What the Night Knows Reviews
"Starred Review. Essential for Koontzs myriad fans as well as followers of horror in general." - Library Journal
"The terror level never reaches that of similarly themed works such as the movie Fallen. Clunky prose ... doesn't help." - Publishers Weekly
"A good ghost story is all about the suspension of disbelief, which is hampered here by haphazard plotting." - Kirkus
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Rated of 5
What the Knight Nose
It had been a while since I last read a Dean Koontz novel and I'd forgotten what a disappointment the last one was. This book was a sad reminder. I love good supernatural fiction and this book looked promising. Despite some distasteful elements, this one caught my interest in the first few chapters due to a good balance between realistic crime fiction and slowly emerging supernatural elements. The book began to degenerate when the focus shifted to the absurdly unrealistic children (especially Minnie), and the author tediously interjected too many misplaced AP English vocabulary words. I never did get what the Wheel was about. The most interesting character, the priest who truthfully warns the detective who wants him to preform an exorcism that, "You don't want me in your house.", is given far too little time. Other sociopaths are given too much. The ending is over the top and sacrifices any remaining credibility. Mr. Koontz needs a tougher editor.
Rated of 5
What the Night Knows - Dean Koontz
I have to agree with one of the reviewers and for me also this must be one of the worst books I have ever read. I used to like Dean Koontz, but this book is badly written, badly thought out and it falls between a number of stools. It is not a proper thriller or a supernatural story, it is however a waste of time. Goodbye Dean Koontz and good luck!
Rated of 5
Worst book I have ever read!
I used to love Dean Koontz books, however always felt that he struggled to write a satisfactory ending. There were only a few books which I really felt had done him justice when it came to the end. But I always brought his new books because I liked his humour which came out through the course of the book and his great imagination and how I was able to connect with the characters that he was describing. However after following all of his books I noticed that he increasingly seemed to use a thesaurus and that he continually seemed to put long describing words which were unnecessary and sometimes confusing where he had inserted them. Several times I changed authors but then always went back to see if his writing had reverted to his style in the beginning and that I was a fan of.
What the Night Knows got to the point for me where not only was raping a sister quite disgusting and at times extremely graphic but his use of something as sinister as something from the dark side using humans as a horse I found to be unrealistic and could not follow his plot or dialogue. Since he is sold primarily as a crime novelist and not a science fiction author, I found his continued use of the supernatural coming through his later books. I would expect something of this nature from Stephen King who goes out of his way to create a book which shocks however not from Dean Koontz. It was a very Disappointing read and again it was rather like reading a dictionary. I read a paragraph to a friend who had not read his books and looked at me like what does that mean. Most of it went over my head. Disappointing when this man obviously is a very talented author however this last book did not do him justice and based on the last couple of books but primarily on this one I shall not be buying any more of his books. Sad but some authors just pump out their books, its Disappointing that just because his first books were successful that publishing houses cannot see that his later books have not been well received.
Rated of 5
I am retired and read a lot. This was the worst book I have read in years.
Rated of 5
What the Night Knows
I have been a Dean Koontz fan ever since I read his book "Strangers" many years ago. That book to me, was the best story the author ever wrote... until now. "What the Night Knows" is a page-turner, and a ghost story like no other, and written as only Dean Koontz knows how. The terrifying conclusion is a satisfying end to a well written book. A must read for the Koontz fan, and quite possibly, Koontz's best to date.