Kinda surprising I would get into a DNF book right away, but this was on top of my “to be reviewed” pile so here we are.
Watchers by Dean Koontz – it’s a classic suspense novel that so many have read and loved. In fact it has 4.17 rating on Goodreads. My dear friend Paulette insisted I read it, that I would love it. It’s right up my alley; mystery, crime, a very cute dog, some romance thrown in. It’s one of her all-time favorites.
However, even when all the ingredients are right, sometimes the meal still doesn’t set well on the palette. I got a little over halfway through the book and decided to call it a day. The characters were likeable enough; I loved Einstein so much and Nora’s evolution from agoraphobic to a woman owning her voice was great. Travis was a delight!
But the experiments, how Einstein came to be, the hunt for the Outsider and the eventual hunt for Einstein was too much for me. I could not get past my anxiety and major discomfort over the danger these animals were placed in, the things that happened to them, the experiments.
I’m what my husband calls “ridiculous”. I can read about crime and murder, fiction and non-fiction, all day long and be happy as a clam. The darker the better. But if there is a whiff of a chance that a dog might be hurt in some way, even if it’s a tiny way, I’m out. Can’t do it. My anxiety and desire to protect the poor animal takes over and I can’t breathe. Welcome to my experience trying to force myself through Watchers.
You know what though? Life is just too short and real life is too hard to have those feelings while reading for pleasure. I mean, this is the beauty of books; making you feel. And trust me, my therapist and I are working on me feeling my feelings, but not with animals. Nope. Not gonna happen.
So Watchers remains on my DNF list. Some parts were great, but the concern I felt for the animals in the book outweighed the delight they brought to the pages of the story. Oh well – I’ll just have to take my friend’s (and the 106,897 four and five star reviewers on Goodreads) word for it that it’s amazing!