Dean Koontz brings on another read that has me looking over my shoulder, jumping at shadows, and re-thinking my love of technology! 77 Shadow Street is definitely not a fast read, but it is worth the time!
The Pendleton was once a grand residence of a grand family. But tragedy struck. And it struck again. And again. Some say it’s because it has been built on land considered to be special by the Indians who worshiped there long ago. They said it was a link between past and present; and that link is weakened every 38 years when past and present blur together for a short while.
Koontz tells the story from the point of view of one character at a time, switching between them as chapters change. The cast of characters ranges from the young to the very old, from the child with autism to the man with a think tank.
Like I mentioned above, this is not a quick read. The chapters do not fly by in a flurry of prose and conversation. Instead, each chapter has to be savored. Often parts need to be read and re-read to get the full impact of what Koontz is telling through that character. The descriptions of the creatures encountered are to detailed and terrifying to be skimmed over.
But the time spent in 77 Shadow Street is worth it, I promise. You’ll love some characters. You’ll hate some characters. You’ll cheer when radical actions are taken.
And, if you’re like me, you will never ever catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye and write it off without seriously considering what is hiding in the shadows.
I read my library’s copy of this book.