I didn’t realise before starting this book that it was actually a ghost story, and was expecting something a bit spooky but grounded in the rational world. If you like ghost stuff, then fine, but it’s not really my thing.
The main character is a detective called John Calvino. When he was a teenager, his family was killed by a gruesome serial killer, but because John managed to escape being killed with the rest of his family, the killer, who died at the time, decides to come back and do it all again. The early part of the book where sweet young Billy Lucas murders his family works well but then the killer leaves Billy’s body and fixates on the Calvino family.
Calvino’s family consists of three totally perfect children (maybe I could get my kids to read this) and a totally perfect wife (Oh, maybe I won’t bother about my kids). They life in a totally perfect house, home school their children, have no money worries, and employ a couple to run around doing all the grotty household jobs.
There wasn’t a lot in this book that I could relate to, nor did it capture my attention as pure fantasy. While I have read some great Dean Koontz books, this wasn’t one of them.
Book Published 2011