Intensity Review
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Chyna Shepherd has struggled her whole life to remain “untouched and alive.” As a child, she traveled from place to place with her mother, living anywhere that would take them with people who weren’t exactly role models. She often buried herself in piles of hay or squeezed under beds to hide from threats and drug deals and guys who looked at her in a way she didn’t understand. Now, at 26, she’s trying to move on with her life. She’s put herself through college, and she’s headed toward a master’s in psychology. She’s even managed to find her first real friend, Laura.

While visiting Laura’s family in the Napa Valley, though, Chyna finds herself once again hiding under the bed. It begins with a muffled scream and heavy footsteps in the hall—and as Chyna hides under the bed, an intruder kills the entire family. Though Chyna tries to save Laura, she doesn’t get there in time.

Out of anger and confusion, Chyna secretly boards the intruder’s motor home and travels with him to a gas station. Just as she’s about to escape, the intruder kills the gas station attendants—but not before he tells them about the beautiful young girl he’s got locked in his basement. Determined to save this trapped young girl who reminds Chyna so much of herself, Chyna decides to follow the intruder and rescue her younger self…

Of all the books I’ve read, Intensity is one of the most horrifying—because it’s horrifyingly real. There’s nothing especially supernatural about it, as there often is in Koontz’s books. Instead, it’s real-life horror. The characters seem to step off the page—and you can’t help but sit on the edge of your seat and keep turning pages, hoping along with Chyna that everything works out in the end.

This book kept me awake at night. It made me jump at those normal little noises that houses make. And as I read, I couldn’t keep my heart from racing. The title couldn’t be more accurate—this book is intense!

Intensity is like the Demon Drop in an amusement park full of kiddie rides. It’s like eating a bucket of the hottest Buffalo wings on the menu. It’s an experience that you’ll never forget. Pick up a copy—if you think you can handle it.

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