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Koontz, both new and old.,
This review is from: Hideaway (Paperback)
I'm an avid fan of Koontz, having read 10 of his books in the last 3 years. Some were good, some great, one or two have been rather bad.
Hideaway fits comfortably in the 'good' category, although there are very familiar plot lines and techniques most readers will have experienced in Koontz's other works. Yes, here we have duel plot lines, developing the protagonist and antagonist in their own elements before bringing them together for a final confrontation. And yes, Koontz goes into great depth with his villain, so that he is very familiar to us and a main character in his own right. Not that these techniques are bad (on the contrary, Koontz's detailed villains are one of his strengths), but as I said, it is all very familiar. He did the same sort of thing in Dragon Tears with Tick Tock, in Darkfall with Baba Lavelle, and in The Good Guy with Krait, to name but a few. As good as it is, I feel as if I need a fresh approach from Koontz. (To escape these recurring character and plot techniques, try Phantoms or The Taking).
But, what does make Hideaway something of a departure from the Koontz norm, is that for once it is not an out and out thriller. There are less high octane car chases, shoot-outs, heroic swagger. Instead we get a story that's more akin to perhaps a Stephen King offering. It is slow burning, character driven, emotional - a story that slowly creeps up your spine and churns your belly like a cauldron. I didn't find it scary, but I did find it very tense at times.
Koontz does a wonderful job of giving us broken, troubled protagonists at the beginning, and healing them throughout out the books course. But even as things are getting better for our admirable couple - and they start to build a happy life with plenty to lose - we, as the reader, are aware of the nature of the terror they are on an inevitable collision course with. In all, Hideaway is a long drum roll to its nail biting climax.
Here, you will find both new and old elements of Dean Koontz. I don't recommend it as the first of his books to read, but it might serve as a decent third of forth helping.