Darkfall by Dean Koontz – Review (Book)

I am a fan of Dean Koontz and it was interesting to find out that this novel was originally released under another name, as he felt he was being pigeonholed at the time.

Darkfall tells the story of a police detective called Jack Dawson, a widower whose story intertwines with his children, work partner and, among others, a mafia crime boss.

The book started slow and took a while to get going but once it built up a head of steam it was really enjoyable, if a little nonsensical.

Focusing on a set of unexplainable murders that look set to start a gang war in the city, Darkfall takes a sinister turn as it becomes apparent there is no way the murders could’ve happened by human hand.

As the detectives search for clues it becomes clear that a mysterious man named Baba Lavelle, who claims to be a voodoo witch doctor, is somehow involved.

I like Koontz’s easy style as it makes his books enjoyable and straight forward to read. Darkfall is the same, though I wasn’t entirely comfortable with the stalking/threat towards Dawson’s children in the early stages of the book.

However that is a personal opinion and not one that reflects badly on the novel – nothing comes across in bad taste for instance.

Overall Darkfall was a fun, if sinister, novel that got better as it went along and is worth a read. Certainly not one of Koontz’s finest but it was interesting to see him attempt to splice various genres together into one supernatural based story.

Rating: 6/10

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