Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff....
Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad....
For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again....
Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms, everywhere and nowhere....
Disturbing shadows move along walls but have no source....
Images on security monitors show strange places that exist nowhere in the building or its grounds....
A young boy talks of an imaginary playmate - who turns out to be terrifyingly real....
A figure like a man but clearly inhuman is glimpsed in the courtyard gardens at night and in other locales, perhaps a hoaxer of some kind, seemingly oblivious of those who see it - until it suddenly takes an interest in one of them....
©2011 Dean Koontz (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Yes, but then I like everything Dean Koontz does. Most his books have such twists I can't figure them out, until near the end, if then.
Yes, the twists and turns kept me coming back for more, even after I had to put it down for a while
No really favorite, liked it all.
Yes, but was unable, not enough time.
I could not finish it! The last few books of his....have been awful. I used to love his books....not anymore. I wish he would return to his old writing style. I loved False Memory, Chris Snow books, and even Strangers.
I don't like the way he writes the children roles.
I was disappointed. I usually rave about Dean Koontz but this book didn’t “do it” for me. It was okay. It’s worth listening to as long as you don’t have the expectation that it will be as good as some of Koontz’s previous books.
after listening for an hour I knew I made a mistake with this one...forced myself to finish part one and i couldnt tell you anything that happened...dont make the same mistake and waste your credit on this one
I have been a fan since his first book. Twilight Eyes in particular is excellent and I am pleased it is now on Audible. This book is so bad I find it hard to believe a writer of his calibre would risk his reputation ... Dean, do you have no shame ... do you need a buck. Boringly simular to many plotlines of haunted homes and houses, not an original concept in it.
A better story. It was all over the place.
Yes, I've loved previous books.
Avid reader and amateur writer.
I have been reading Koontz books since he began writing them. Even back to his previous pen names and I don't remember a worse book! There are too many characters, so I didn't relate to any of them. Too much gore, just for the sake of gore, that didn't add to the story.
I have idolized Dean Koontz for his writing prowess, but maybe he's written too many now and just getting lazy or just running out of ideas. Do read his other books, especially the Odd Thomas ones if this was your first. He really is a terrific author.
Fewer characters. Develop one or two main characters so that the reader cares what happens to them. Use the monster element less so that it is an effective shock or surprise to the reader.
Maybe he is why this book was so bad. No soul to the book at all.
About half the book. It was twice too long. In fact I skipped about five hours toward the end and just listened to the end. I thought I might have to go back and listen to see what happened, but it wasn't necessary! That alone should tell about the lack of interesting story line.
Yes, narration adds depth to a novel that cannot be gained from the printed word alone. The only prerequisite is a good narrator. This novel has excellent narration.
Winnie Trayhern (SP?) He is an 8 year old skinny introvert who loves to read and who wants to be a hero. The writer does a beautiful job of drawing him.
Peter Berkrot is an excellent narrator. He did an equally good job on each performance.
Yes, and I have.
Since reading this book the first time in 2011, I have returned to it many times. It is a perfect novel in my opinion. It has a haunted mansion, adventure, great characters, and scares and thrills a plenty!
I don't know what happened to the Dean Koontz I've known and loved but this book was boring.
Picked up the pace
Idk who's fault it was but it was boring
An editor with guts to cut and completely retool. One of the worst I have read by a mainstream, respected writer. This is a real shame as it starts out with promise. For the first few chapters you think you are finally going to read a good, chilling horror story about the residents of a high rise apartment block. To begin with, the characters are introduced in a way that you start to know and care for them and time is taken to set up a real spooky atmosphere that slowly builds. Then, after a lot of padding, we descend into the sci-fi and fantasy category and it's a real mess. Here, yet another horror writer fights against the fact he does write horror and tries to mix one terrible cliché of bubbling, spewing, mutated creatures from one silly genre into the next. The story, all told over the period of a few hours, is one
Performance was fine and only inhibited by the material he had to read.
85% of them. Character development comes to a full stop as more and more people are introduced all the way through, leading to a melting pot of one dimensional bores. Some live, some die, you won't care.
This book could've been amazing, instead it's just another one of those promising chilling stories that turns out to be government conspiracy/ alien invasion, etc (that's an example, no spoiler there). Dean ties up the ending in a pretty bow, telling you from a mile off what he is about to do so as to kill any suspense you may be bothered to have left. This book, like his last, shows signs of lesser horror writers like John Saul than it does Koontz or King, and is another reason why people dismiss the horror genre as pulp.
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