Length: 277 pages
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Colin Jacobs was a quiet, awkward fourteen-year-old boy who knew that he would never be popular. So when Roy Borden, the most popular kid in Colin’s new town becomes his best friend, Colin considers himself blessed. But what could a kid like Roy see in him to become his best friend – his blood brother? What could a kid like Roy have anything in common with him? The questions stay in the back of Colin’s mind, ignored as he basks in his newly formed friendship. Just as he ignores the feeling that Roy is keeping some dark secret from him. And when Colin is finally given the chance to face Roy’s secret, he can do nothing but turn away. But, as Colin discovers, one does not betray a blood brother… not without consequences. Now, Colin’s life is in danger, no one believes him, and no one can save him. Except for himself. And as Colin fights for survival, the voices that taunt him every night, that whisper in his ears, that lure him to the dark side, may finally get their way.
This was my first Dean Koontz book, and it’s definitely not going to be my last.
The Voice of the Night pulls you in from the first sentence, and it doesn’t let you go right up until the end. And you’re left wondering what’s going to happen next at every point of the story. There is also a lot of mystery with some characters that, you just know, play a pivotal role in the shaping up of others, and that adds to the ‘edge of the seat’ sentiment that the book creates.
The most striking thing for me, though, was the similarity between Koontz’s and King’s style. I can’t say exactly what was similar, except that Koontz managed to evoke the same emotions that King does for me – this unsettling feeling that something bad is going to happen and, of course, that the worst evil in the world is often found right within you. So you end up reading the book while glancing over your shoulder occasionally, with no idea why you’re even spooked.
The one thing you can identify as the cause for that churn in your stomach is the very graphic representation of a psychopath’s fantasies and actions. Not for the faint-hearted, those sections. Frankly, even someone who is quite unaffected by gore would feel a pinch because it hits you at a physical and mental level.
So, who should read The Voice of the Night?
Anyone who may not have read Dean Koontz but likes psychological thrillers, Stephen King and suspense. And anyone who may have read Dean Koontz – I don’t know where on the scale this book stands for his regular readers and fans, but it definitely is a really well-written book that offers a great reading experience.
What did you think of The Voice in the Night? Which Dean Koontz book would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below.