The Funhouse

The Funhouse by Dean Koontz

So here is another book from my Dean Koontz phase.

We all had one!

So Koontz wrote the screenplay for the movie The Funhouse, but they changed it from what wrote and he really didn’t like the changes.

That’s not what I wrote!

Later he wrote a novel based on the original screenplay, his original ideas, this book.

1955

Ellen Straker was raised in a strict Catholic home and ran away with a carnie, Conrad, to get away.

But life was worse with Conrad. He’s abusive, cruel, rude, etc. And to make things even more awful-she gave birth to a thing. A monster. A clawed, inhuman, and strange evil creature.

Ellen gets drunk  one night and works up the courage to destroy the thing. She goes to smother him, and he attacks her-cutting her hand up.

But she ultimately does the deed. Ellen takes off while Conrad pledges his revenge on her and her future children.

1980

So years have passed and Ellen remarried and had two kids -Amy and Joey.

Like her mother, Ellen has become a fanatic-even more so than her own mother. And just like her mother, her daughter can’t stand how her mother acts and how confining she is.

Amy also is hating on her boyfriend-Jerry. Mostly she is upset because of her hormones. Yep, it turns out she is pregnant.

Jerry dumps her, telling her that it is her problem, and he’s probably not even the father. What a major jerk!

But that’s the least of her problems. The carnival is back in town and Conrad is looking for her. He’ been looking for years and ready to get his revenge to murder Ellen’s children.

He uses a gift of free tickets to Amy and Joey. The two  go with their friends to the carnival and take a trip to the funhouse..of death.

Thoughts After Reading:

So it was not a book I’d find myself reading over and over again. It wasn’t as good as his later works, but that’s to be expected as it is from his earlier writing years. I felt kinda meh-didn’t hate it and didn’t love it.

Meh…

For more by Dean Koontz, go to The Key to Midnight

For more not in a series mysteries, go to We’ll Meet Again

The Key to Midnight

The Key to Midnight by Dean Koontz

Thoughts Before Reading:

I had a Dean Koontz phase. I read almost all his books until I had burnout and moved on to something else. It all started at a book sale:

And this book was one I really enjoyed.

Plot Synopsis

Johanna Rand is an American singer who has lived in Japan about ten years. She loves living in Japan and her job at the Moonglow Lounge.

The only thing she doesn’t love, she constantly has these nightmares about a man with steel fingers and a hypodermic needle-violating and assaulting her. She would wake up and feel as if it just happened.

Alex Hunter, private investigator, is vacationing in Japan. He sees Johanna and is struck by her beauty and voice. She looks so familiar, but when they talk-there is no recognition. He spends a wonderful time and the two fall for each other-hard.

The next day, Alex is getting ready when it hits him! He knows where he knows her from-she’s Lisa Chelgrin.

He is sure she is Lisa and questions her on their date. Everything matches up that it could be the same girl, but he doesn’t want to scare her off or frighten her as he waits until he has proof as to who she is.

I’ve got to play this cool.

The two spend time together and he begins to wake up the memories so long hidden. But what they uncover is a deeper, darker, secret than either had imagined!

Oh no!

Thoughts After Reading:

So this one I thought was really good. It was pretty heavy on the romance, but otherwise kept you guessing. I never saw that ending coming!

For more missing children, go to Candy from a Stranger

For more books from a library book sale, go to Real Murders

For more books with private investigators, go to Lowcountry Bombshell

For more books not in a series, go to An Unwanted Guest