I read this book in one day. Two things: it's not that short of a book, and I'm not that quick of a reader.
Things I can give away without a spoiler alert, that are even on the jacket. A realtor is kidnapped in broad daylight from the very last house she will show for that day. She is held for one year in a place so remote it makes her rescue ironical. Monstrous things happen to her in this place. Things we think: "My GOD I'd never survive that." We whisper, "No way."
You will be long haunted by the characters in the book. Just make sure, and I'm NOT kidding, that you leave a light on. And if you have a pet, keep it close by.
Koontz, Dean, and Anderson, Kevin J., Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, July 28, 2009.
Yes, I know. Koontz, literature? No, but yes. I'm a long time admirer of Koontz, and I won't defend him. In Prodigal Son, he flips the story of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and asks the question "What if Victor Frankenstein was the monster, filled with god-like power to create a race better than the one before?" I don't mean that stupidly, because of course some of that was the theme of Shelley's original Frankenstein.
But Koontz takes it a step further. Frankenstein creates his monster of 200 years ago with more bodily organs than he is supposed to have (you'll have to read to find out which ones, sorry ).
It would be too long and complicated to explain the whole new thing. Know this: Victor Frankenstein, who now calls himself Helios, and has managed to live into the 20th century, is now with wife Erika 4, believes the book 1984 should be taken literally, but up a few notches. You know, Alphas, Betas....
I'll say no more. Perhaps I've said too much already. Enjoy.