Reviewer: Jessie (USA) -
I'm surprised that this makes so many people's least favorites list. This was Koontz number 18 for me and it looks like I'm going to have to add it to my top ten favorites! It's more teenager oriented than his other books, much as The Funhouse was. It should be refreshing for anyone who doesn't like Koontz's heavy descriptions, as The Voice Of The Night has much more dialogue and is lighter on the descriptions and metaphors. It has a RL Stine rated R feel much as The Funhouse did.
Colin Jacobs is a shy, akward, nerdy fourteen year old boy who recently moved to town. His father is a beer-guzzling, wife-beating redneck and Colin lives alone with his mother who is always working and never has time for him, nor does she ever trust him. Colin's only friend is Roy Borden, also fourteen. Roy sometimes likes to talk about sick things, but Colin just assumes he's putting him on. When Roy reveals that he's killed not only animals, but people, Colin doesn't believe him. But when Colin tries to force him into helping him cause a massive disaster in town, Colin must make the most important descision of his life. If he refuses, Roy will kill him. If he goes along with it, he'll be responsible for several lives.
The book was pretty disturbing at times. Roy is a pretty messed up kid. It's his reasons for being a messed up kid, revealed at the end, that made me shed a tear. And it's much more than you may think. You'd never think you could feel sorry for this twisted boy who likes to torture, maim, and fascinates about rape, but you do.
I highly recommend The Voice Of The Night, along with: Intensity, The Door To December, Watchers, Whispers, Darkfall, Hideaway, Shadowfires, The Funhouse, Twilight Eyes, and Phantoms.