Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid.One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children—and his life. Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his. The police think he’s a figment of Martin’s imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger’s threat. And run for their lives. But wherever they go—wherever they hide—he finds them.
©1993 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Penguin
Very interesting Koontz book, and I've listened to many of them. The first part of the book is very, very, creepy. It made me more anxious than I think any book has ever done. In fact, if I was feeling anxious about something else, I had to stop listening as it felt overwhelming. Eventually things level out when the "good guys" begin to fight back. Very interesting villains. I enjoyed the narration; he reflected the thought processes of the double in an intriguing way. Not my favorite Koontz, but one I certainly will remember.
MOST of the first part of this book was absolutely BORING... I was about ready to stop the read but glad I didn't. If you can get thru several several chapters keep on reading. I wouldn't say this was one of Koontz best but it was a nice read especially Part 2. I like my books to grab me at the very beginner and this one certainly did not.
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I am a sucker for a good Koontz and this is pretty good. The bad guys are a bit more dimensional than a bad Koontz, and the good guys are nicely developed. It ends a little weak, but I really liked it.
What a great storyteller! (And the reader, is excellent, too). I hate it when the protagonist of the book is as smart than the reader. It's annoying when lack of communication for no good reason, or inability to connect the dots the way the reader has, leads you to watch them blunder into avoidable problems. It was a relief to have Marty and his wife know what I know, but it was also scarier. I haven't read a book this riveting in ages! So creepy in the beginning, I wasn't sure I was made of brave enough stuff to continue! But the main characters were so lovely … the voices of real people, a real family, and a great dad made me want to know if he'd/they'd be okay. Great book. My first by this author.
Psychological sci-fi thriller
Paige and Marty find themselves being doubted by a police officer, their anger intensifies to irrepressible laughter
When the girls chatter proves to be more than the villein can handle.
What if the bad guy didn't know he was a bad guy?
Interesting plot left me suspicious of true nature of the story in the beginning. The clues finally accumulated to a point of sufficient knowledge, but the power of the characters kept me entranced through the entire book. I'd like a copy of the children's book.
This wasn't my favorite Koontz ever, but it was still very good. The narrator did a very good job of going back and forth between the two main characters without divulging too much (which he could've easily done if he'd changed them too drastically). Kudos to walking that thin line. The story line was good and there was the usual mystical "are we scientists or playing God" element that Koontz tends to throw in there. He did a nice job of tying up all of the loose ends at the end. I tend to listen to books while I'm working out and it kept me going, so that's always a plus! Again, not my favorite, but I still very much enjoyed it.
"Mr. Murder" follows the mold of so many Dean Koontz stories. An ordinary, albeit quirky, person has their life turned upside down - and a giant conspiracy is behind it, with elements of the supernatural or super technology thrown in. Add Koontz's colorful character names, vivid descriptions, and fast-paced action, plus a great performance from the reader, and you have a very entertaining listen.
The story follows a budding author on the cusp of fame, Martin Stillwater, and his family. They are attacked by a seemingly indestructible double of Martin, who tries to kill him and take over his life. The family goes on the run, while government agents seek the double for their own reasons.
Koontz does a great job playing on the listener's emotions, especially from a husband & parent's point of view. The narrative is believable and sincere, if some elements of the story are a bit beyond the pale. Kudos to the reader, actor Jay O. Sanders, for a well-paced performance.
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