The Taking by Dean Koontz

Date of Publication: 2005

Synopsis:
“On the morning that marks the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. A luminous silvery downpour is drenching their small California mountain town. It as haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now, in the moody purple dawn, the young couple cannot shake the sense of something terribly wrong.

As the hours pass, Molly and Neil listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. By nightfall, their little town loses all contact with the outside world. A thick fog transforms the once-friendly village into a ghostly labyrinth. And soon the Sloans and their neighbors will be forced to dram on reserves of courage and humanity they never knew they had. For within the misty gloom they will encounter what is happening to their world…something that is hunting them with ruthless efficiency.” -Blurb from back cover

Review:
I both loved and hated this book. It was thrilling, scary (it gave me nightmares), and shocking, but was also all over the place in terms of its storytelling. The end of each chapter was a cliffhanger, and the final revelation at the very end seemed almost an afterthought. The plot didn’t wander at all, it was simply that it didn’t feel as well thought-out as it could have been. The characters never seemed as surprised as they should have been at the horrors they witness throughout the night, and at the end it seemed as if Koontz had given up, letting them go with the “strange reluctance” to talk about anything they had gone through, as if they didn’t care. On the whole, though, this book was incredibly exciting, and the twist at the end literally had my mouth hanging open. It’s a perfect choice if you’re going on vacation, or on a long plane ride. Just don’t expect too much out of it.

Rating: 7/10

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