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Darkest Evening of the Year [Paperback]

Dean Koontz
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Obviously the other reviewer was expecting something totally different than what he got...which rather confuses me because while Dean Koontz is usually shelved in the horror section of book stores, his books are often only partly horror. The fact he picked the book up simply being an animal lover shows that he barely gave this book a chance in my opinion.

While not one of the more supernaturally involved books of Dean's, it is a great and twisty thriller, tying together many seemingly unconnectable people together into a life or death situation, along the way revealing hidden secrets and histories and atrocities (what happens to the main character alone is one of the more shocking things I've ever read in a Koontz book) and finding out along the way that all animals are precious and very special in their own ways.

He also manages to tie in quite a few gunfights as well and much backstabbing and double crossing between multiple bad guys (more so than The Husband had) and keeps you wondering exactly what will happen to everyone, and the end has a pretty interesting twist that will make most readers question their own humanity...or make you do what the other reviewer did...I suggest the close minded stay far away from this book.

While I much prefer his more supernatural other worldly books and planet wide catastrophes, this book is a very good read and will keep you very enthralled from beginning to end. If this is your first Koontz book, keep in mind a lot of his books are a lot weirder than this one :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars UN-SCARY AND ULTIMATELY UNENJOYABLE July 12 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR for a book club challenge. although admittedly it had been sitting on my TBR shelf for a couple of years, I was happy to finally find a reason to stop passing it over (in favour of vampire romance and testosterone filled Navy Seals) and get into a good horror novel. Unfortunately I now wished I'd left it sitting on the shelf because this was not in any way an enjoyable read and ultimately a real struggle to finish. To start with I didn't enjoy Koontz's style of writing, he seemed to take for-ever and a whole lot of adjectives to get across what he was trying to say and I found myself skimming almost immediately just to get on with the story;

"The pleasantly warm morning was freshened by a breeze as light as a caress, and the feathery fronds of queen palms cast shadows that resembled the plumed tails of the Golden's." Um, yeah.

For something in the horror genre I also found this to be very un-scary, the plot revolving more around reincarnation and weird feelings then anything truly horrifying. Thankfully the chapters were short, containing several alternating POV's most of which involved hit men who were all trying to kill each other. The main antagonist, Moongirl was a nasty piece of work and our hero Amy Redwing had an interesting past that slowly got revealed however I never truly got a feel for her. So I kept plugging along thinking this has to improve, Koontz is hugely popular, what am I missing? Well upon completion I came away rather underwhelmed and realized I wasn't missing anything.

The only good thing in this story would have to be the Golden Retrievers that Koontz knows well and obviously loves. His dog descriptions and mannerisms of the breed were spot on.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Will the real Dean Koontz please come back? June 28 2009
By David S
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book starts so well, with effective character development and an increasing expectation of the supernatural. Starring another gifted Golden Retriever, this is sadly no "Watchers".

The story grips you effectively throughout and then suddenly in the last 60 pages all the loose ends are tied up in a neat little bow. As another reviewer commented, it really does feel like Koontz was crafting away and suddenly was told he needed to get this to the publisher in 24 hours. The latter part of the book just feels too rushed and too easy. In previous books, Koontz would have taken things from the final scene at the lighthouse to a further final confrontation with Harrow or Moonglow. It was just too convenient that everything could be cleared up so neatly in one final scene of a few pages. If you want a book that has some of the feel of the start of this novel but really shows you how it should have been, try "Dark rivers of the Heart".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great until the end. May 17 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Darkest Evening of the Year had so much promise with every turned page. It had me spell bound wondering what would happen next and then all of a sudden it ended. I could just picture the publisher giving Koontz a call urging him to wrap it up and send it out. I felt entirely ripped off by the ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!! June 3 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm not a huge Dean Koontz fan but this book is awesome!!! I let a friend borrow it and she kept it so I wanted another!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dogs > people Sept. 20 2012
By Chris
Seemed like the best and worst of Dean Koontz in this book. The worst represented by Koontz's love letters to dogs; the best represented by his plotting. And the stuff about Piggy - heartbreaking. I loved the inclusion of the lighthouses! I want to visit one soon!
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