velocity.jpg“Velocity” by Dean Koontz

“Velocity” is about a man in his thirties who takes the law into his own hands when, out of the blue, when an anonymous adversary threatens him

If you don’t take this note to the police . . . I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher . . . If you do . . . I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.

The typewritten note under his windshield seems like just a sick joke. But in less than twenty-four hours, Billy Wiles, an ordinary, hardworking guy, is about to see his life take on the speed of a nightmare.

Because a young blond schoolteacher is murdered—and now Billy has another note.

And another deadline.

This time he knows it’s no joke. He’s racing a killer faster than evil itself. And Billy must accept his terrifying challenge: The choice is yours. — from the backcover

Ten pages in I thought I had the killer’s identity but I was only partially right. But this doesn’t stop this novel from being a page turning read; in fact it makes it more so. As the story progress Koontz speeds faster and increases the pace and chaos of Billy Wiles’s life. In the beginning Billy is just like you or me and he finds himself a crazy life or death situation. These situations would make a good movie, if done right.

This is the first of Dean Koontz novel I have ever read from this outing I think I’m going to take another trip. In “Velocity” he creates a world that is easy identifiable and easily make the reader paranoid. He displays this by invading his protagonist’s security, showing the reader how easy there security could be invaded.

Once the paranoia starts its leads to fear and leads to one of two things crumble under the pressure or rise to the occasion. Through out he keeps you guessing as to if Billy Wiles will come out on the others side. Wiles is a complicated character with a complicated past that is clouded in mysterious until it’s revealed leaving the reader wondering until the end if Wile is really the protagonist of this story.

The twist that Dean Koontz has written in too “Velocity” his ingenuous and should have been apparent but wasn’t. I think other readers will find this twist and the ending satistifying. Making this a novel worth a second read. “Velocity” lives up to its name.


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