It’s a Mystery: Breathless, by Dean Koontz

BreathlessBreathless by Dean Koontz

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Breathless is a quirky sort of novel, a blend of genres and not easy to define. It has a basic theme, that of light versus darkness, good versus evil. The plot centers upon the discovery of a pair of intelligent animals heretofore unknown to science. There is a collection of characters and subplots, including a murder, a serial killer stalking his victim, an ostensible haunting, and governmental malfeasance. Each of the many characters is burdened with a sense of despair,but it is difficult to feel drawn to any of them. As the various plot lines play out, miracles of a sort occur, all of which seem to be linked to the strange new animals. The theory of evolution comes under fire, and although creationism does not rear its head, the mystery surrounding their appearance is left unresolved.

Breathless raises some interesting questions. But readers who like their stories wrapped up neatly at the end will likely become frustrated with this one.

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