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Books Read in 2014: LIGHTNING by Dean Koontz

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lightning by Dean Koontz
Audiobook narrated by Christopher Lane

LightningBook Blurb:
A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere – the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.

Years later – after another bolt of lightning – the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

My Review:

Story: 4.5 stars
Narrator: 3.5 stars

      Goodreads bookshelves: books-read-in-2014, mystery, time-travel, sci-fi
      Read from February 25 to March 05, 2014

It goes a long way to ward explaining the strength of this story that even with a mediocre narrator, I found myself making any excuse I could come up with to listen, I was so enthralled with the story.

I’m sure I must have read the blurb for the story at one point; otherwise, I wouldn’t have known it was a time-travel story in order to add it to my 2014 Genre Challenge list. But by the time I downloaded the audiobook and started listening to it, I really had no memory of what the story was about.

And I’m really glad that was the case. I’m so accustomed to reading romance novels, that I always go into the story “knowing” what’s going to happen. One of the reasons I’m challenging myself to read a bunch of books outside of my comfort genre is to break out of this—to read stories in which I don’t automatically know what’s going to happen, or, at least, can predict what’s going to happen. I’d forgotten just how enthralling the not-knowing is when it comes to reading a book.

Laura Shane’s life was meant to be tragic. That’s the storyline fate had written for her. But then a stranger, a man whose appearance is like that of an angel, intervenes. Not once, not twice, but multiple times. Laura isn’t sure who he is or what his role in her life signifies. She only knows that her Guardian has saved her from tragedy time and again—but not always.

I don’t want to get too much into the whys and wherefores of the story, because this is one in which the explanation of who the time travelers are and when and where they come from is best left unspoiled. Suffice it to say that the explanation of the time travel worked for me (for the most part—I still had a question or two about potential paradoxes that could arise by someone time-traveling within his/her own lifespan). I loved the characters, and while there were times when I wished the POV would have been deeper and not so much just surface-level stuff (and there were a few situations that were somewhat glossed over and never explained—situations that would have had major consequences for Laura—like when she ran away from the second group home to check on Ruth and Thelma after the fire), the momentum of the book didn’t give me much time to feel like I’d lost anything.

This was a very fun read, and I’m really surprised it’s never been made into a movie—it has all the cinematic elements one could hope for.


My rating matrix:
5 STARS = one of the best I’ve ever read
4 STARS = a great read, highly recommended
3 STARS = it was okay/not a favorite
2 STARS = I didn’t enjoy it all that much, not recommended
1 STAR/DNF = I hated it and/or Did Not Finish it

One Comment
  1. Friday, March 21, 2014 6:01 am

    I have been waiting decades for someone to make a movie of this book.


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