The Taking, Dean Koontz, 2004
My favorite quote: “We’re down the hole to Wonderland, and no White Rabbit to guide us.”
If I remember correctly, the White Rabbit was an unreliable guide, anyway.”
Notable characters: Mary Sloan, the typically-insipid main character; Neil, the typically-bland husband; Virgil, the ever-present preternaturally intelligent dog
Most memorable scene: One involving creepy talking dolls …
Greatest strengths: An engaging premise
Standout achievements: It’s ability to somehow keep me reading even when I’m not sure I really like it.
What it taught me about writing: Readers are smart people. It’s okay to play your secrets close to the vest, plant your clues discreetly, and give them room to make the discoveries on their own.
Other media: It was announced in 2006 that Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Productions purchased the rights of The Taking with intentions of making it into a mini series, but so far, it hasn’t happened.
Haunt me: alistaircross.com