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.
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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.
I have read all of Mr Koontz' works. Although not my favorite and slow at the start, this book really kicked into nail biting reading in the second half. Appropriate for election years especially, it really makes you wonder and question. As a nation we should always pay attention to what is going on in our government to protect our many freedoms.
Dean Koontz has a talent for writing great thrillers that keep you wanting more! This one is no exception. I have already listened to it twice.
This is the first Dean Koontz book I could not finish. Ordinarily, his books are so unique, well written and well produced as an audiobook that I can't stop listening. This one has no technical flaws, it just nearly gave me an anxiety attack every time I restarted it. My spouse got farther than I did but couldn't finish it either. We should probably return 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.
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