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Life Expectancy: 05/03/09
Jimmy Tock is born on the day of his grandfather's death. Before dying grandpa Tock made predictions about five dates in Jimmy's future. Jimmy's life is forever shaped by those predictions and Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz tracks how they play out.
Jimmy Tock the first person narrator is a chatty fellow. If he were real, he'd be one of those annoying sorts who loves to hear himself talk. Combine his "humorous" asides with the fact that the prophecies all involve a clown seeking revenge and the book flounders.
So maybe Life Expectancy has a twist at the end. No, not really. Any time you have simultaneous births at the start of a story it's only for one reason. And yeah, Koontz goes for the cliché.
While I've never considered myself a Dean Koontz fan, I have enjoyed the books I've read. I can't say that any longer.