and I had to know how it all became that way. The ending that we lead up to for so long – is complete in a matter of a couple paragraphs. That surprised me. Not pleasantly.
Overall – not a good read. Sorry Dean – but next time, don’t try so hard. Your writing was fine just the way it was. Not all of us like crude and creepy.