“Elsewhere” – a Dean Koontz book.

Dean Koontz has a new book coming out Oct. 6th, 2020, called: “ELSEWHERE”.

I won’t be ordering it, yet, as its in ebook? or Kindle form. Hoping for a paperback version later. It sounds good. But there’s more (from Amazon.com) :

The fate of the world is in the hands of a father and daughter in an epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his eleven-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep.

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object—something he calls “the key to everything”—and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

Dean Koontz books

Dean Koontz has written some very suspenseful and interesting books. And some that I felt were a letdown. When he’s hot, he’s “on Fire!” And when he isnt, I feel its because A) some books have rushed and too abrupt endings, and B) sometimes there are too many unnecessary characters or the book rambles with things that could be left out.  But when he’s good, he’s reeeeally good!  So if you are indoors and could use some good books to read, I offer these, by Dean Koontz:

If you’ve never read anything of Koontz’s I would start with:

“The Vision”    This one reads fast. A lady psychic can sit in a car, put her hands on the steering wheel, close her eyes and–almost– see who the killer was.  Koontz gives great suspense.  It moves fast.

“Lightning”   Completely different from The Vision.  The main character is Laura Shane. A mysterious man suddenly shows up at the most critical or uncanny times to either rescue her, or alter an outcome. Yet, at some bad times, Laura is left to fend for herself. Amazing “incidents”.  Who is this good samaritan? Where is he from? Why does he do it? How?

“Night Chills”    Pressing harder on the gas pedal, a driver goes fast and faster and smashes his car and himself in a suicide. But why?  Then, we find out that a town’s water supply has been drugged. And what is the “Key/Lock Program?”

“The Face”   Someone, is leaving surprise packages at a rich persons house. What things are being left there? By who? Why?

“Midnight” was also a good read.  I haven’t read Koontz’s “Intensity” but many have reported they liked that one.  Have also  heard that “Hideaway” was a good one.

I read another book that Koontz wrote under the name of Leigh Nichols, called: “Shadowfires”.  Rachel and Eric are getting a divorce. Then Eric dies. But his body is missing. Or is it? What was “The Wildcard Project?”

Try the above, first.  Another nice thing about Koontz is that his books are often quite different, in plot, from each other. Good variety and imagination.

I could not finish “The Bad Place”.  It rambles all over the place and I kept asking wherrrrre?? is this going, before just saying heck with it and giving up.  I seem to remember “Winter Moon” being a letdown at the end, and also “From the Corner of His Eye”. This was more sentimental, not creepy enough.  But when Koontz is good, he’s really good.  Try some of the above.  Good reads.