Review: The Big Dark Sky by Dean Koontz

Publisher’s Description

A group of strangers bound by terrifying synchronicity becomes humankind’s hope of survival in an exhilarating, twist-filled novel by Dean Koontz, the #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.

As a girl, Joanna Chase thrived on Rustling Willows Ranch in Montana until tragedy upended her life. Now thirty-four and living in Santa Fe with only misty memories of the past, she begins to receive pleas―by phone, through her TV, in her dreams: I am in a dark place, Jojo. Please come and help me. Heeding the disturbing appeals, Joanna is compelled to return to Montana, and to a strange childhood companion she had long forgotten.

She isn’t the only one drawn to the Montana farmstead. People from all walks of life have converged at the remote ranch. They are haunted, on the run, obsessed, and seeking answers to the same omniscient danger Joanna came to confront. All the while, on the outskirts of Rustling Willows, a madman lurks with a vision to save the future. Mass murder is the only way to see his frightening manifesto come to pass.

Through a bizarre twist of seemingly coincidental circumstances, a band of strangers now find themselves under Montana’s big dark sky. Their lives entwined, they face an encroaching horror. Unless they can defeat this threat, it will spell the end for humanity.

Thrilling Reads Review

Dean Koontz’s latest novel, THE BIG DARK SKY, was published on July 19, 2022. It features a thrilling and suspenseful story about a group of strangers bound by terrifying synchronicity becomes humankind’s hope of survival in an exhilarating, twist-filled novel.

The book tackles a heady subject, but in Dean Koontz’s capable hands, he delivers an action-packed, suspenseful super natural thriller that was an entertaining read.

In typical Koontz fashion, the book combines several genres, delivering a lot of mysterious twist and turns.

There is a large cast of characters starting with Joanna “Jo Jo” Chase who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico when she starts having memories of her childhood in Montana along with mysterious phone calls, dreams and other experiences that seem to push her to return to her childhood home.

There is also a ticking clock aspect to the story, with a cult-like leader and serial killer bomber tied into the plot of the story and another mysterious puppet master behind it all.

The story starts slow but picks up nicely, quickly delivering a thrilling and suspenseful read well worth reading THE BIG DARK SKY.

Author Interview

It's safe to say that Alan Petersen loves mystery and thriller books. He writes high-octane thrillers, hosts the MEET THE THRILLER AUTHOR podcast, and reviews thriller/mystery books.

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