Oh my, what a great read...the suspense, the anticipation, the possible ramifications, the odd supernatural mood --- this book is put together so well. It's so different from the usual cat-and-mouse murder mystery or legal thriller. I'm slowly making my way through the top 10 books written by Dean Koontz -- a third of the way in, I think. The Darkest Evening of the Year will be hard to beat. I highly recommend it. Don't be deterred by the slow start of Part 1 in which the author introduces the various characters -- he cleverly gives you clues all along of what's to come. Part 2 makes you realize that you've been fooled in thinking that the plot was rather boring and going nowhere. By the time that I reached Part 3, I was quite literally sitting at the edge of my seat. The ending is tense and very well done. However, the conclusion (i.e., the very last chapter) was a bit much but, overall, it remains a great story. I'm glad to give it 5 stars out of 5 -- perfect marks!