Genre: Suspense, SciFi Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
My lovely friend, Jaymie, and I recently buddy read Strangers by Dean Koontz. This is definitely not a book I normally would have read, but it was such a fun experience reading it with a friend!
Essentially, the novel is based around a group of strangers that start having peculiar psychological abnormalities. One woman blacks out after seeing a pair of black gloves, another man starts sleep walking, and yet another suddenly becomes severely afraid of the dark. Towards the beginning of the novel, they realize that something happened to them, and their memories were somehow repressed. The majority of the book follows the characters in their own, separate lives, as they only meet up toward the end of the book.
While I have mixed feelings about the length of the book, it was a pretty good read! At some points I thought the story could have been conveyed in a much shorter novel, but at other times I truly appreciated the length because it gives the reader an in-depth look into the characters’ lives. That is perhaps the greatest strength of the novel, the character development.
I will say that every chapter of this book had me wanting more! Koontz makes it strikingly clear that there is a huge secret that will be revealed at the end of the book, and I was pleasantly surprised by his ability to maintain suspense throughout the entirety of the novel. In hindsight, I did think the final reveal did not completely explain some of the characters’ previous behaviors. This revelation caused improbable reactions in some of the characters in my opinion. For instance, one of the characters was able to let go of traumatic experiences that she went through as a child, but I don’t think what happened explains this reaction.
Overall, a pretty good book that keeps you on your toes! If you’re looking for a book with interesting characters and a lot of suspense, then Strangers is definitely for you!