Book Review : Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz

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A search for life’s purpose ….

A Disturbing tale of childhood psychological torment and modern-day conspiracy

What if a grim memory you’ve long-time forgotten from childhood continually hunts you as nightmares?

And what if the person you’ve come to see as a new source of hope ends up dragging you back to a deep pit of a dangerous conspiracy that may just cost your life?

Dark Rivers of the Heart is a riveting tale of a someone who has been seeking for his life’s purpose. The way on how it draws out human fear, an essential aspect of any thriller story, is smoothly delivered just as how well it encouraged me to explore the complexity of human psyche.

Not that I’m doing good progress on such matter.

It’s a story that showed the clash of idealism and realism beyond the realms of debate and discussion. Spencer Grant who was a hopeful, practical man VS Roy Miro who was a visionary that lived and breathed for his pursuit of a perfect human society.

They were opposing forces of the story who were not entirely the direct opposite of each other. Their lives were both kindled by something intangible. Spencer and his seek for true life’s meaning and Roy for his ideal world where everyone is equal.

When ‘past’ continually haunts the ‘present.’

We live in a fast-paced environment, fueled by technological innovation and inspired by the ideals of building a better future for our children. Given all these speed, we see why it’s easy to move on, live in the present, and leave behind the past like how it’s meant to be.

Dark Rivers of the Heart shows something else. While Spencer Grant’s character portrays hope, I think he’s become more memorable because of the memories that kept on hunting him over the years. Same memories that had been a core factor in the story’s mystery.

Reading this story brought one reality in front seat – that while past needs to be in the past, moving on from any of it requires acceptance, something that can take time and courage especially in the absence of social support.

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