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.
I have so enjoyed novels by Dean Koontz over the years. Many of his novels are brillant, touching,inspirational and enteraining. For me, this one was, well, just terrible. Very choppy and it comes across like the plot is trying too hard. I had to stop listening to the story. I am still a big fan but this one just did not work for me.
I keep coming back with great excitement to each Dean Koontz book. This one was hyped so much and made me think it would take me back to the good ol' days of Mr. Koontz. I was sadly mistaken. I had a hard time finishing the novel. It did not draw me in and the narrator was in my mind (ears) irritating. I am going to wait for others to read (listen) to future Koontz books before I buy them. Very dissapointing.
I had a hard time getting into this one. I've read most of his works, but the last couple of books I quit reading half way through.
Performance was decent, but the story was lacking.
No, didn't finish this one and would not buy a follow-up.
I really don't know who this book would be for, maybe hardcore Koontz fans. I generally like Koontz, but I couldn't get into it.
Yes, the narration seemed as slow as the book. I tried several times to start again, pick back up, just couldn't do it.
I love Dean Koontz. I truly enjoy his protagonists. This might be a better read, but as a listen if found it meandering. I had trouble keeping up with the characters and for the most part, never really attached them. The performance was good if not perfunctory.
I have always been a Koontz fan but this one was hard to follow
Too many characters, there wasn't any time to develop a connection to any of them
I have always enjoyed Koontz but this one was hard to follow, couldn't connect to the characters. The only part of the book I enjoyed was toward the end, however, the ending was anti-climatic and I was disappointed.
I'm a Dean Koontz fan, but I gotta say this is not one of my favorites. Although performed very well, this may be one of those books better read then listened to. There were so many characters and players in the story I could not get invested in any one of them. Plot line was a bit all over the place too. Found myself skipping ahead and realizing I didnt really miss anything. Very dark. Sorry Dean, I look forward to your next book that hopefully has a strong hero and a brave dog.
Not my favorite Koontz novel. I hate to say anything bad about one of my most favorite authors but this story seemed a bit jumbled and hard to follow.
I am a big fan of Dean Koontz, but this book has just left me shaking my head. I walked away from it several times and came back to try again - but at about 3/4 of the way through I just can't spend another minute of my time trying to figure it out.
There are just too many characters involved and they only have one tie - beyond that, they are all thrown together and the story just keeps jumping at random from one to another and in and out of different times. It's just way too confusing. I kept hoping something would happen that would pull it all together...but it just hasn't.
Sorry Dean Koontz....this one was a bomb....
I love Dean Koontz. I have read almost everything he has written. There are so many characters and plot lines in this latest book that it is imopossible to latch on to any of them. It feels scattered and disorganized. Ultimately, I didn't care much about anybody at the Pemberton. Maybe next time he'll be back on his game. I was glad when it was over.
No. Too many characters and fragmented plot lines. Got hard to keep track of them. Felt like I needed a list of tenants of the building past and present.
Iris (the autistic girl) and her mother communicating through lines from Bambi.
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