“A scar is not always a flaw. Sometimes a scar may be redemption inscribed in the flesh, a memorial to something endured, to something lost.” ~The Good Guy
The Good Guy by Dean Koontz: 3/5 Stars
Help—or run. Timothy Carrier is an ordinary guy. He enjoys a beer after work at his friend’s tavern, the eccentric customers and amusing conversations. But tonight is no ordinary night. The jittery man sitting beside him has mistaken Tim for someone else—and passes him an envelope stuffed with cash and the photo of a pretty woman. “Ten thousand now. You get the rest when she’s gone.”
Tim Carrier always thought he knew the difference between right and wrong, good and evil. But tonight everything he thought he knew—even about himself—will be challenged. For Tim Carrier is at the center of a mystery of extraordinary proportions, the one man who can save an innocent life and stop a killer as relentless as evil incarnate. But first he must discover resources within himself of which he never dreamed, capacities that will transform his idea of who he is and what it takes to be . . .
I really enjoyed this book and you may be wondering, “then why did it get four stars and not five?” Well I would love to tell you. It just wasn’t a five-star read for me. I know I can’t be the only one where you think a book is great but you can just tell it’s not a five-star read. Not that the writing was bad or the characters were flawed…just didn’t give me the same feeling a five-star read does.
Oh! Before I go any further this will be a spoiler free review!! 🙂
Okay since thinking about it more I’ve decided to give this book three stars. I still enjoyed this book, but after thinking more about some of the characters and stuff I decided I would give it three. I definitely want to read more of his novels though! I just don’t think this one is four-stars anymore.
So, I liked the characters but let’s be honest their dialogue could be weird at some points. At first I thought maybe it’s just how they are, but honestly I don’t think anyone talks like that. To me they seem like robots at times based on the weird things they say. I mean some of what they said was funny…but I don’t know why when I imagined them saying it I imagined it being so flat, lifeless, and monotone. I liked them though, as characters. I liked Linda and I felt bad for her because she has a past, but she also has kind of a carefree attitude. Tim is alright too. He’s a nice guy who helps others and he too has a past that he doesn’t like to talk about. I honestly feel like Dean could have gone in more depth about both of them or even the two people in the beginning…yeah I don’t remember their names that’s how bad it is. They were the bar owners which they were hardly explained and obviously Tim was a regular and they knew him well.
Honestly the more I think about it the lower the rating this book gets. I guess I was just so excited about finishing it and then just thinking about it as one whole and kind of glazing over the details made it seem like a really good book. It was an okay book though. I’ll leave my rating at three stars though, because I did enjoy reading it. It was pretty creepy at times, but when you look into some things more it just doesn’t add up completely.
Anyway, the killer in this book was super weird and I really didn’t like him. You also don’t know why he does what he does, because he doesn’t remember anything from before he was 18….so he talks about being from a mirror world. That was just strange to me that he was obsessed with mirrors. He also did some really gross things and talked about gross things. I mean it helped add to his creepiness but it kind of confused me too. I mean this guy literally thinks of himself as a god but then he does things like talk about putting on women’s lingerie…like what?? I just don’t understand how this weird robot neat freak would want to put on a woman’s lingerie to a house he broke into…like if he has being messy and loves everything to be perfect then why would he want to be in someone’s sex clothes haha. Maybe it’s just to add to his weirdness? I’m not sure.
One thing I did like was that the killer, whom had a lot of fake names and confused me, was compared to a shark. I thought that suited him well. He was out for blood and he had no feelings or emotions. He just enjoyed killing…well actually I don’t know if he really enjoyed it or not since he had pretty much no emotions. Oh and I think his actual name was Krait…like I said I got confused often haha. Maybe I’m just too dumb for this book. XD I joke, I joke. 😉
I thought the writing was pretty good. I think Koontz did a good job with description. I was interested in the book and it kept me interested with his writing and it had some intense scenes. However, I never really got this feeling of suspense. I kind of felt like throughout the novel you already knew how it was going to end. So, maybe what kept me reading was that I was hoping to be surprised..or maybe it’s because I liked the writing style and the characters. I’m honestly not sure.
I’m sorry this review is such a mess but this book has left me feeling like a mess with jumbled thoughts haha. Part of me really liked this book and part of me didn’t. It’s just a love-hate relationship I guess haha.
Honestly I would only recommend this book to someone who likes Koontz or if you like thrillers. 🙂 It’s not the best read but it could be worse…however, it also is a matter of opinion. So, only you can decide. 😉
I hope y’all enjoyed this review even though it’s kind of a jumbled mess haha. Have a wonderful day!!