Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Phantoms - Book Review

Phantoms by Dean Koontz

What is it about:
The lights are on in Snowfield, California, a cozy ski village nestled in the Sierra Madres, but nobody seems to be home. When Dr. Jenny Paige returns to the small town, she finds tables set for dinner, meals being prepared, and music playing in living rooms, but there's no trace of the people who put the water on to boil or set an extra place for company at the dinner table. As she explores the town, Paige finds friends and neighbors felled by a mysterious force--the bodies show no visible signs of violence or disease, and no known plague kills victims before the ice in their dinner drinks has time to melt. But the deep quiet that surrounds her offers few clues about the fate of the town's inhabitants.

What did I think of it:
A very suspenseful story with a creepy mood. I love the way Koontz sets the mood in his stories and in Phantoms he's at his best I think. There's lots of spooky and scary moments in this book. There's one setback however, and it's one that plagues almost every Koontz story I've read: the resolution of the story isn't that great. As soon as you get to the unveiling of the big mystery the story fizzles out.

Why should you read it:
It's a suspenseful, creepy horror/thriller.

1 comment:

Jess Haines said...

This book scared the bejeezus out of me as a teenager. Methinks it may be time for a reread soon...