“Frankenstein: Prodigal son” by Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is another author I have a weird relationship with. The first book of his I ever read was way back when I was introduced to James Rollins. The same lady that lent me his books lent me a Koontz book, it was a new author I wasn’t familiar with so I wasn’t going to say no. I enjoyed the book up until the ending, it was kind of a let down. I found out shortly after that that my step-dad loves Dean Koontz. When I started working at the book store I bought him the entire Frankenstein series, and then moved onto Odd Thomas. Fast forward to a few years ago when I attempted another Koontz book (Odd Thomas funny enough) and found it …not bad. He was overly wordy, to the point the story felt like it was getting lost in the words, like he was trying to emulate Stephen King. When we found this book super cheap somewhere we picked it up, I was willing to give Koontz another chance because the others I read weren’t BAD per se, just, not great.

I will say, though, I enjoyed this book. My biggest issue with the book is you’re following 5 or 6 different characters so there is no mystery, it also jumps a lot to cover all those story lines. The mystery of the murders in the story is ruined by the killers point of view, but at the same time, still interesting because you get to see his method and his reasoning behind why he’s doing it.

With little spoilers, I will say the novel follows The Monster, a female detective, Victor Frankenstein, the murderer, Victor’s wife, and sometimes there is a chapter or two from other characters.

The book starts from the Monster’s point of view, who is now calling himself Deucalion, and a letter he gets that sends him back to America. Back to the city where a murderer stalks the populace looking for the perfect body parts. In among these two story lines, is the one of Victor and his pursuit of perfection, a master race, and a future war …and a copy cat killer.

I’m good at following multiple story lines, so this wasn’t a problem for me, but I know it’s not something for everyone. I found all the story lines really interesting because in the beginning they all seem hodged-podged together, but they slowly start linking or colliding with one another to reveal a much bigger plot.

I found Koontz’ writing very different from the previous two I read. It was very straight forward, not overly wordy, and very quick to read. The way he ends certain story lines feels very lacking, but in the greater scheme it made sense in a way.

I will be reading the rest of the series, because it is rather interesting.

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