Dean Koontz, What The Night Knows – A Book Review


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Those of you who are familiar with the American fiction writer Dean Koontz will know his books can only be described as dark thrillers or out-and-out horrors! Dean Koontz is certainly not the one to read if you want a quiet read before bedtime!

Detective John Calvino is habouring a dark secret of his own when he goes to visit a young sadistic killer, Billy Lucas, in a high security hospital for the criminally insane. But Billy Lucas is no ordinary killer, he slaughtered his entire family and showed no sign of remorse. Sorry to spoil the plot a little bit.

The Billy Lucas case is disturbing to say the least and after the visit, later that evening Detective John Calvino feels something of the spirit of the 14-year-old killer surrounding him.

Whilst following up on the murders of the killer Billy Lucas, John Calvino begins to see similarities to another killing spree which took place twenty years earlier. The victims were the Valdane family, who were killed by a freak-like intruder, Alton Turner Blackwood. It turns out this killer had previously committed other murders before he was shot dead.

If you are thinking the fatality of Alton Turner Blackwood is the end, you are wrong. Because of his own ghastly past Detective Calvino, soon realizes his own family could be in line to be slaughtered if he doesn’t act fast to avert this potential tragedy.

What The Night Knows, is a book about human possessions and bad energies. It is not a police procedural novel or anything like that, it’s just that the main protagonist happens to be a police officer.

I would describe it more as a book about a family caught up in one of those eerie, spooky nightmares, only they are wide awake!

And if you are wondering where in the world the the story is located, well in the opening of the book, it is stated that the location or time is of no importance. Go figure! I guess when you are as successful as Dean Koontz you can get away with it.

It wasn’t my favourite book by Dean Koontz, but as always it is beautifully written with elaborate descriptions and a strong sense of character.

Give it a read, and let me know what you think.

Until next time, happy reading!

Published by Sharon's Writers Tidbits

Sharon is a writer who lives in north London and has a long-held passion for the art and craft of creative writing. Sharon's main interests are novels, short stories and poetry. She also enjoys writing non-fiction. She is an avid reader and has a threatening TBR pile of books!

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