I'm a thrill junky when it comes to books. What the Night Knows is Dean Koontz's latest thriller. It is a mix of supernatural evil and real-life unconscionable behavior. The reader definitely roots for the main character and his family, despite both the literal and figurative separation that exists between the members of the household. The separation is based both on the physical construct of the house as well as the fear that each member really didn't see what they think they say and refuses to come forward in honesty.
There are flashback journal entries that attempt to explain the existence of an evil entity and how that evil is perpetuated. These entries are the least compelling and most disturbing parts of the book. There is a deadline by which the main character must save his family. It is the children in the book who get the highest marks for grit and plain old intuition. They are divided into those that listen to the intuition and those who do not.
This is the first Koontz novel that I've picked up in several years and I found that, like most books that pass the first few chapter test, I wanted to read and find out what happens next. So, on that level it was a great success. However, the revulsion associated with the very existence of the evil entity leaves a bad taste in the reader's mouth. If you are a Koontz fan you will enjoy this book. If you have never read a Koontz book before pick up Mr. Murder, Watchers or Intensity first.
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