Only if you've finished it *SPOILERS*

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  1. HMW
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    HMW Well-Known Member

    There will be no things hurled, at least not from me, but I have the feeling that complimenting Stephen King by comparing him to Koontz might in fact be taken as an insult.
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...you'd have to ask him...it's just my opinion...
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  4. RRozsa
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    SPOILERS: I listed to the book on audio, so forgive me if I can't come up with the exact quote or context, but there was one point at which SK seemingly threw us an intentional misdirection. SK said something to the effect that "it would haunt Hodges for the rest of his life" in regards some innocuous statement Jerome said about his mom and sister attending the concert. It really led me to assume that it was going to end in tragedy. Another surprise for me was, after Brady left the shoe box in the back seat of Hodges' car at the funeral, when Holly was begging to ride with Hodges and Janie in his car, I was certain that Hodges (or Holly) would open the back door and spot the shoe box, and have everyone run for cover as the car exploded. I was also very surprised at the way the planned poisoning of the dog took an unexpected turn. I loved the fact that the story had so many unpredictable twists and turns.
  5. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

  6. HMW
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    HMW Well-Known Member

    Yes, yes, yes and of course!
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    ChickenStu Member

    Hey guys, long time no see! Gotta say - for some reason this left me a bit underwhelmed...
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  8. fljoe0
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    fljoe0 Cantre Member

    I enjoyed the book. Not an epic SK book but still very good and I had a hard time putting it down. Jerome's joking way of talking to Hodges made me cringe a little. On one hand, it established how comfortable the two were with each other but on the other hand, I'm not sure a young African American kid would actually do that.
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  9. Neil W
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    Koontz is responsible for 3 of my favourite books - Watchers, Lightning and Odd Thomas (the first one). He's still got a way to go before he ctaches up with SK, though. Speaking of which...
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  10. Neil W
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    Neil W Well-Known Member

    Finished it yesterday. It didn't grab me immediately: I didn't want to race through it to start with. But, from about halfway, it became a page-turner.

    I was quite aware of the "building blocks" in it - story construction elements in there to ensure that the story progressed in a particular way, to set up payoffs etc. But this didn't spoil things.

    I thought the villain was great - a true monster, yet with a degree of sympathy.

    I liked Janey very much (I note that someone else didn't). Perhaps it's that, as an overweight 62 year old man myself, I found some elements of Bill's situation fairly enviable.

    And, again, Mr King gave me a moment where I thought "Oh no, he's not going to..." and then he did, and I had to put the book down and go and have a few minutes by myself.

    The only bit I didn't like was the very end which was a bit too "last shot of a horror film"-y for me.
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    arista First time caller long time listener

    I enjoyed the book. I was not sure I was going to, as I am not big crime novel reader. However, this one grabbed me and kept me reading. I felt little uncomfortable about the racial slurs with Jerome. I do think it noted how comfortable the character Jerome felt with the detective. I was really rooting for Holly to have a romantic connection with someone. I do not think Jerome would have been appropriate age wise- but perhaps a good looking cop on the force.
  12. carrie's younger brother
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    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Or how about just "a cop on the force?" Doesn't have to be "good looking."
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  13. Lord Tyrion
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    As someone who has played on XBox Live, I can assure you that it is still an issue. There is still power behind denigrating people like that would fit Brady's persona.
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  14. Tery
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    I read it in one fell swoop, up all night. Loved the cat & mouse feel of it and, as RRosza mentioned, all the twists and turns. Great book!
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    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Ah, the wonders of the internet *smdh* Playing hide-hidey to do your nasty deeds should not come as a surprise to me. Disappointing.
  16. Lord Tyrion
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    I thought it was a solid read, but not an epic. I agree that the most riveting part of the novel was the opening scene. It's the part of the book I'll remember most. I liked Hodges trying to solve the case on his own and Janey helping him out. The burger part was the most shocking.

    Having read two of SK's book (11/22/63 being the other), it seems like his strength is getting the reader to care about the characters. The Janey/Hodges relationship was the heart of the novel.

    I agree with some of the critiques brought up. Holly's character did feel a bit forced. I wasn't quite feeling her being a part of the team.

    The last part of the book was a bit flat. It seemed to run through the motions of a ticking time bomb scenario. Though there was a genuine tension of whether or not the bomb was going to go off. I didn't think it was going to be an automatic "good guys win" story.
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