The Door to December… where to begin. First off, Dean Koontz (unlike a previously reviewed author) knows how to write. The characters presented have depth and aren’t wooden. The pricks are obvious pricks without going overboard and the MC Dan Haldane was a smart ass, again, without going overboard. The kind of smart ass I appreciate. The one that comes off saying ‘why don’t you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourself’ without actually saying it.
The mother of Melanie, Laura, is a bit to bookish. A psychiatrist that is trying to get her daughter back to the real world after six years of mental/physical abuse by the father for ‘experiments for a higher order’. Yes, the book semi-Godwins itself. She approaches it too much as desperation to get her little girl back instead of realizing the depth of what happened to her daughter. It irritated me to some extent.
Oh boy… Nothing like the over intelligent trying to justify the torturing of a small child for the ‘greater good’ too. That’s what this book boils down to in some regard. In the end the two remaining ‘geniuses’ try to do that to Occifer Dan. Yeah, doesn’t work and the sad part is ther are people like that out there.
Now to the meat of the book. Torture the girl to make her learn to leave her body spiritually to observe because when this usually happens, the spirit can’t react. Well good old Melanie finds a way and when she has her breakthrough moment, she unleashes hell on those who tormented her to this state. Every single one. The problem? She blames herself so when she finishes the last two, she tries to kill herself. Dan the good guy figures she won’t do that if the mother shields her. It works, of course, because most like happy endings when they’re reading books. The only time it might not happen is in a trilogy ALA the first set of Star Wars movies. No, not the one with Jar Jar. Any true fan bleaches their brains on those three movies ever existing.
The beginning was slow but the middle of the book speed up and had an interesting part where they went back and forth between two scenes. It has a mild love interest between the Laura and Lieutenant Dan that never really goes anywhere and probably completely unnecessary with the background given on Dan. No, shrimp were not involved.
Okay, as with any book, there was a certain part I loathed. When the MC Dan goes to the assassin’s house (Rink), Koontz goes on a bender in describing every stinking piece of furniture in the house. Bland outside but DAMN! Look at all the shit this hired gun has inside! WOW! Um, who cares? Does this lead to anything later in the book? Nope. This Rink guy was just another body in a long line of bodies that the ‘out of body experience’ Melanie killed. What was described in perhaps a few lengthy paragraphs could have been whittled down to a couple of sentences. I tried, as I might, to chalk it off to the MC’s obsessive-compulsive behavior with lists but since it wasn’t done anywhere else to the length it was for Rink’s house, I figure the editor went “Oh for fuck’s sake, Dean, I’ll grant you it here but the rest of this book-thickening crapola has to go’.
All in all, not a bad book and I’d pass it along to someone else to read but I’d suggest they buy their own. My copy is a bit worn and near falling apart from the years.
Next up will be [[shudder]] Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Born of Fire. Remember I mentioned I tend to buy several books at once?