Somehow in my years of reading hundreds of mystery books, I had neglected to read a Dean Koontz novel. Perhaps my love for my favorite who-dunnit heroine, Kinsey Malone, had steered me away from dabbling in new authors. Recently though, I picked up “Relentless” and found myself thoroughly enjoying and respecting yet another mystery novelist.
In this tome, Koontz give us a small cast of likable and quirky characters. The main character, Cubby Greenwich is an author that has that combination of enduring and frustrating qualities that makes you want to shout “Why would you do that?!” through every chapter. Cubby’s wife Penny (also a writer) and six-year-old genius son Milo (nicknamed Spooky, you’ll find out why) all collaborate to save the family from Shearman Waxx, the most vicious literary critic on the planet. Waxx has a mystifying vendetta against Cubby and a seemingly unstoppable power to ruin Cubby’s reputation and family. This villain keeps readers, and the book’s cast of characters, wondering what unthinkable evil is around the corner.
Add eccentric in-laws, a feisty babysitter, and an unusual family rescue dog and my reading journey was a relentless page turner from start to finish. Cubby tells us early on that “good luck” has been a constant companion in life. I recommend picking up a copy of Relentless and feel lucky all through this gripping read.
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