- Title: Fear Nothing
- Author: Dean Koontz
- Series: Moonlight Bay #1
- Genre: Horror, Mystery
- Format: Hardback
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Emma, Guest Reviewer
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: Fear, compassion, evil, courage, hope, wonder, the exquisite terror of not knowing what will happen on the next page to characters you care about deeply—these are the marvels that Dean Koontz weaves into the unique tapestry of every novel. His storytelling talents have earned him the devotion of fans around the world, making him one of the most popular authors of our time, with more than 200 million copies of his books sold worldwide.
If you are already a fan, prepare yourself to settle into a novel Dean Koontz considers perhaps his best work to date. If you are a brand-new Dean Koontz reader, buckle up for what will be a most breathtaking ride through the long, enthralling night of…
Christopher Snow is different from all the other residents of Moonlight Bay, different from anyone you’ve ever met. For Christopher Snow has made his peace with a very rare genetic disorder shared by only one thousand other Americans, a disorder that leaves him dangerously vulnerable to light. His life is filled with the fascinating rituals of one who must embrace the dark. He knows the night as no one else ever will, ever can—the mystery, the beauty, the many terrors, and the eerie, silken rhythms of the night—for it is only at night that he is free.
Until the night he witnesses a series of disturbing incidents that sweep him into a violent mystery only he can solve, a mystery that will force him to rise above all fears and confront the many-layered strangeness of Moonlight Bay and its residents.
Once again drawing daringly from several genres, Dean Koontz has created a narrative that is a thriller, a mystery, a wild adventure, a novel of friendship, a rousing story of triumph over severe physical limitations, and a haunting cautionary tale.
Review: Though I’ve read this book before, I really didn’t remember the details. I did remember Christopher Snow and I really like the parameters that Dean Koontz has set for this character. Night scenes in scary books are always more sinister, but having the protagonist be allergic to the sun is an intriguing proposition. Usually, the night creatures in books and films are the antagonist, where they can exercise their formidable, if somewhat vicious and sadistic, advantages over their poor unsuspecting victims.
Here, Koontz gives our protagonist the night, but he does not give him supernatural powers with which to defend himself against the sinister forces in the story. In fact, he gives him nothing other than a personality that we can admire and an emotionally sensitive dog (whom I love).
Though I do agree that he spends rather a lot of the book inside Snowman’s head, I like that. It is a constant reminder that Christopher Snow is alone in the world. He has his dog, his friend, and his girlfriend, but being alone is what has made Christopher Snow into the person that he is. His condition has always kept him on the periphery of what is perceived as “normal life” and, in this instance, I think it aids the haunting atmosphere of the story.
With many other books, I may find this amount of telling as opposed to showing to be tedious, but the quality of Koontz’s writing keeps me immersed in the story, almost as though I am watching events unfold from just behind the Snowman’s shoulder. I’ve really enjoyed reading it again but, if I’m honest, it’s not one of my favourite Dean Koontz books.