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The Mask: A powerful thriller of suspense and terror Paperback – 5 Oct 2017
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"Koontz hones his fearful yarns to a gleaming edge."--PeopleMore Praise for Dean Koontz "Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth."--The Seattle Times "Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....'Serious' writers...might do well to examine his technique."--The New York Times Book Review "Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone."--Associated Press "In every industry there exist 'artists' that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans."--Suspense Magazine "[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match."--Los Angeles Times "Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift."--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another spine-chilling tale from the No. 1 bestselling master of suspense.
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I don't quite get the title of 'The Mask' as it really isn't relevant, in that the point of the story is nothing to do with 'masking'. I'm having difficulty finding a concept to describe what it IS about without risking spoiling the storyline, so perhaps DK and his publishers thought 'Mask' was a safer bet, but it ain't accurate, that's all I'm trying to tell you. Oh, and I felt the ending was a bit underdone, but then you have to leave something to the imagination, don't you?
As always, Mr Koontz takes his time to get to the point (see my other DK reviews) but it is always worth the wait, and with 'The Mask', the wait is certainly not as painful as it sometimes is, and there is always something happening to keep you spooked and intrigued.
That I give it 5 stars despite the poor title, the usual wait for the real action and the truncated ending, is significant, and I'm quite certain that anyone with a decent imagination will thoroughly enjoy this book.
If you haven't read Koontz before, please give him a try. Trollope he isn't, but he trounces most of the over-rated modern 'thriller' writers who are around today, and he writes in proper sentences, so you won't be irritated by the constant use of four-word pseudo sentences favoured by some of the uneducated clots who get published these days!
This is about a loving, warm childless couple, eagar to adopt, however something seems to want to stop them, near miss after near miss follows. Then they meet Jane, a cool but lost kid with amnesia but who warms to them. The perfect set up.. right?
This is all out horror. The story is short and tight, with only a handful of characters but this adds to the story because you feel for them. Koontz is great at setting a scene, there are a number of chilling ones mostly involving Grace, an elderly woman who plays an intregal part in the book.
The book ends quite suddenly, but this isn't as bad as it sounds because Koontz ties almost all of the threads together just before and leaves you with enough to think of. Stories that drag on become monotonous.
I can't wait to read further Koontz books and highly reccomend this one.
This is a single-strand novel as with many of Koontz's earlier books and feels like a natural fit for a movie. He has not been well served by the adaptations of his books, poor guy, while the man he is compared to, Stephen King (I like King but Koontz is a much better writer) is leaving a trail of magical movie adaptations. How's that for dumb luck?
The prose is confident and smacks of a man hitting his stride effortlessly after just becoming a million-seller (the Funhouse, 1980). He writes for three generations of women in this book, and handles the teenager, young woman, and retiree with great skill. Plus there is a very interesting cat! It is a clever ending too. If you don't know Koontz's work, and want to start with a shorter, self-contained book, this is ideal. If you do know his work, and have not got around to this, its stronger than many of his early works and the ending is especially neat.
If you want to start or continue your relationship with Koontz at a higher level of ambition, try Watchers or the Bad Place. Both will turn your fingers white.
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Next book will be something comforting methinks.