I don't know how I feel about this book. I liked it, I love so many of Koontz books, but I don't know. Sometimes I think it's because I'm tired or in some kind of mood that a book doesn't hit me the right way. Or maybe I just liked it okay and there is no other reason, but you, the reader of this review.. why should you care? Read what you want and decide for yourself :)
This book is sorta like Beauty & the Beast.
But it's not like Addison (beast) goes out defending Gwyneth (beauty) because bad guys are after her. He's just there with her.
Okay, let me backtrack, first the book does go back and forth between how Addison grew up and the here and now with Gwyn.
When Addison was born the midwife tried to kill him because of whatever is on his face and hands and his eyes. Well, that was short lived as his mother told the midwife at gunpoint to get out!
Unfortunately, at the age of eight, Addison's mom kicks him out of their home in the woods because a hunter saw him and tried to kill him. She gave him money and foot and told him kind of what to do. So, this poor little boy sets out on his own. He finds his way onto the back of a truck and gets brought into the City. Oh joy! Where there are killers galore! Addison keeps gloves on and a hoodie over his face and eyes.
Addison almost gets killed by burning when he is saved by a man he soon calls father. He lives with him for many years until they are caught out in the snow playing (only at night) and his father was killed by cops! COPS! because they saw what his father looked like... forgot to mention he's just like Addison.. makes you wonder. This poor boy has to take this man back underground where they live in the tunnels and sets him out to sea. I felt so bad for both of them. People just suck!!!!
So Addison is traveling the streets a lone...
Addison can also see things he calls the clears and the fogs. His dad told him to never look one in the eye and the fogs were evil. I still don't know what in the crap they are! If someone knows, please inform me.
Addison creeps into the library one night because he has a talent for knowing how to get into all of these places. This is where he finds Gwyn, she is running from a man. Come to find out this man is a jerk that killed her father and tried to rape her when she was little.
Anyway, they meet, become friends and Gwyn drags Addison into her world where this man is trying to kill her because she knows the truth and he thought she was in a mental institute. Her wonderful dad set up all kinds of apartments and places to live and had her guardian tell that tale so she wouldn't be come after by anyone. He had this feeling he might die. He was such a nice man because Gwyn had a disorder of being around people, but he didn't send her off and force meds on her and all that junk. He let her be as she was, incredibly smart she was too. Anyway, she only went out mostly at night like Addison.
So, they go through all of this stuff that I'm not going to tell you. Some people get killed. Some other strange stuff happens that I don't even know how to explain. Most of the end of the book has me confused. :( I do like that Addison and Gwyn seem to live happily ever after out in the woods with kids and other strange things going on. What was going on? Someone tell me what was up with the ending?
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