This one had my undivided attention from page one, though some of the scenes with the child were very hard to get through. I love Dean Koontz's imagination though even if sometimes it makes me cringe for the character's sake (I'm always especially affected when it's a tough situation involving children or animals). But, as in real life, the victims of abuse and crime are often the most innocent and defenseless among us. But unlike in real life, Koontz's victims usually get an ass-kicking defense tool to use, even if using it is at a heavy cost to themselves. That's much more than you'd get in the real world.