Thursday, December 31, 2020

Elsewhere by Dean Koontz – Book Review



They have a key to open doors that no one else can see. It's the “Key to Everything”


As is now almost expected from a story by Dean Koontz, a best-selling master of suspense, this is a novel of wonder; this is a novel of terror!


Synopsis


Jeffy Coltrane lives a quiet life in Suavidad Beach, CA where he works at maintaining a normal life for himself and his 11-year-old daughter Amity since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago.  Life is simple for the pair of them. Jeffy is a dreamer who wishes he had lived in the era of the 1930s when Big Bands like Benny Goodman performed. Or in worlds that never were and never can be. He admits he's all about Big Bands and Hobbits. Amity shares his love of Science Fiction and Fantasy. They share a small house and a simple life where Amity is home-schooled and Jeffy repairs and restores Bakelite radios and collects and sells vintage posters and other Art-Deco articles from past times. 


Then, a local eccentric they call 'Spooky Ed” shows up on their doorstep.  Ed insists that Jeffy hide a strange and dangerous object that “he must never use”


The next morning, a group of ominous men visit and search their house. Jeffy & Amity have hidden the 'object' from the subsequent search these supposedly government agents make. Later, they accidentally activate the object Ed had called “the key to everything”, where they discover an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes both familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying.  And they wonder if the key could help them find Michelle. 


But Jeffy and Amity soon find that others are interested in the device, including a man determined to use the key's grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again. 


Author Dean Koontz


*Image of Dean Koontz - "424471817_e337d8f8ec_o"  by  jeremyvaught  is licensed under  CC BY-NC 2.0 


Dean Koontz has written more than 100 books, 14 of which have hit the top spot on the New York Times Best Seller list. He has sold over 500 million copies. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, and their current Golden Retriever, Elsa. Koontz has a deep love for Goldens and has included them in several stories.


Summary


ELSEWHERE by Dean Koontz

Elsewhere is suspenseful, sometimes terrifying, often humorous and a delightful read consistent with what readers and fans expect from Dean Koontz. 


Book Review of ELSEWHERE by Dean Koontz written by (c) Wednesday Elf






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18 comments:

  1. Dean Koontz is my husband's favorite author! He reads all of his books as soon as they are available. I know I purchased "Elsewhere" and put it on his Kindle for him, but I don't remember him telling me about this particular plot. He frequently tells me about Koontz books he thinks I will like, but I haven't read one myself since I read "Odd Thomas". Clearly, you and my husband have similar tastes in books and food!

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  2. :) Would love to sit down and have a discussion about books and food with your hubby, Mouse. And with you, of course. Have always wanted to meet you in person. LOL. Elsewhere is Koontz' latest book. You may be thinking of 'Devoted', which was the one right before this one. I have read that one also and have a review ready for it soon. My youngest son stopped reading Koontz after reading "Odd Thomas" and I'll bet it's for the same reason. :) A discussion for another time. I think your husband will like 'Elsewhere'.

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  3. Suspense is a genre of book that I have yet to delve into, but given this review, I might jump in sooner than expected. It sounds interesting. I have often looked at Koontz books but never given him a read. That is about to change! I think my son would also like this book!

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    1. I found this book fascinating, Olivia. Thanks for your visit.

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  4. I love suspense, mystery, and of course history. Fran reads Dean Koontz often, this certainly sounds like a book we would both like. Thanks Pat for this compelling review.

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    1. Thanks, Sam. I think both you and Fran will enjoy this book.

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  5. He was always a favorite author in the bookstore! Many avid fans!

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    1. Dean Koontz is an author unlike any other. His writings are both suspenseful and terrifying, sometimes humorous, almost always fascinating. Thanks for your visit, Tracey.

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  6. Interesting review. I have read Dean Koontz years ago. But not in recent years. Mostly on audio tapes when I was traveling for work. Maybe I’ll give him another try. Thanks

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  7. I avoid books, movies, etc., of the “thriller” genre, given my lifelong struggle with insomnia (and low tolerance for fear), but these characters sound wonderful! I wish I could read this, but will definitely share your review with my husband, who doubtless would love it. 😊

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  8. Thanks for visiting, Margaret. I remember you don't like scary stories. :)

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  9. He's sold over 500 million copies! OMG. I don't want to say I'm jealous (a self-publisher of riddle books) but I know enough to know that that type of success is way up there! I wonder if my mom knows about this writer. Thanks for the education on this author and book(s). Wow.

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    1. Dean Koontz has been writing for many, many years, Barbara and it took him years to become the success he is today. :)

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  10. I read Dean Koontz many years ago. I should read some of his more recent books. I am adding this to my lengthy to-read list.

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    1. Dean Koontz is good to read, and reread, anytime. I think you'd enjoy his latest books.

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  11. I think this book would have me on the edge of my seat! I think the characters sound quite fascinating. Regarding the terror aspect-not usually a genre I read- so if I do one for me to read in the daytime for sure! Also love that the author adores Golden Retrievers:)

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    1. Yes, he does. You might want to wait to read Koontz for my next book review coming next week - it STARS a Golden Retriever as one of the main characters.

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