Thursday, August 14, 2008

2008 Book 71: Shadowfires

Book #:71

Book Title:Shadowfires

Author:Dean Koontz

Publisher:Berkley (original: Dark Harvest)

Pub. Date:2008 (original: 1990)


Started:August 12, 2008

Finished:August 14, 2008

Time to Read:3 Days

Back Cover / Inside Flap:"Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachael had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachael was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband..."


Review:Shadowfires, originally released under the name of Leigh Nichols, is a bit of a departure from the "typical" Dean Koontz novel. Yes, all of the goodness that is Koontz definitely comes through. But yet...there is a darkness present that goes beyond his typical fare.

Rachael is morbidly relieved by her husband's death, as it provides a quick ending to a disastrous marriage. But she knows more than she should...far, far more. And that knowledge will not only haunt her...but will lead others to hunt for her. With the help of a well-meaning friend and a few dogged police officers, an a path is forged to the ending of the horror that has come to life. Along the way...stories of human greed and selfishness, of humanity and evil.

I enjoyed, and it kept my mind occupied during a difficult time. Go read!

If you have read or are planning to read this book, please make sure to stop back by and leave me a comment to let me know your own thoughts!

From my library to yours,



Patricia said...

I just recently finished this one and it is not one of Koontz' best in my opinion (and as Koontz is my favorite author and I have read just about everything he has written, I feel I can justifiably say that). Too much people changing into monsters--too dramatic, not the nice subtle changes of some of his other books.

Tiffany Aller said...

I would agree that this isn't the strongest work from Koontz - who is one of my favorites as well. It's just too dark, I think, compared to some of his other works.