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By The Light of the Moon Book Review

Updated on August 23, 2017

Light of the Moon

Join Me and Read By the Light of the Moon

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite suspense mystery authors. I bought this book a few years ago with the intention to read it. I have read many Dean Koontz books and love the way he builds his stories with the many plot turns and twist. Why had I forgotten this book is beyond me. It has been sitting on my bookshelf, crying out for me to pick it up.

Why have I forgotten this book? Perhaps, I have been going with the excuse, "I don't have time."

Why do I want to read this book? Simple...I would like to see how this book measures up to the type of Dean Koontz books that I have read. Since I am an online junkie, it would only make sense to have some friends join me in this offline adventure.

The best part about this book club is we don't have to leave our homes and sit around drinking coffee or soda. Though that might be fun. We can sit at the beach, relax in the backyard or stretch out on lazy boy. There is no time frame involved, no other books to read (unless you have a suggestion), just people with similar interest who happen to be Dean Koontz fans or are curious about the book.

Won't you please join me in a good read with "By The Light of the Moon" by Dean Koontz?

(Mini review at the bottom.)

By the Light of the Moon (Dean Koontz)

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A Synopsis of By the Light of the Moon

Dylan O'Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He's on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious "doctor," injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee-before the doctor's enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery-and wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Shep's path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they'll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jilly's classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us—a masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.

What Others are Saying

"Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears." -USA Today

"Surefire plotting and a roster of characters built out of painful tragedies make the pages move...Koontz has a touching faith in the human spirit."-People

My Mini Review on By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon is worth the read. Out of 5 stars, I would give it 4. It was a suspenseful novel and I found that I couldn’t put it down. Though it had a conclusive ending, it was predictable and a little disappointing. The three main characters were brought together by a sinister doctor. Like most suspense novels, we find that the chain of events has been planned out and there is some kind of relationship between the evil and the good.

This is my personal opinion. What did you think of the ending? Be my guest reviewer. Send me an email and your review without giving away the story.

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Dean Koontz Novels and Movies

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© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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      8 years ago

      I think Shep is one of my favorite characters of all time. I've worked with several individuals with autism, and it was nice to see a character handled in a positive, and often truthful way. The ending was a bit abrupt to me, but I think I'll read it again, with a nice piece of cake. I don't ike shapy foods either.

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      Mark Falco 

      9 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Not one of his best but still leaps and bounds ahead of some of his newer novels in my opinion although his Frankenstein series was a fun read.

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      rewards4life info 

      9 years ago

      So I've just added a new title to my "to read" pile. I love Dean Koontz and so far have worked my way through about 15 or so but this is new to me. Thanks for the review it has helped me decide to buy it. Top marks.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I used to read a lot of Koontz and this one sounds good, too.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      10 years ago from United States

      I haven't read this one either! I will have to check it out. I always love a good book recommendation. Angel Blessed and added to my Squid Angel Mouse Tracks lens

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      11 years ago

      not my usual genre of books, and wouldn't pay full price for it, but if I saw it in a book sale or charity shop I might be moved to pick it up having read this review and give it a try. I like the way you did the paragraph headings in this lens

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      Sandy Mertens 

      11 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to Robert] It isn't one of his better books. I don't agree that it sucks. But compared to his other books, it was a bit of a let down. My mini review is at the bottom.

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      11 years ago

      This book sucks it makes no sense when he starts helping people it is the most confusing book ever but his other books are excellent an d are suspensefull. I really expected more out of the book

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      11 years ago

      I love Koontz, work but I haven't read this one. Unfortunately I have a bunch of books ahead of it.

      Thanks for sharing.


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      capriliz lm 

      11 years ago

      Dean Koontz always writes a good book. Nice job Sandy!

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      Adrienne Jenkins 

      11 years ago

      I love that the Dean Koontz picture with his dog makes him look calm and peaceful unlike the suspense and havoc that ensues in his books.

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      11 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      11 years ago

      I love suspense books!

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      11 years ago

      Great idea for a lens. I have several other books to read first, but I shall add this to my list.

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      Sniff It Out 

      11 years ago

      Dean Koonz is one of those authors that I always meant to get around to reading some of their work. This sounds quite good so I will add it to my books to read list!

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      Linda Hoxie 

      11 years ago from Idaho

      Great lens for a good book Sandy, and one awesome author. Dean Koontz is my favorite!

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      11 years ago

      This book sounds great: one minute your life is fine and the next you're infected with something that might kill you and you're being followed by people in overcoats. I guess anyone's life can change dramatically in just an instant. I'll add it to my reading list.

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      Wendy Henderson 

      11 years ago from PA

      I'll be looking forward to reading the reviews. Love the lens! :)

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      11 years ago

      Sounds like an intriguing book. Unfortunately there are too many things on my reading list right now. I hope this novel meets your expectations.

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      11 years ago

      Great review - almost as if you've already read it :) blessed by a squidangel today.

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      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      I can't wait to see what you think of this book! Let me know!

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      11 years ago

      My SIL has loaded me up with Koontz books to read, and I love to read, but my reading time is limited and usually goes to Lamour, Cussler and McDonald among a few others. Koontz is very well presented by you in this lens and you do make "By the Light of the Moon" sound enticing.

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      Nice looking lens!

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      11 years ago

      Adding this one to my list! I have so many I want to read! Great review!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      11 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love a good mystery and will sure be checking this out. Thanks for the heads up. This will be fun to follow.

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      sukkran trichy 

      11 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      heard about dean koontz but not yet read him. i'll check this one. very good presentation sandy, best of luck

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      11 years ago

      Love Dean Koontz and looking forward to giving this book a read some day. Great lens!

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      11 years ago

      Never read any of his books but I may give this one a try.

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Sounds like I ought to check this one out for sure!

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      Frankie Kangas 

      11 years ago from California

      Love his books. Haven't read this one and will definitely add it to my list for later. I have an overwhelming stack of books to-be-read right now. Bear hugs, Frankie

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      Robin S 

      11 years ago from USA

      I love Dean Koontz.

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      11 years ago

      You did a fantastic job putting this lens together! Wow, I see a lot of things that I did wrong on mine :0( Anyway, to be honest the only books I read are books on topics that I am studying at the time. If I was into suspense novels, this lens has enough information on it that would lead me to reading this book, without a doubt! Will you redo my lens? (smiles) I am joking, but you did a great job! Fav'ed, 5*

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      11 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I'm afraid I can't read suspense novels. I just can't handle the suspense. i seem to have an abnormal emotional reaction to suspense or violence, which is why I can't watch most movies. I can read John Grisham, but that's about all I can handle, and sometimes I have trouble with that.

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      Paula Atwell 

      11 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I am a Dean Koontz fan. I have read just about every one of his books, and loved at least half of them. Not really enough time to read right now either, but I will keep this one on my list. :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      11 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm actually reading three books at once right now, so I won't be able to join you on this one, I'm afraid. But I like how you did the lens. And it sounds like a book I'd eventually pick up.


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