Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness) by Dean Koontz

Innocence (with bonus short story Wilderness)

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2013-12-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 547 Ratings
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes Dean Koontz’s short story “Wilderness”!

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 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.
  • Awesome

    By Alicemcinaz
    Dean Knootz you write really strange and awesome stories ever time I pick one of yours to read you never disappoint. This book is great loved the characters and the stories hope this does not happen but know it could. Keep writing we enjoy all that you do.
  • Innocence

    By SusieMac46
    I usually only read the "Odd Thomas" series by Dean Koontz which I greatly enjoy. My niece suggested that I would also like "Innocence" so I decided to try it. It is a very good book & I enjoyed it as much as the "Odd Thomas" series. It is very different than the other books, but nevertheless I found it engaging & extremely well written. The characters are believe able & the ending was quite a surprise. Try it. You'll like it.
  • Innocence

    By SuseaQ
    A good read...never judge a book by its cover!
  • Innocence

    By Rocketgirl56
    Koontz is a talented writer with an incredible imagination. However, this book was a disappointment. I found the first 80 to 90% of the book to be depressing, and the remainder to be too fanciful, contrived, and just plain weird. Sorry, Dean, but I can't recommend this one.
  • innocence

    By AnnMargaret30
    I love Dean Koontz, however, I was disappointed in this story. Very drawn out and then having a plague consume the world out of the blue, with the heroes of the story surviving because of their differences, just seems to be following a worn out script. I am hoping the next Koontz novel will be more original and page turning....