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Review: Devoted by Dean Koontz

A nice, solid cover that represents the book’s content well.


Woody Bookman hasn’t spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother, Megan, tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil was behind his father’s death and now threatens him and his mother. And he’s not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening.

A uniquely gifted dog with a heart as golden as his breed, Kipp is devoted beyond reason to people. When he hears the boy who communicates like he does, without speaking, Kipp knows he needs to find him before it’s too late.

Woody’s fearful suspicions are taking shape. A man driven by a malicious evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he’s coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he’s not alone. Only a force greater than evil can stop what’s coming next.

Ah, it’s been a while since I have indulged in a Dean Koontz book and this title Devoted does deliver as expected with light and refreshing writing that is an ease to read and follow along with. With not-too-much goings on during the pages we are left with a solid story about Woody, a highly-functioning autistic 11 year old boy that is ( mostly ) mute, but very smart for his age and ends up getting wrapped up in the story line by means of hacking computers in order to find answers about his father’s death. He knows there is more than meets the eye and the answers are out there.

Kipp, the dog is special and communicates telepathically through the wire. Him and a group of dogs are apart of the Mysterium. Because of Woody’s condition, he also communicates through the medium. The looming dark presence in the book centers around a corporation and a an ex-CEO is preying on Woody and his mother and the book also explores some of Woody’s coping mechanisms for his condition which was like icing on the cake here.

Woody’s mother Megan will do anything to protect him including calling the local police in to help and it shows in these some odd 300 pages which were well worth the read. I give Devoted by Koontz a solid ★★★★☆ four stars out of five.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

10 replies on “Review: Devoted by Dean Koontz”

I read this. It was good. I was glad you enjoyed it too. Like most Koontz, I felt it had some really horrifying horror moments, but those were outnumbered by the moments with heart.

I must be numb or something to the horror because I didn’t see it that way at all, even though if some of those things happened to me IRL I would honestly at least be a little scared. Horror to me is funny a lot of times, but that’s just in an entertainment sense, not in a IRL sense. Glad you enjoyed Ms. Mugrage and how is that second book for you panning out?

For the horror, I am mostly thinking of the condition the villain is in right at the end. The insectile clicks and the cobwebby stuff really freaked me out. The other thing that freaks me out is the conditions inside his mind earlier in the story. His thoughts about the lady and what he plans to do with her.

Thanks for asking. My second book is available online. I can also send you an ARC if you’re interested. I just finished drafting the third one and am reading it over.

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