Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness) - Dean Koontz

Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness)

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2013-12-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 769 Ratings)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Dean Koontz’s short story “Wilderness”!

This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.

In Innocence, Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with readers forever.

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.

She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

Praise for Innocence

“A thriller that’s both chilling and fulfilling.”People (four stars)

“Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted descriptions. . . . An optimistic and unexpected conclusion [mirrors] his theme. Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy.”Kirkus Reviews

“Mystery and terror, the paranormal and romance—all combine to make Innocence a challenging and emotional experience.”New York Journal of Books
“This novel really is something special. . . . This may just be the book Dean Koontz was born to write.”Thriller Books Journal

“Entrancing . . . as speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz . . . has ever constructed. Written in Koontz’ late mellifluent and reflective manner . . . [Innocence is] fueled by deep disgust with the world’s evils [and] hope for redemption.”Booklist (starred review)
“[An] imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz . . . This is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while.”Publishers Weekly
“Masterful storyteller Koontz delivers perhaps his most eerie and unusual tale to date. The timeline in this amazing story is compact, and readers will be swept along as they try to unravel hints and clues as to the true nature of both the protagonists and the unfolding drama. Unpredictably spine-chilling and terrifying, this is a story readers won’t soon forget.”RT Book Reviews
“Elegant . . . Fans of Koontz’s previous series will be left hoping that Addison and Gwyneth, too, will return.”Library Journal


  • Innocence

    By Not So Good..yuck
    Again, a great story.
  • If I could give this book 10 stars, I would.

    By bibiasmom
    This was my first Koontz novel. It was amazing. Masterfully written, it sucked me right in and kept me turning the pages until the end. I loved the characters, the way the author made me feel, the way he allowed me to experience this world (which is a true feat since it's not all rainbows and sunshine, but far darker than what I normally go for). I had always thought Koontz wrote horror (a genre I avoid) so I was cautious at first. But this is not horror, not really, for it delivers an inspiring message and a truly satisfying ending that will make you put this book in your "read again" pile AND make you agonize over which one of his works to read next.
  • #1

    By Leerose18
    Best Book I’ve ever read!
  • Boring, tedious read.

    By jamar530
    Not one of his better books, IMO. Leaves the reader with too many questions and no answers. The story plods on, bogging down in tedious descriptions and details that add nothing of importance to the story. Then right out of the blue, a plague destroys all mankind except the few innocent pure characters. Animals aren’t affected by the plague, but in its aftermath they all become herbivores, ceasing to hunt and kill other animals for food. Really? Seems like the story just fizzed out with nowhere to go.
  • Innocence

    By Spaghetti & Meatballs
    I have long been a true fan of Dean Koontz. He has an unusual way of writing and I had forgotten this fact when I began this novel. It begins slow and I was questioning why I couldn’t get into this particular story. Of course, there was a reason, Dean Koontz was setting the stage. Everything was intertwined with an eventual connection. I ended up loving the story.
  • Innocence

    By wallstreet wager
    Loved it, really loved it.
  • Innocence

    By Sydmaxx
    Possibly his best, most inspiring work.
  • A decent book, but not my favorite from Koontz

    By Kackster
    There was so much about this book that I loved...such as his amazing story telling ability and character development. He pulls you into the story and you don't want to put it down. But he sometimes gets so bogged down in the details that it starts to lose the readers attention. I was also frustrated that he never really described Addison's appearance - and what little understanding you get doesn't happen until near the end of the book! Lastly, the ending felt rushed and incomplete. So many questions were left unanswered, in my opinion.
  • Innocence

    By Volks49
    This was one of the most beautiful books I have read. Completely captivating it moves you.
  • Boring

    By Tigman 83
    On second thought, ultra boring.