Ive always been a huge fan of Dean Koontz. I think he is a brilliant author, and hands down one of the best horror authors around today. There are very few who step up to the likes of him and Stephen King. I am constantly amazed at how Koontz contines to come up with brilliant, creepy and completely original material time after time, and ’77 Shadow Street’ is no exception. If you are looking for a creepy and fun novel with a plethora of great characters you actually care about, then this one is definately right up your alley. The book does take a long time for the reader to gain any sense of what is going on, and leaves you in a constant state of head shaking confusion, continually with reocurring thoughts of ‘What the hell is going on here.’ It may take a while to figure out what is truly occuring in this book, but when everything comes down and things are wrapped up, it all makes much more sense.
77 Shadow Street’ is a novel about a number of residents residing in an upscale apartment building. There are a plethora of characters, though this at first proves a little difficult to follow who they all are and to not confuse one with another, Koontz does an excellent job of bringing additional characters into the mix gradually, therefore giving you time to establish them at a pace where you are not completely lost. These residents (for the most part) have nothing in common. They are simply aware of many other residents as opposed to a tight knit community. As things began to get moving, they begin to come together and (having no choice) work together to try and survive the events in play.
Events begin to unfold with strange shaking occurances in the building, then strange events begin to occur during these seizures, rooms changing from well kept apartments as they should be, to empy rooms covered in cobwebs, appearing abandoned for ages. Shadows and creature like things move along the walls and even through them. As the shaking ceases, everything will revert back to the way it should be. But this is only the beginning. I dont want to go into too much detail about the story as it is a novel that is extremely enjoyable, very much so in part to the level of confusion and questions it induces in the reader consistently throughout.
I have not read all of Koontz’s books, but i have read a good number. I am a huge fan of Koontz’s ‘Odd Thomas’ series (the fifth novel in the series ‘Odd Apocalypse’ hitting stores this summer) and rarely am dissapointed by one of his efforts. Bearing this in mind, i can honestly say i enjoyed this novel more than the majority of his other novels, and that is saying something. Unfortunately with the nature of this novel it is extremely hard to relate what i liked so well about it without giving away major plot points that i feel would hurt the experience of reading the novel. It is interesting, confusing, eery and completely different from most of what you see in films or books these days. If you are not a fan of ‘weird’ you may want to avoid this one, though if you are a fan of such (like me) you will most likely thoroughly enjoy this book, and be emerged in it from the first chapter, right up until the very last page. Hands down, one of the best Dean Koontz novels (that i have read) in recent years. I highly recommend it.
’77 Shadow Street’ is available in Hardback, in stores now from Bantam Books.