I agree that this novel reminds me of Watchers. But, as Koontz is smitten with golden labs in real life no surprise. So they are a recurring theme in his writing. The autistic boy in the novel has some characteristics of Koontz who also brushed his teeth so much he had to have a gum transplant. I enjoyed the book and expected it to have a connection with Watchers. Perhaps if he writes more or if this is a series.