I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the genre and does not have a heart condition...the suspense at some points is almost unbearable. The reader, Kate Burton, did an amazing job and truly added to the ride that Koontz takes us on.
Just when you are certain you've got the next move figured out....you don't. I found myself audibly gasping more than once throughout the book.
Edgler Vess was easily my favorite character. As we get to know him, he only gets more mysterious, more complex, and more difficult to figure out.
The book does start off somewhat slowly. But if you know Dean Koontz you know that he tends to be heavy on descriptions. But when the book takes off....and it takes off rather quickly....it doesn't stop until the end. So many "hold your breath" moments, so many "oh my gosh" moments....so many twists and turns.
The first time I listened to this book was on cassette tape. I had a production job at the time. I found myself working on auto pilot and had to pause the book to go back and check my work. Well worth the time to read or listen to on audio. Narrator has the perfect voice for this book. Would highly recommend.
Absolutely. Not only have I given copies of this as gifts. I have had friends listen to it on road trips and I personally have listened to it (and read it) enough to know many of the lines.
Vess is mesmerizing.
She is good. And normally I do not like women trying to portray male characters, but she is calm and does not try to force it, yet she delivers one of the best male villains I have known.
There was a made-for-tv mini series of this book. A masterful adaptation of the book. John C McGinnis IS Edgeler Vess. So Good. They added un-needed characters and some plot items... as usual for no apparent reason, and they changed the final scene, the grand clash of good and evil. It is too bad, because the book version would have been easy to film and it was better than the crap they came up with. But overall, as book adaptations go, it was abridged well and the story is quite true to the book's story. And the visuals are EXACTLY as I saw them in my head when I read this and when I hear the story.
But that wasn't the important facet of the story...I think that the author's excellence was in the physiological description described...the well developed persona of both the villain and the hero...
teacher & book lover
This book is told from the point of views of both a victim and a serial killer. It is edge of your seat and really terrifying.