Tick Tock by Dean KoontzParanormal Romantic Horror Thriller
Fortunately, this wasn't my first Dean Koontz book. If it were, it would be my first...and my last. Normally, I can count on Koontz to provide me with a chilling story, a taut plot, and unforgettable characters. Now, I just want to forget this whole thing.
By his own admission in the introduction, Koontz wanted to do something different with this book. He sought to meld together a variety of genres and write a light-hearted, romantic, horror story. If that sounds a bit strange, that's the perfect explanation of this book. Just strange.
Tommy Phan is a first-generation American, trying desperately to forget his Vietnamese heritage. He buys a Corvette and goes home to find a doll on his porch. The doll turns out to be a demon that tries to kill him. He tries to escape, wrecks his Corvette, and is rescued by a waitress with paranormal powers.
A bizarre plot sequence. The mix in genres was unsettling to me and the book never really got any better than just "okay". Because I know what a master Koontz is, I'll have to research better and not read any more of his literary experiments. "Tick Tock", for me, meant watching the clock drag by as I tried to finish this story.