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Elsewhere by Dean Koontz

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Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
UK Publication Date: 26th Nov 2020
Reviewed by: Book Worm
Rating: [★★★]

4 word review: Out Of This World

This ARC was provided by Harper Collins UK (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis from GR: The fate of the world is in the hands of a father and daughter in an epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his eleven-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep.

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object—something he calls “the key to everything”—and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

My Thoughts: Those of you who know me will know that theoretical physics is totally my thing and I am not adverse to a little horror thrown in with my reading, so Dean Koontz exploring the Many Worlds theory? Hell yeah.

The book starts as it means to continue, full throttle, no sooner has Ed accepted the box with a solemn promise never to open it, the bad guys turn up, the box is opened and chaos ensues.

The story grips you and doesn’t let go until the last exhausting page is read. Many Worlds allows Koontz to explore several areas of horror as not all worlds are good. Likewise not all worlds are bad and regardless of what happens on Earth Prime the reader knows that somewhere in some world they all live happily ever after.

That blend of bleak and hope is why I love Koontz’s writing we all need to know that things will be OK even while we are enjoying being scared by the possibility that they might not be.

Who would like this? For Dean Koontz fans this is a no brainer you will read it anyway. Anyone else who likes a mix of horror and hope: scary and safe. Give it a go if nothing else the hours will speed by.

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