NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Dean Koontz’s short story “Wilderness”!
This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.
In Innocence, Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with readers forever.
He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.
She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.
But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.
Praise for Innocence
“A thriller that’s both chilling and fulfilling.”—People (four stars)
“Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted descriptions. . . . An optimistic and unexpected conclusion [mirrors] his theme. Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Mystery and terror, the paranormal and romance—all combine to make Innocence a challenging and emotional experience.”—New York Journal of Books
“This novel really is something special. . . . This may just be the book Dean Koontz was born to write.”—Thriller Books Journal
“Entrancing . . . as speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz . . . has ever constructed. Written in Koontz’ late mellifluent and reflective manner . . . [Innocence is] fueled by deep disgust with the world’s evils [and] hope for redemption.”—Booklist (starred review)
“[An] imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz . . . This is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while.”—Publishers Weekly
“Masterful storyteller Koontz delivers perhaps his most eerie and unusual tale to date. The timeline in this amazing story is compact, and readers will be swept along as they try to unravel hints and clues as to the true nature of both the protagonists and the unfolding drama. Unpredictably spine-chilling and terrifying, this is a story readers won’t soon forget.”—RT Book Reviews
“Elegant . . . Fans of Koontz’s previous series will be left hoping that Addison and Gwyneth, too, will return.”—Library Journal
Narrator Andrews brings to life a dynamic cast of characters in the audio edition of bestselling author Koontz's mystical thriller. Koontz is a master at creating protagonists who are unique in the extreme. Here he presents two Addison Goodheart, who hides in hoods and shadows because his otherworldly visage turns even gentle pacifists homicidal, and a Goth-garbed teenager named Gwyneth, who cannot allow herself to be touched. Andrews provides Addison, the novel's narrator, with a youthful voice that's full of wonder, tempered with shy self-consciousness when in the company of Gwyneth. Gwyneth's voice sounds just as young, but there's also determination and an uneasy, suspicious edge. As for the other characters, Andrews serves them equally well. Addison's mother, who banishes him from their secluded home, speaks with harsh self-loathing. The former marine turned priest who becomes Addison's benefactor has a similar attitude, but his voice is deeper and stronger. And, for Gwyneth's horrific pursuer, Telford, Andrews eschews the more obvious villainous rasp or hiss for the supercilious, ironic attitude of a man convinced he has the upper hand. A Bantam hardcover.
I have long been a true fan of Dean Koontz. He has an unusual way of writing and I had forgotten this fact when I began this novel. It begins slow and I was questioning why I couldn’t get into this particular story. Of course, there was a reason, Dean Koontz was setting the stage. Everything was intertwined with an eventual connection. I ended up loving the story.
I have read all of Mr. Koonz' books and find that as he ages the books contain more of what is real , what is right with mankind. That one thing is love. Quoting from the Beatles, " All you need is love." I love the image of the dogs surrounding them at the end and think that Trixie was there leading the pack. Thank you.
Mr. Koontz has an ability to use language that resonates to the depths of our souls. The characters are as real as we wish them to be, and their perils and triumphs become ours. This is not an easy beach read but one that will have you question life and the part you play in it.