Genre: Science Fiction/ Mystery/ Thriller
Published On: 1986.
Print Length: 681
About the Author: 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.
Dean R. Koontz has also published under the names Leigh Nichols, Brian Coffey, David Axton, Owen West, Deanna Dwyer and Aaron Wolfe.
Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.
About the Book: Six strangers are unaccountably seized by nightmares, attacks of fear, and bouts of uncharacteristic behaviour. 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. Koontz has topped a fine roster of horror and suspense novels with an almost unbearably suspenseful page-turner. His ability to maintain the mystery through several plot twists is impressive, as is his array of believable and sympathetic characters. With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year.
Review: I don’t know what it was about this book. It took me more than a week to finish it. It was not that it wasn’t interesting or gripping. Whenever I picked it up, I spent hours reading it at a stretch. But, when I put it down, I didn’t get that overwhelming urge to pick it up again. Maybe I hadn’t read a book this long in ages, that’s why. There was nothing really wrong with the book. I can literally find no fault in this but I still find myself in a predicament where I feel like something is missing.
I knew I was going to like the book ever since the first chapter gave me goosebumps. It was the kind of story that I love to read. One thing I found a little puzzling in the beginning was whenever you got used to all the characters, a new one would be introduced. However, you get to know all of them halfway through the book and you ask yourself why you found it puzzling in the first place.
We were doing the vintage month and I don’t know if this actually counts as vintage but it was published back in 1986 so I guess it counts. I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time now and when I finally got around to reading it, I questioned myself why I had never read Dean Koontz before. I have a few more of his books (one which I impulsively bought just earlier this week) and hope to get around to reading them too.
All in all, I actually really liked the book and if you are a mystery thriller fan, then you should definitely give it a try.
Happy Reading ~ A.