The Darkest Evening of the Year (Hardcover)
by Dean Koontz
I can't think of any book I've ever been more annoyed and disappointed with. I bought it because I haven't read anything by Mr. Koontz, and since our last names are similar I figured I should get an informed opinion. The only reason I finished the book is because I kept thinking "surely it's going to get better... there must be some reason people buy these books!" But alas, I finished it last night and... it was crappy up to the very last page.
I knew the book would be a struggle for me when on the first page this paragraph was randomly thrown in:
"For some, the past is just a chain, each day a link, raveling backward to one ringbolt or another, in one dark place or another, and tomorrow is a slave to yesterday".
Little "gems" like these are strewn throughout the book like thesaurus vomit, seemingly with no connection, and certainly in a different mood, to the surrounding paragraphs. Talk about trying too hard!
The characters were completely one-dimensional- the "bad guys" were 100% un-understandably bad and the "good guys" were 100% good. No underlying motives, just good and bad.
The book read a bit schizophrenic- one part murder mystery, one part dog adoption pamphlet, and one part really bad junior high school poetry.
I'm afraid I don't have one nice thing to say about this book- I can't say I've ever felt that way about any other book. I want my four dollars back, local drug store!