His name is Edgler Foreman Vess. He likes to make words with the letters from his name--GOD, DEMON, SAVE, RAGE, ANGER, FEAR, FOREVER, are just a few of them--and then makes sentences with the words. One of his favorites, GOD FEARS ME, is sometimes the last thing he whispers to his victims. Edgler Vess is a self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer": On this night, his adventure--murdering everyone in the house--becomes Chyna's long nightmare.
Trapped in Vess's deadly orbit, Chyna thinks only of getting out alive. But when she inadvertently learns the identity of Vess's intended next victim, waiting for him far from Napa Valley, Chyna is gripped with concern for this other person, who is as innocent as Chyna, and as endangered. Driven now by a sense of responsibility for another, by a purpose and meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna rises to unexpected heights of courage and daring--her only hope as the threat of Edgler Foreman Vess closes in and grows more horrifying moment by moment.
Intensity unfolds over the course of just twenty-four hours, but within that brief time frame, Dean Koontz gives us what is perhaps his most inventive, emotionally intricate, and terrifyingly suspenseful novel yet." -Goodreads.com
At the beginning of this book, I had my doubts. The main character, Chyna, seemed whiny and not likable at all. As the book progressed, it became clear that this was part of a well devised plan for character growth. Vess, though, as horrible as he was, was an amazing character. His way of thinking and living with "intensity" was so foreign it was fascinating.
I found myself thinking that Chyna would fall for her captor or something, but that definitely wasn't the case. The twists and turns, not to mention the pure terror in this book kept me enthralled. It was just superb. If you like horror novels, I would highly recommend this book.