Author: Dean Koontz
I am slowly trying to move out of my comfort zone and try a few more recently published books. I have very little knowledge about current writers, mostly because of how often I have been disappointed in the morality portrayed, or just the lack of writing ability. Because of those reasons, I have stuck to the fantasy genre and classics, almost never reading anything unless someone I trusted recommended it.
Now that I’ve become a little more sure of myself, I decided to start reaching out and picking up a book based on its cover and description and just trying it out.
The first victim of my experiment was this book by Dean Koontz. I’m a little embarrassed to type this, but I honestly had no idea who the author was until I started getting questions about what I was reading. It was nice, however, to get enthusiastic comments from random people.
Anyways, I am running off with my thoughts!
I read Innocence in April, so this review is a little late forthcoming, but here it is nonetheless.
I went into the book determined to be objective, but I also really wanted to like it. I delve into every book that way. Go figure.
The writing was good. Really good. Since I have read so many old classics, I have an appreciation and love for the well-structured and long sentence. Not run-on ones, mind you, but good sentences. Dean Koontz definitely exceeded my expectation on that one. His vocabulary was somewhat archaic and made the sentences much smoother. This may have been due in part to the character of the male protagonist and his backstory, but regardless, it was very well done.
The settings were written in such a way so as to draw you in. The characters were also well done. The story flipped back and forth in time throughout the book, telling the life story of the male protagonist but I was never confused or lost. More good points.
There were a few points where I had to stop so that my mind could process, and once or twice where I thought the story was going to take a turn that would cross my “moral line”. Thankfully, it didn’t!
I cannot say that I liked the ending, but I’ve heard from several people that this author is notorious for that. I did like the answers that were revealed because they were thought-provoking. I pondered them for more than a few days following my completion of the book.
Overall, I did enjoy reading Innocence, and would like to explore more of Dean Koontz’ books in the future!
What is your opinion? Have you read Innocence, or do you read Dean Koontz, and what do you think?