Velocity is a book written by Dean Koontz. The hardcover was released in June 2005; the mass market edition (domestic) was released in March 2006.
Plot Summary (written by Koontz)
If you don't take this note to the police… I will kill a lovely blonde school teacher.... I will kill an elderly woman active in charity work. You have six hours to decide. The choice is yours.
This typewritten note under his windshield seems like just a sick joke. But in less than 24 hours, Billy Wiles, an ordinary, hardworking guy, is about to see his life take on the speed of a nightmare.
Because a young blonde school teacher is murdered - and now Billy has another note.
And another deadline.
This time he knows it's no joke. He's racing a killer faster than evil itself. And Billy must accept his terrifying challenge: The choice is yours.
The initial storyline the reader perceives is not the true line the book follows. Rather, it is what keeps the reader reading until the end where the true plot shows itself.
Until the end though, the book follows a semi-fast paced road wrought with drama bumps and other obstacles. Keeping to his fashion, Koontz draws out his characters masterfully, making them all endearing.
A crazy killer is sending these sometimes cryptic notes to Billy which forces upon him a choice. It's very unique, the notes change, the pivots in the storyline happen with each note.
Billy's life is already in shambles, his fiancée is in a coma, and he is finding that he can turn to nobody for help, he walled himself in.
In less than one week, six lives are taken, four on the shoulders of Billy, and two caused by Billy.
A psychopathic murderer takes for his amusement, Billy's life and changes it to his will. Until the end, when Billy finds out it was all just a test. And he indeed, is worthy.
Presentation / Atmosphere
The book seems to be giving you all the answers, but when you look again, you find the answers to be wrong.
The atmosphere of the story is very tense, but very lighthearted. Slow moving but fast. An oxymoron upon itself.
With all the characters being so vague, there are many questions raised as to the identity of the killer. Just by how they were written, you suspect everyone, except who the killer truly is.
Melancholy seems to abound in this book, melancholy and hope. Hope is another compound in the glue that holds this book together. Expertly fused, the two emotions make the presentation seem boring and riveting at the same time.
Velocity is a book that will entertain most readers, but still leave some Koontz fans wondering. While the story a nice, it isn’t quite as good as other books by Koontz.
Stunning characters etch this book as a gem, the sheer realness of the entire book make it appealing.
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing.