Dean Koontz comes back to his Golden Retriever love

Dean Koontz writes nonstop and there is seldom a book of his that does not make it to the New York Times bestsellers list. He is a Golden lover from way back, and I can only imagine how tough his newest publication was, given the recent loss of his Golden Trixie to cancer.

Cover ImageWatchers , written by Dean Koontz in 1996, was my favorite book from this author. Of course, it’s easy to guess why. The hero of the book is a genius Golden Retriever, aptly named “Einstein.” When Travis Cornell and Nora Devon meet Einstein, they are touched by the dog’s intelligence. Einstein is one of two altered life forms that had escaped from a top-secret lab. The other, “The Outsider,” is a deadly hybrid. To protect themselves, Travis and Nora must learn to be deadly as well. This book has it all — suspense, horror, pity, love & conscience!

ThisCover Image newest book, The Darkest Evening of the Year, which is due to be published the third week of November, has been one that he’s been waiting years to write, at once a love story, a thrilling adventure, and a masterwork of suspense that redefines the boundaries of primal fear–and of enduring devotion.

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered Golden Retrievers. Among dog lovers, she’s a legend for the risks she’ll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy’s heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can’t allow herself to return, Amy’s behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other Goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents. An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion.

And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy’s every move and that, whoever it is, he’s not alone. Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she’s always been there to save. But now there’s no one to save Amy and those she loves. From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year should be Dean Koontz at his finest (given his Golden love), a transcendent thriller certain to have readers turning pages until dawn.


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