by Dean Koontz
#1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz delivers a mesmerizing new thriller that explores the razor-thin line between the best and worst of human nature—and the anarchy simmering just beneath society’s surface—as a likeable, successful family man is drawn into a confrontation with a foe of unimaginable malice…
Bestselling novelist Cullen “Cubby” Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children’s book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed “Spooky,” and a non-collie named Lassie, who’s all but part of the family.
So Cubby knows he shouldn’t let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him—even if it does appear in the nation’s premier newspaper and is penned by the much-feared, seldom-seen critic, Shearman Waxx. Cubby knows the best thing to do is ignore the gratuitously vicious, insulting, and inaccurate comments. Penny knows it, even little Milo knows it. If Lassie could talk, she’d tell Cubby to ignore them, too.
Ignore Shearman Waxx and his poison pen is just what Cubby intends to do. Until he happens to learn where the great man is taking his lunch. Cubby just wants to get a look at the mysterious recluse whose mere opinion can make or break a career—or a life.
But Shearman Waxx isn’t what Cubby expects; and neither is the escalating terror that follows what seemed to be an innocent encounter. For Waxx gives criticism; he doesn’t take it. He has ways of dealing with those who cross him that Cubby is only beginning to fathom. Soon Cubby finds himself in a desperate struggle with a relentless sociopath, facing an inexorable assault on far more than his life.
Fearless, funny, utterly compelling, Relentless is Dean Koontz at his riveting best, an unforgettable tale of the fragile bonds that hold together all that we most cherish—and of those who would tear those bonds asunder.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This wasn’t my favorite Dean Koontz novel because it was so different that the others, but that being said, I still gave it five hearts because I loved it. It has all the Koontz trademarks: edge of your seat suspense, honorable everyday guy with a secret, good vs evil. But it’s done sort of tongue in cheek with quite a bit of irony, some of it bordering on the unbelievable. Only a writer as good as Koontz is able to pull something like this off. The irony begins almost immediatly with the sociopath book reviewer not only trashing the lovable author’s new novel, but deciding he must die for writing it. I’m sure Koontz was thinking of some of his past reviews when he wrote this. The old adage that if you make a writer angry, you may end up as the villian in his next book may have been going through Koontz’s mind. All in all, this was a very enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.