Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 5 Critic Reviews



BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy—a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between.

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.

What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomal of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance.

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

About Dean Koontz

See more books from this Author
Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.
Published June 15, 2007 by Bantam. 498 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Life Expectancy

The New York Times

See more reviews from this publication

With likable and offbeat characters and a skillfully constructed plot, Dean Koontz's new novel offers a clear illustration of what he does right.

Dec 06 2004 | Read Full Review of Life Expectancy


Before Grandfather Tock’s clock ran out he told his son that Jimmy would have five dark and terrible days in his life.

Jan 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Life Expectancy

Book Reporter

I think that the title of Dean Koontz's latest novel, LIFE.

Dec 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Life Expectancy

AV Club

See more reviews from this publication

Koontz's claim to fame has been a seemingly endless series of mysterious haunts and frightened suburbanites, but he reveals a shocking gift for quirky poignancy in Life Expectancy, the story of five terrible days in the life of Jimmy Tock.

Jan 24 2005 | Read Full Review of Life Expectancy

Bookmarks Magazine

When Jimmy Tock enters the world on August 9, 1974 (the day that Nixon resigns), his grandfather rises from his deathbed and predicts (along with his grandson’s correct height, weight, and a body deformity) that Jimmy will experience five terrible days in his first 30 years.

Jan 19 2008 | Read Full Review of Life Expectancy

Reader Rating for Life Expectancy

An aggregated and normalized score based on 538 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review