Published by Bantam on December 10, 2013
He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.
She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.
But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.
In Innocence, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with readers forever.
I don’t often get access to Dean Koontz arc books, but this is the second one I’ve gotten my greedy little hands on. The first time, I threw myself on the mercy of a BEA Power Reader in order to get an early copy of an Odd Thomas book. This time I
stole borrowed from the amazing Fake Steph, who won the arc as part of her prize pack from Victoria Shwab’s book signing.
Innocence reminds me a lot of the Odd Thomas books- although no character will ever be as charming to me as Oddie. In fact, the main character could be Odd’s older, more sheltered, long lost brother. The battle between good and evil is very much in play here, with a lot of commentary on the darkness that dwells in the hearts of so many people. Koontz occasionally goes off on social commentary rants that tend to slow the pace down, but I for one like an author who isn’t afraid to tackle things like religion and our world’s increasing violence and carelessness for others. That said, it may be a turn off to people who don’t like to mix religion with their thrillers.
I found the main character, Addison, to be charming and good, the bad guys to be appropriately evil, and while I figured some things out, the ending had some surprises in store. I do feel like this could have been a series- I would have loved to know more about the marionette dolls (creepy effers!) and the pasts of characters in more detail. The ending could have been… bigger, extended.
The voice of the book is very similar to the voice of Odd Thomas , enough so that it felt almost immediately comfortable. There are lots of secrets and unknowns about Addison, but I knew enough to care about him. I loved that the chapters alternated between past and present, keeping in suspense as to what was going to happen in both timelines. Again, I just wish there had been even more.
Innocence comes out in December, and I think it’ll make for a great winter read. The setting of a city quieted with snow really adds to the sense of mystery and mysticism that novel evokes. Get a blanket, a warm mug of cocoa and settle in, midnighters!
Innocence gets a Midnight Book Rating of:
The code word is: Voodoo
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