Review: Velocity by Dean Koontz

Velocity by Dean Koontz
Michael Hayden (Narrator)
Published May 24th, 2005 by Random House Audio
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Bill Wile is an easygoing, hardworking guy who leads a quiet, ordinary life. But that is about to change. One evening, after his usual eight-hour bartending shift, he finds a typewritten note under the windshield wiper of his car. If you don’t take this note to the police and get them involved, I will kill a lovely blond schoolteacher. If you do take this note to the police, I will instead kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have four hours to decide. The choice is yours.

It seems like a sick joke, and Bill’s friend on the police force, Lanny Olson, thinks so too. His advice to Bill is to go home and forget about it. Besides, what could they do even if they took the note seriously? No crime has actually been committed. But less than twenty-four hours later, a young blond schoolteacher is found murdered, and it’s Bill’s fault: he didn’t convince the police
to get involved. Now he’s got another note, another deadline, another ultimatum…and two new lives hanging in the balance.

Suddenly Bill’s average, seemingly innocuous life takes on the dimensions and speed of an accelerating nightmare. Because the notes are coming faster, the deadlines growing tighter, and the killer becoming bolder and crueler with every communication—until Bill is isolated with the terrifying knowledge that he alone has the power of life and death over a psychopath’s innocent victims. Until the struggle between good and evil is intensely personal. Until the most chilling words of all are: The choice is yours.

My thoughts…

Velocity starts with death by garden gnome story in a bar while Billy is bartending, which drew my interest right away (because I like garden gnomes) and it only became more interesting as the story progressed.

Billy wants nothing to do with this creep taunting him and trying to frame him for murders. Because of Billy’s own past (murdering his parents) he doesn't feel comfortable going to the police even though he wants to. It was frustrating that Billy was threatened and manipulated by the killer. Each time the creep would murder someone he would plant evidence in Billy’s home or property, and Billy would have to search for it and remove it from his property. I was routing for Billy all along as he came closer to determining the identity of the killer.

The only thing I didn’t care for was the explanation as to why the creep had targeted Billy in the first place.

Overall, I did enjoy it and would recommend it to other Koontz fans.

Happy Reading -J


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