Billy Wiles is a very ordinary man with an extraordinary past. As an ex-writer currently working in a bar, Billy lives a very secluded life outside of work and prefers to be left alone.
Billy’s life is suddenly turned upside-down when he is left a note giving him a choice: “If you don’t take this note to the police, I will KILL a lovely blonde schoolteacher somewhere in Napa County. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead KILL an elderly woman…”.
Billy is horrified when he finds out (too late) that the note isn’t a hoax. It is also the first of several impossible choices presented to Billy. The choices given to him become more difficult, more urgent, more personal and more gruesome as the story progresses. Billy finds himself in an ever accelerating nightmare as he faces impossible choices and personal injury from a psychopathic madman who has made Billy the subject of a very sick and deadly game.
After some truly gory scenes (you’ll shudder as you read parts of this book), Billy manages to determine the identity of the killer and the nature of the killer’s game, all the while trying to protect the life of the most important person in his life.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very difficult to put down. It was an edge of your seat gripping book. It was totally unrealistic at the end when Billy just gets on with his life as though nothing has happened, but never mind. This was one of those Dean Koontz books that leaves you wanting more.
Book Published 2005