Book Reviews, Dean Koontz

Wilderness – Dean Koontz short story

Wilderness

Each life is a spool of thread that unravels through the years, and it is by a thread that we are so perilously suspended.

When I started reading this story I realized that I had read it before. These are the first 5 chapters of Innocence.
I’m not going to review them, just include what I loved best:

That long-ago day, when I was only eight, I didn’t arrive at this realization, but in time I came to see that of the many kinds of wilderness, the human heart can be the bleakest and the most hostile.

Many hearts contain great beauty and the smallest measure of darkness. In many other hearts, beauty brightens only remote corners where otherwise darkness rules. There are those in whom no darkness lies, though they are few. And others have purged from their inner selves all light and have welcomed into themselves the void; their kind are to be found everywhere, though they are often difficult to recognize, for they are cunning.

In the years following my escape from the hunter, I encountered the best and worst of humanity, in days of much peril but also days of triumph, through years salted with much grief but also sweetened with joy.

My life would be constrained by the horror and fierce rage that my appearance inspired, but I would know peace as well as fear, tenderness as well as brutality, and even love in a time of cruelty. I will not say that my life would prove to be the strangest in a world replete with strangeness; but I would never have reason to complain that my life was ordinary.

cover100x100Addison’s journey continues in INNOCENCE , available soon in hardcover, eBook, and audio. In a dark world, they light each other’s way .

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with readers forever.

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