The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz – Book Review

The Bad Weather Friend by Dean Koontz – Book Review

the bad weather friend by dean koontz

The Bad Weather Friend

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Benny is so nice they feel compelled to destroy him, but he has a friend who should scare the hell out of them in this breathtaking new kind of thriller by #1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz.

Benny Catspaw’s perpetually sunny disposition is tested when he loses his job, his reputation, his fiancée, and his favorite chair. He’s not paranoid. Someone is out to get him. He just doesn’t know who or why. Then Benny receives an inheritance from an uncle he’s never heard of: a giant crate and a video message. All will be well in time.

How strange—though it’s a blessing, his uncle promises. Stranger yet is what’s inside the crate. He’s a seven-foot-tall self-described “bad weather friend” named Spike whose mission is to help people who are just too good for this world. Spike will take care of it. He’ll find Benny’s enemies. He’ll deal with them. This might be satisfying if Spike wasn’t such a menacing presence with terrifying techniques of intimidation.

In the company of Spike and a fascinated young waitress-cum-PI-in-training named Harper, Benny plunges into a perilous high-speed adventure, the likes of which never would have crossed the mind of a decent guy like him.

Review by Stacey

The Bad Weather Friend is the first book I have read by esteemed author Dean Koontz. Prior to this, I had his work down as predominantly horror, a genre that I typically don’t read, however, after reading this book I will be checking out his extensive back catalogue, as well as his forthcoming works.

The synopsis has this book sounding quite unusual (it is), and a hardboiled thriller (it isn’t). The Bad Weather Friend unfolds as a captivating blend of fantasy and paranormal interwoven with plenty of humour and sarcasm.

The storyline focuses on twenty-three-year-old Benny Catspaw who is going through a series of unfortunate events such as he has just been fired from his realtor job for no reason, then his girlfriend dumps him and he is sure someone is out to get him. He receives Spike in the post who is a Craggle, a bad weather friend, who has been sent to Benny to help him fight his evil spirits.

Avid readers of my reviews will know I love weird books. I like novels that don’t follow the norm and are quite wacky so this book enthralled me from the start. The chapters are short and are cleverly titled. The plot moves at a decent consistent pace and there are plenty of flashbacks to when Benny was younger. I also found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion.

If you like strange stories that will give you a giggle and have you wondering what on earth you are reading then The Bad Weather Friend is definitely the book to pick up.

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Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz

Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Ray Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human.

Dean, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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