Monday, September 22, 2014


Title: Strangers
Author: Dean Koontz
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: October 1, 2002
Genres: Thriller, Sci-fi
Reviewed by: Angie Edwards
My rating: 5/5


Six strangers are unaccountably seized by nightmares, attacks of fear, and bouts of uncharacteristic behavior. The six begin to seek each other out as puzzling photographs and messages arrive, indicating that the cause may lie in a forgotten weekend stay at an isolated Nevada motel.


I received this book as a birthday gift earlier this month from a friend who is just as much a Dean R. Koontz fanatic as I am. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to read this highly recommended paranormal sci-fi from one of my all-time favorite authors, so I jumped right in. A whopping seven-hundred Kindle pages later I was left in awe as I always am when finishing one of Koontz’s exquisite works of genius.

Strangers isn’t merely an addictive read, but one that pulls you along and unexpectedly slings you in opposite directions just when you think you have a foothold on what’s going for what. The story starts out with three main characters, but gradually more are introduced and before you know it, there’s an entire bevy of characters to keep track off. By the time all the pieces of the puzzle start falling together of what happened that extraordinary night two summers ago at the Tranquility Motel, I knew exactly which character was which. The setting jumps from place to place as each character plays his/her part, but later they all come together in one location and the ball seriously gets rolling. These things, of course, are what any terrific book should be made off and actually it’s unnecessary for me to tell you how well Koontz plotted all this if you’re already a fan of his. The magic of this book is the story itself, and how precisely everything starts falling into place.

Early on I had a hunch in which direction the story was moving, but once the military got involved, memory blocks were erected, and miraculous healing occurred, I was completely thrown off and – like I said before – flung in the opposite direction from what I initially presumed were happening to these poor frightened folks. I especially liked the conclusion and the sentiment for an idealistic world which Koontz leaves with the reader when turning the final page. Although I don’t think such a phenomenon would be beneficial to our existence with the current state of overpopulation, I do think it is a nice thought and a great way to end the book.  

Strangers is no doubt a lengthy read, but one worthwhile to pursue with patience. The epic conclusion lived up to every expectation I had during the build-up, and I’m positive it will too for any die-hard fan of this skilled author who continually constructs one masterpiece after the other.

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Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

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