The Eyes of Darkness by Dean Koontz

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A year after little Danny's death, his mother swore she saw him in a stranger's car...It was a mystery she could not escape. An obsession that would lead her from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the cold shadows of the High Sierras. A terrible secret seen only by...The Eyes Of Darkness.

A little generic, but even Koontz admits this in the afterword, as it being a book under one of his pseudonyms originally.

Basically Tina's son got killed when he was 12 in a scouting accident trip, and his son was too mangled for her to ever view the body. Now, a year later, she starts seeing supernatural occurrences in his room, like the writing of "not dead" appearing on the chalkboard in his room in front her eyes. She is also plagued by dreams that her son is reaching out to her for help. She begins to wonder if she is either insane or if her son is really alive somehow. Either someone is trying to drive her to madness and is doing this to torment her, or there is something supernatural going on.

The heroine was a little too pure to be completely realistic, but all characters are likeable enough. If Tina had been more realistic it could have worked better, but she is written as the stereotypical victim type for a suspense tale. She is divorced and begins a relationship with an attorney who used to work with the government with the intelligence field. She is running her first major production in a Las Vegas casino and is burdened from stress and being a work-a-holic. This all doesn't blend together well when her meltdown starts hitting. The 'bad guys' are actually more realistically written than the "good ones."

Pacing was good and I never lost interest, although the story again is a bit generic. Also would have been more interested in the powers themselves and have the book continue more from than rather than the ending we got. It is an early book for Koontz when he was finding his feet, but it's worth a read if you're a die-hard Koontz fan. For those who like a good suspense novel, however, there are much better out there

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