Strangers by Dean Koontz, 1986, 689 pages
The characters in this book were from different places, backgrounds, education and really had nothing in common except an unexplained debilitating sense of fear.
Among the main characters were a catholic priest, a writer, a cardivascular surgeon, motel owner and thief. It was a very long book but the suspense kept building throughout and it was eerie how they were all drawn to a little motel in the middle of the desert. If you enjoy sci-fi, you would really enjoy this book.
My favourite character was Ginger, the young Jewish surgeon who goes into a fugue state whenever something reminds her subconscious of the night her memory was erased. Also loved Jorja, the Vegas waitress whose daughter is obsessed with the moon. Once again, Koontz's female characters show strength and resilience. For the men, there's Dom, the writer, who suffers from somnambulism (sleep walking) and finds himself in odd locations when he wakes up, like the closet. Jack is the thief who you really feel bad for when he has to say goodbye to his wife who has been in a coma for many years. All of the characters are well written and fleshed out.
It may take awhile to get through the book but it is well worth the time.
Rating 4 out of 5