Book Reviews, Dean Koontz

Seize the Night * Dean Koontz

One by one, the children of Moonlight Bay are disappearing. No one knows if they are dead or alive. Christopher Snow, suffering from the rare disorder xeroderma pigmentosum, has glimpsed the dark and torrid secrets of the small-town community where he has spent his entire life. And only he has the key to the truth – a truth that could only exist in the genetic chaos of Moonlight Bay.


Second book in the Moonlight Bay Trilogy, following after  Fear Nothing, this book was a huge disappointment when it comes to delivering the goods. The surfer talk was getting boring after the first few instances and the good dialogue I was used to had little sparkle, the action was dull and slow paced (everything happened in the last 30 pages of the 400 available) and the little thrills had little explanation.

Overall score: 2/5

But hey, don’t listen only to me, there are other opinions on the book:

5.0 out of 5 stars A breathless pageturner 31 Oct 2006
By Imperial Jade

This was only my second Dean Koontz book, “Fear Nothing” being the first. With “Fear Nothing”, I was impressed, but in “Seize the Night” Koontz comes alive with an unnerving eyeshine.

I was constantly amazed at the quality of Koontz’s writing. I know that isn’t any kind of reason to buy a book; one usually buys a book for it to be a cracking good read, which this is, but I couldn’t help but appreciate the quality as I was reading. In parts, it was like reading one of your favourite poems – just perfectly polished. Yet for all his polish and finesse, he doesn’t miss a beat and manages to produce a belting pageturner at the same time. I don’t know how he does it.

In this book, Koontz’s character build-up is so real, so seemingly effortless, that you just take his characters for granted as your own friends. You are right there with them. When they joke, you laugh, when they hurt, you hurt. When they die…

This book left me in a muddled state of mind: mentally breathless, relieved, exhausted, sad at having reached the end, angry to find the next is yet to be written, and with one burning question: what made it disappear??? I suspect that might be answered in the final book, so he’d better hurry up and write it.

When asked about the third book of the series, the author responded:

TBR: Do you plan, in the foreseeable future, to return to Moonlight Bay, and more specifically, Christopher Snow, featured in FEAR NOTHING and SEIZE THE NIGHT?

DK: I’m half way through RIDE THE STORM, the third Christopher Snow story, but another book will appear between FALSE MEMORY and RIDE. I must say, I never anticipated the enormously positive response I’ve received from the first two books. They are different, after all, and the characters in them are unconventional for a suspense novel, so I expected that the tone of these books would seem like a sour note to some readers who wanted only what they’ve seen before. Yet that hasn’t been the reaction at all. I receive about 10,000 letters a year from readers, and in the first year after a book is published, perhaps 5,000 letters will deal specifically with that piece of work. Each of the first two Snow books, however, have drawn nearly double the usual volume of mail, and out of that correspondence, only eleven readers, to date, have complained. Most of those who complained didn’t perceive the humor in the books. Since humor is the essential coping mechanism for Chris Snow, since it is at the heart of all his relationships with his friends, and since it is as saturated through the events of the story as is suspense, I’m a little surprised anyone could read the books and not at least recognize the comic elements. You might not share my sense of humor, but I’d expect you to know that with these books — as with, say TICKTOCK or MR. MURDER — I’m wearing two hats: my suspense-novelist fedora and my comic-novelist cap with pompon.

1 comment

  1. The “I’m halfway through writing Ride the Storm” is incredibly old and extremely annoying. What has it been – 17 years or more now? Why doesn’t he just say, “Screw it. I will never finish the book because it does not interest me, or it is not financially rewarding enough to do so”, rather than just leading all his loyal readers on? He does not owe anyone a third book, but he does owe us the honesty to tell us it is not going to be written.

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