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I thought The Husband was great! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I will admit though, it was not typical Koontz style, it was different than most of the other books he's done.
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Okay, what do I think of this book? I thought it was better than recent efforts like The Good Guy, and yet the fact that I thought it was better makes me like it less. I know that doesn't make sense, but The Good Guy for me was just craptastic, whereas this book had massive potential that Koontz screwed up.

For one, the first half of the novel, which all takes place before the main plot kicks in, HALF THE NOVEL before the main plot kicks in, was too drawn out and repetitive. I can deal with a book with a long build up, but to me this was just really kind of tedious and as I sad repetitive. His extreme paranoia became annoying and just a lot of the same over and over. I know dnurse said so much of it would be relevant later, and it was relevant but still didn't need to be dragged out for so long, and then the last half which is the part I found interesting was rushed. SO many Koontz endings seemed rushed now, like he's over the story and just ready to be done with it.

And while the whole harvesting of body organs was an interesting plot twist, the ending was ridiculous. For one, he used the oldest trick in the book of just having the bad guy explain the entire reasoning behind their actions at the end. And why wasn't she going after the doctor, why only Ryan? And then he decides it was really his fault because he should have READ THE SUBTEXT!?!?! I was in awe of the stupidity of that. And then he convinces his cartoonishly bad father not to give a description, I guess because he felt he deserved it?!?!?!? As if he could have really possibly known. Please.

And what was up with Samantha? It was suggested through things she said to him that she had some secret in her past that was never revealed, and the scene after her book signing almost made me hate her. The way she said that there were reasons she wouldn't marry him but wouldn't tell him what they were, that he should know from the SUBTEXT (again with that, I see what Kootnz was going for but more subtlty in his own subtext would have been nice). It was like she was playing those bullsh*tty games people play, "I shouldn't have to tell you what's wrong, you should just KNOW."

And that ending, how cliche, the rich man gives up all his money to help others. And partly I guess because he felt he was in the wrong somehow for his part in what happened to Lily despite BEING COMPLETELY INNOCENT!

There was the potential here for a great thriller about the body harvesting and him being stalked by this sister, but Koontz didn't write it. Not sure if he's capable of writing it anymore.

I suspect that like other writers with his level of success, he no longer has to listen to an editor (Rice and Harris make it part of their contracts that no editor can touch their work, it is published as is). I tihnk that's a mistake, no matter who you are you NEED an objective eye. And a good editor could have told him the first half needed to be tightened, the second half expanded.

And I love his use of language sometimes, but it's over the top now. It really is like he just sits around with a theasarus to impress people with the different adjectives he can use.

Sorry to disappoint those who thought I'd like it. I mean, there wree sections that reminded me w hy I first fell in love with Koontz, but they were buried by so much that was wrong.
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I hope Koontz is just in a temporary slump.
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I thought you'd like it, oh well. I didn't see any of those things you did. The only one I agree on is the thesaurus thing, and it's been that way awhile now.

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Everyone has their own tastes, yes, I know. This book immensely appealed to me. However FE, I think you missed some important points.

The first half of the book is part of the plot, the book focuses heavily on subtext. You must understand what DK is trying to accomplish. Like I said, I read it twice, it's full of interesting writing.

DK doesn't need a thesaurus. This man is a brilliant writer who can speak in public without the use of one. I've read many classic books, I like big words. Learning new ones too. He uses them effortlessly and with a natural flow.

The part where the bad guy is explaining the plot worked well for me. I was so unsure about Ryan as a result of how well DK wrote his character. For the first time, it was like I was the main character having the bad guy explain what I had missed. I had missed the implications of all the medical changes and Ryan's real issue. It was thrilling for me.

He was NOT completely innocent. That was the point! The first line of the book starts it with "Ryan Perry did not know that something in him was broken." This leads the reader to infer his heart's physical state but actually later is revealed on page 320 with Violet, "Ryan Perry had not known until this moment that something in him was broken. The roots of violence included avarice. Greed. He said, 'My blind greed killed your sister.' 'Greed? You've got all the money in the world.' 'A greed for life.' He had coveted her heart, any healthy heart, and had lied to himself, had hid himself from himself." What was "broke" was his greed for life! It goes on to explain more and about Samantha's insight.

And that scene with Samantha! I found that complex. I wasn't sure if Ryan was mentally ill and she was trying to be compassionate. I could feel her compassion. It was sad. Samantha knew that Ryan had the ability to "handle" the situation "illegally." In earlier scenes, that was the "subtext" about him "handling" his medical care. But she wasn't completely sure and never wanted to risk losing the man she loved in case she was wrong. To tell a man that he might be capable of using a harvested organ from a person because he had the means! What a risk if you are wrong. Some may ask, "Why doesn't she just come out and tell him?" Well, I just explained why. Also, she finds it important that he use his freewill. Despite what she suspects, she still loves him and wants him to have the chance to do the right thing without her interventions. Plus that risk of losing him if she is wrong that I stated earlier prevent her from coming out and stating it directly. Her love for him changes after he makes the wrong choice. In the book signing scene, she could see he was still lying to himself and how unbearable the truth would be for him. She couldn't hurt him because she knew he wasn't ready and it was too late anyway.

And Violet! Of course she would go after Ryan first. It was personal. He had her twin sister's HEART in his body! She's irrational and believes he used the system with his wealth. Which he did. She wants vengeance. I'm almost positive her character would've gone after the doctor too, but she would start with Ryan first!

The ending makes sense. His life had become unrewarding despite all his wealth. Go back and read how unsatisfied he was with it. You'll see. The ending reflects the meaning he found. Redemption. Learning to love the truth instead of hating it. Finding grace. And of course the dogs! Dean Koontz loves dogs. I love the way he uses them in his books. It's a signature of his and if you really love Koontz, you can appreciate it.
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