In Innocence 2 outcasts find love while trying to survive in a harsh world!
I have been a big fan of Dean Koontz for years so when I came across Innocence I wanted to read it. I must admit although I did enjoy the story it was far from being a favourite of Dean Koontz books.
Addison Goodheart is 26 years old and from the age of 8 has lived alone and underground in a series of rooms in an old sewer. From birth when people look at him it causes a violent reaction and they want to kill him. His mother tolerated him until he was 8 and then threw him out to fend for himself. Lonely and reclusive he sleeps during the day and explores the city at night, always with his face covered. He favourite place is the library, which he can access after closing through the sewer system.
Addison also has the ability to see beings that he calls Fogs and Clears. These beings cannot be seen be anyone else and he is not sure what purpose they serve.
During one evening visit to the library he meets 18 year old Gwyneth who is being pursued through the library. Addison is fascinated and drawn to Gwyneth. They are both outcasts from society as Gwyneth also hides from the world as she doesn’t like to be touched.
These 2 misfits become friends and band together and start on a mission to protect an orphaned child who is in a coma and try to outrun the man that Gwyneth believes murdered her father and wants to kill her.
Overall, having loved Dean Koontz novels for years as they are always thrilling and exciting, I was very disappointed in Innocence. Quite frankly it was slightly boring but with just enough happening to keep me reading (probably in the hope that it was suddenly going to burst in to life). It started off ok with this strange boy that provokes violent reactions in people that saw his face but then seem to change tact from a psychological thriller to a Beauty and the Beast love story. It was a story, that while boring, I did keep reading and did enjoy it to a point (its central characters I thought were great but more could have been done with them).
If you have ever read any of the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz the Fogs and Clears and reminiscent of the Bodachs that feature in the stories but in this case I feel added nothing to the story.
The characters themselves are great, both with self-imposed exile from the world at large but there just isn’t enough to the story to make it interesting.
This is completely different from Koontz previous novels and, sadly, for me not up to standard.
RRP: £18.99 (Hardcover) / £7.99 (Paperback) / £4.49 (Kindle Edition)
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