Book Review: Breathless by Dean Koontz


Cover of "Breathless: A Novel"

Cover of Breathless: A Novel

Yes, I know I tend to go on and on about Dean Koontz, but the man’s a genius. After attempting to read two of Peter Straub‘s books and positively dragging through them I gave up.

Luckily I came across Breathless. There is mystery here but not really horror. There is more wonder and excitement. This book took me all of about four hours to read. Yet another book I couldn’t put down.

Strange things are happening. Grady Adams and his dog, Merlin, have two unusual intruders and they are not evil. Dr. Cammy Rivers, the local veterinarian, witnesses bizarre, trance-like behavior in some rescue dogs and in animals on a nearby farm. Henry Rouvroy returns to visit his twin and his wife after many years’ separation and goes berserk.

Cammy and Grady name the creatures “Puzzle” and “Riddle.” They have solid white fur and black hands and feet. Their hands are like primate hands, they are extremely intelligent and curious. They like to be cuddled and are interested in how things work. The dog loves them.

The beautiful beings inspire Cammy to contact two colleagues for advice who, in turn, are compelled to notify the authorities. The Department of Homeland Security brings all reinforcements to inspect these creatures.

What I really like about this story is the element of fantasy that, maybe, could even be real. Who knows?

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