Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Voice of the Night by Dean Koontz

Fourteen-year old Colin is being raised by a single mother and is new to Santa Leona, California. He has never been one to easily make friends, as he has always been perceived as the nerdy kid who is more interested in science fiction books than girls. Therefore, he is surprised that one of the most popular boys in school, Roy, befriends him. In fact, not only has Roy gone out of his way to make him welcomed in town, but has also secured him a job as assistant manager of the football team for the fall season.

During the course of the summer, the boys spend their time fishing or hanging out at the local burger joint. At one point, Roy asks Colin if he has ever killed anyone before and admits that he has killed not only cats, but also humans. Roy suggests that he pushed one kid off a bridge and light another one fire. He even tries to convince Colin to help him rape and murder his neighbor while her husband is away. Of course, Colin doesn't take this admission seriously and assumes that this is a game Roy is playing to gain Colin's trust. That is, until, Roy takes it too far...

Roy takes Colin up to the old hermit's junkyard in attempt to get Colin to help him move a truck on the train tracks. Finally realizing the extent of Roy's lunacy and fearful for his own life, Colin tries to report Roy, but no one believes him, not even his own mother. With the help of a new friend, Heather, Colin must put a stop to Roy's madness before it's too late.

The Voice in the Night is another page-turner from the prolific Koontz and makes me think that kids can be just as murderous as adults. Yikes! This book also reminded me of the Macaulay Culkin movie, The Good Son. I highly recommend both the book and the movie!

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