Thursday, December 29, 2011

Review: Relentless by Dean Koontz

Bestselling novelist Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed “Spooky,” and a non-collie named Lassie, who’s all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn’t let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him—even if it does appear in the nation’s premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic, Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and inaccurate comments. Penny knows it, even little Milo knows it. If Lassie could talk, she’d tell Cubby to ignore them, too. Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career—or a life. But Shearman Waxx isn’t what Cubby expects; and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. For Waxx gives criticism; he doesn’t take it. He has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath, facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life.

The Negative Side:
Relentless was an okay book for me. Nothing unique and fresh about it. It's a thriller and God knows I've read so many of them. The problem I had with this book is how Mr. Koontz describes the whole situation of a family in peril is a bit confusing to me. There's this certain part in the book wherein the family was fleeing for their lives and they were laughing about their predicament. I just think that it wasn't necessary to add laughter in that particular scene. Some of the dialogues are a bit melodramatic and it kinda put me off...

The Positive Side:
There's no doubt that Dean is a good writer. A great one even. I've read Phantoms and Intensity and they were really scary. He can transport you to the world of the supernatural and you can really feel the tension that builds just by his words alone. That's how good he is...

The Overall Side:
I have mixed feelings for Relentless. It has its good moments and some really bad ones. I think there's no perfect book, there's this quote I want to share to all of you, "If there's a book you really want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."  ~Toni Morrison.

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars


Jared said...

This is regarding your review on 'Relentless' by Koontz. I'm not entirely sure of what you have written on 'The Positive Side'. When you wrote 'Dean is a good writer etc...' are you referring to what He has written as a whole or that Relentless is comparable to he's previous work? The overall take I got from your review is that this book is below par to hes other writings.

Ruperto Prieto said...

I compared his previous books against Relentless and that Relentless is a far cry from his books that I've read. But I still think he rocks! 77 Shadow Street looks really promising! I hope I can get a copy soon! =)

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