By the Light of the Moon (Dean Koontz)

In By the Light of the Moon artist Dylan O’Connor is driving through Arizona with his autistic brother Shepherd, and decides to catch up on his sleep in a motel. But (as Hitchcock demonstrated) motels can be dangerous places, and Dylan is soon tied up, gagged and being pumped full of strange fluid by sinister doctor.

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I loved this book. Dean Koontz just rocks. I loved Dylan and Shep, and found myself wanting the perspective to change quickly back to Dylan, rather than Jilly.

While the two characters are unaware of each other they bump into one another shortly after escaping their bonds and are faced outside by a number of unmarked SUV’s. They manage to get away with Shep in tow and so begins a wonderful game of cat and mouse.

This book has plenty of great twists and is really well written. You got a great feel for the characters and while there is a supernatural element to proceedings, everything is well grounded.

I read recently that ‘By The Light Of The Moon’ is the most requested book by Koontz’s fans to receive a sequel. I have to say it’s not a surprise – whether it’s because the book is genuinely great or perhaps because of the unexpected turns it takes – this is probably the best Dean Koontz novel I’ve read.

The ending was a bit fast, however, with a bit of a cheesy “save the world” concept. I really wanted more. I even started trying to read a lot slower i read too fast :P) just to make the story longer.

I did notice they there seemed to be a few…what can I call them…blips? Not very noticeable, but I did get slightly confused at some points, as they seemed to be a void of a reaction by one of the characters to a particular action…(am really trying to not let spoilers go here..plus I can’t remember a proper example).

I do love Koontz style of having an entire book about, in this case : 18 hours…Other books i’ve read have been about 2 days, or just 24 hours. It’s quite amazing that. Though I did sort of think at one stage, that a few days had passed but then one of the characters said “yesterday” and I was shocked. I love the style but sometimes you can doubt the believeabilty of it. Really? So much in so little time?

And I am confused about the “folding” part of it…well, in particular, how the hell did Jilly get the hang of it???? I was so confused when she suddenly stated she was amazed about the sense of reality…then folded across the church by herself. :S

In fact, I think Dean Koontz made a few mistakes with Jilly. I think that is where he did the blips, the voids : Jilly. So, I think he preferred Shep and Dylan, and ended up rushing a few Jilly parts of some scenes.

And seriously, get together! Though, later, I did think 18 hours of madness (however mad and long it seemed) wasn’t long enough for a relationship, I suppose… I was waiting for something to occur in that sense though.

I really loved Shep and Dylan. Such epic characters.

Overall : the book just rocks. Get it. Seriously.


DEAN KOONTZ (1945 -) is perhaps best known as an American author of thriller/suspense novels with fantastic elements. Koontz has in fact written straight Science Fiction, at least early in his career. Later writings often feature recurring fantastic themes (like talking dogs). Another recurring topic is that of sociopathy. He returns to again and again, making him unique in the field of fantastic fiction writing. Some readers say his writing falls into the “Horror” genre though Koontz flatly denies this. Labels aside, a few things are very clear; he’s very prolific, intensely popular and definitely, completely and utterly askew from the mainstream – despite being so popular in it. Koontz’s audiobooks tend to be hard to find after their initial release – if you think you might want one, snap it up while you can. If you can find an older audiobook it will tend to be expensive – collector’s don’t give them up easily.

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