The premise for this book is amazing; a boy named Bartholomew loses his sight at the age of three, when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from fast spreading cancer, and then, though eyeless, regains it at the age of thirteen. When a reader opens the book he reads how Barty loses his sight at the age of three...and then regains it at the age of thirteen. If you though the novel would revolve around the boy regaining his sight, you're dead wrong. The book begins with the details of the boy growing up (before he loses his sight). Meanwhile, on the other side of the galaxy, Bartholomew discovers that he has some superpowers dealing with alternate worlds (the quantum theory bit), that he can walk in the rain without getting wet, and loses his sight. The killer learns that a girl he once raped gave birth to a baby, and decides that the baby must be Bartholomew, so he goes on in a search to find the boy and kill him. The child turns out to be a girl, and she and her mother flee the evil killer only to end up being taken care by...AGNES, THE MOM OF BARTHOLOMEW. So when the killer finds them, he finds the girl (who is a brave prodigy too, though she has eyes) and the boy enters the scene. BIG CLIMAX: The killer is ready to kill the boy, but...the girl pushes him into an alternate reality because, it turns out, she has superpowers too. The remaining twenty or so pages serve to wrap up loose ends, and on the last page the boy regains his sight. Koontz can't write kids; he just can't get them right. I could go on and on but honestly, if a man writes eight hundred pages about a killer hunting down the good guys and then eliminates him in 15 words, he doesn't know how to quit.
This is my all-time favorite book and a MUST READ!
The book then went on to detail the boy being born and growing up (all before he loses his sight). It also switches to the story of this psycho who vomits profusely after killing his wife and ends up being hospitalized, where some bizarro detective starts stalking him. Psycho discovers that a girl he once raped gave birth to a baby, and determines that this baby must be the boy whose name he muttered in his sleep (logical, yes?). Of course, it turns out that the child is actually a girl, but that doesn't stop psycho from trying to kill her and her mom and her soon to be step-dad. So, when psycho comes along, looking to once again try to kill the little girl, he stumbles upon her playing with blind boy. Oh, except that when psycho comes up to kill blind boy, the little girl (who just so happens to ALSO have super powers-- crazy) shoves him, and he falls through their little hole in reality, and is gone forever.
Favorite Quotes She lived for others, her heart tuned to their anguish and their needs. Each smallest act of kindnesseven just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smilereverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time its passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.
What the hell is your point with this book Dean Koontz?
-THIS MOMENTOUS DAY, H.R. White (As created & mentioned by Dean Koontz in One Door Away From Heaven) This great saga reaffirms my belief in alternate realities and parallel universes.
In this novel, we have three different stories that will eventually come together. This was a difficult novel to rate. One of the messages of this novel is that life has its ups and downs but the ball still continues to roll. With the previous sentiments about this book why not a five star rating? The author could have written some more pages about the climax (ironic since I just said this book needed to be trimmed) and my fulfillment would have been satisfied.
In the end, it's clear that Koontz is mixing a good stalker-murder-thriller with an interesting theory about religion and quantum physics...
Within the horror/suspense genre, Koontz generally writes two types of novels: 'government conspiracies', or 'madman chasing an innocent man/child/woman/dog/couple/ all of the above.' The gov't ones are fine, as a matter of fact, it was "Strangers" that got me hooked on DK. But there's only so much you can do with 'black ops' and 'the government within the government.' While "From the Corner of His Eye" DOES have a madman chasing innocent people (WHAT?
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist" (Rolling Stone) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.