Review of VELOCITY by DEAN KOONTZ
This is a great book, but not really my taste. When I worked in a bookstore, I vastly broadened my horizons in terms of what I read. Before I more or less only read young adult fantasy, with some regular fantasy and mainstream fiction. Then my bookstore co-workers introduced me to mystery, romance, and numerous subsections of nonfiction. I would call VELOCITY horror, not normally my thing but I’ve learned not to let that stop me from trying something different here and there.
Average guy Billy finds a note on his SUV offering him a choice: take the note to the police and the writer will murder an elderly woman, or don’t take the note to the police and the writer will murder a blonde schoolteacher. Billy doesn’t take this first note to the police, convinced it’s a twisted prank. However, when a blonde schoolteacher is murdered Billy finds himself plunged into the very center of a serial killer’s messy game.
The story is too gratuitously violent and psychologically perverse for me, but I also think it’s exactly as one might expect for the genre and exactly what some readers are looking for. It’s certainly fast paced with dozens of extremely short chapters adding to the sense that the reader is speeding through this whirlwind story.
Aside from unexpected exceptions when plot summaries don’t encapsulate the full merit of a book, I think readers are good at sensing what they will enjoy. VELOCITY is well-written and dense with actions and twists. I expect that anyone intrigued by the above premise description will not be disappointed with the book. However, if it sounds too dark or violent for you, it probably is. When you try new things, not every thing is a winner and, though I commend VELOCITY as a well-written book, it also convinced me I won’t be an avid horror reader anytime soon.