A Novel

eBook - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:

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
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345539656
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


From Library Staff

JCLLeslieN Jan 18, 2017

Great take on an end of the world novel, always love Koontz and his character development, fast pace, and deeper meaning.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Dec 31, 2017

What started off as a lyrical story of a boy rejected and tormented by the society, ended up in a completely mind-blowing way. Koontz took his already skilled, captivating and meaningful prose to a whole new level of *what-the-****-have-I-just-read*. This book is not what it initially seems to be. It's so much more than that. It's different from his previous novels - and, boy, you won't believe just HOW different it is! I know it will stay with me for a very long time and I will probably never be able to stop thinking about it.

JCLLeslieN Jan 18, 2017

Great take on an end of the world novel, always love Koontz and his character development, fast pace, and deeper meaning.

Aug 31, 2016

Powerful book. Deep and rich with super suspense. The ending is a knockout. A pleasure to read. I give it 5 stars.

simeonite Aug 11, 2016

I like this book it was very interesting I love how dean Koontz describe his character I loved the ending. Is a good book.

Jun 10, 2016

I love Koontz' writing, & his lyricism & wondrous metaphors imbue this book with a purity & peace that gives hope of renewal for anyone who will only read to its end (and it is not a long book). By far his best work in years, this book just "glows" at the end. It takes quite a bit to move me, but this book did. I recommend it to anyone who worries for the future of our world.

Jul 30, 2015

Years ago when I first discovered Dean Koontz, I read everything he wrote. It's been a while since I read one of his books, I think the last was the Frankenstein series. This one was hard to get through. You can imagine the scene without every blessed detail, but that's Koontz. I always have to have a dictionary handy, because he definitely gives me words I don't know.

eprn Jan 18, 2015

Beautifully written.

Dec 24, 2014

I started reading this book expecting a typical Koontz mystery/spooky story. This book was so morose and slow I had to struggle to get through the first half of the book. I didn't make it to the end. If you are expecting Koontz's typical genre, don't bother with this book. You will either love it or hate it.

Aug 04, 2014

This is my very favorite book of all of his books. The ending was surprising and so perfect that I cried. Koontz seems to be moving away from such horrific scenes and giving us hope for a better world.

Jun 28, 2014

Though I liked this book, it isn't one of the author's best. It does follow his usual theme of two people finding romance during bizarre circumstances. If you like Dean Koontz, then you will like this book. If you haven't read him before pick up "Whispers" or "Watchers" instead.

View All Comments


Add a Quote

AL_CHRISTINE Mar 25, 2017

There was hated among people, but there was also love, bitter envy but also gladness for the future of others, greed but also charity, rage but also compassion.

AL_CHRISTINE Mar 18, 2017

Everyone talks about justice, but there can be no justice where there is no truth, and these are times when truth is seldom recognized and often despised.

AL_CHRISTINE Mar 13, 2017

Loss can be an incandescent terror equal to any flame.

AL_CHRISTINE Mar 06, 2017

The fallow soil of loneliness is fertile ground for self-deception.

AL_CHRISTINE Feb 27, 2017

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.

Jul 05, 2016

“Doubt is poison. It leads to a loss of faith in yourself, and in all that’s good and true.”

Jul 05, 2016

"Everyone talks about justice, but there can be no justice where there is no truth, and these are times when truth is seldom recognized and often despised.”


Add Age Suitability

Jun 28, 2014

readsalot80 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


Add a Summary

Jul 19, 2014

He lives underground with his face hidden. She lives with wealth but also hidden as she can't be touched. They meet in the library after hours as they both know hidden entries. She is running from a man who wants her. He is just trying to survive. They join forces and while helping each other fall in love.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at My Library

To Top