Darkest Evening of the Year Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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 :)
"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.Read more ›
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".
Most recent customer reviews
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!!!Published on June 3 2013 by LEDK
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. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2012 by Chris
I really enjoyed reading The Darkest evening of the Year. It has Koontz typical band of bizarre characters and mystic events. Read morePublished on June 15 2011 by J Reader
The multiple story lines are great, it's the kind of book you can't stop reading until you reach the last page. It was touching. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2009 by F. Perron
Dean Koontz is a supremely talented author, but I'm starting to think he needs someone else to write the last chapter. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2009 by Peter Marrier
Dean Koontz has put a Golden retriever as his canine heroine at the center of this novel. Nickie is a rescued dog with seemingly supernatural abilities to save children from harms... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2009 by Toni Osborne