Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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.
Fearless, funny, utterly compelling, Relentless is Dean Koontz at his riveting best, an unforgettable tale of the fragile bonds that hold together all that we most cherish—and of those who would tear those bonds asunder.
My thoughts: I've been a Dean Koontz fan for years and would be hard pressed to name one favorite book of his. So, I really liked this book. Cubby reminded me a little of Odd Thomas with his sweet nature and goodness. I would have liked to have known more about his ability that saved him as a boy and think it could have been put to use. I couldn't get enough of Lassie and the strange episodes she brought to the story. I found it to be witty, riveting, and suspenseful.


Yvette Kelly said...
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Yvette Kelly said...

Hey I spelt his name wrong so I had to delete previous comment.Anyway I love Dean Koontz and I am adding to my tbr list.

Yvette Kelly said...

Oh Sharon sorry me again.Ive tagged you for something over at my blog.

Teddyree said...

I'm a huge Dean Koontz fan, don't know how I missed this one but I know I havent read it! Nice review.