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The Darkest Evening of the Year | [Dean Koontz]

The Darkest Evening of the Year

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.
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Publisher's Summary

With each of his number-one New York Times best-sellers, Dean Koontz has displayed an unparalleled ability to entertain and enlighten listeners with novels that capture the essence of our times, even as they bring us to the edge of our seats. Now he delivers a heart-gripping tour de force he's been waiting years to write - at once a love story, a thrilling adventure, and a masterwork of suspense that redefines the boundaries of primal fear and of enduring devotion.

Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents: An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion. And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy's every move, and that, whoever it is, he's not alone.

Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she's always been there to save. But now there's no one to save Amy and those she loves.

From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year is Dean Koontz at his finest.

©2007 Dean Koontz; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"With a magician's expertise, Koontz sets his multiple story lines spinning forward, jumping from one cliffhanger to the next....[T]his is a compulsively readable book that inexorably pulls the reader along." (The Boston Globe)

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    Christina 12-12-07
    Christina 12-12-07
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    "Like Dogs! Liked it!"

    I am a real sucker for Retrievers and so my review is absolutely biased. Also, I love how Koontz writes about these intelligent dogs (remember Einstein?). While I do not like everything Koontz writes, I do like his dog stories and definitely think that animals are smarter than we give them credit for. I listened to the first three quarters of this book nonstop and was completely engaged by the storyline. The characters were well developed, and the villians were absolutely terrifying. Also, I like the fact that one of the protagonists, was a little girl with Downe's Syndrome. She was not a victem, but was a self empowered strong human being. Bravo Koontz for imparting this sensitivity and for defying stereotypes. I was a bit disappointed by the abruptness of the ending, but all in all this was one of the better Koontz books that I have listened to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Collingwood, Ontario, Canada 04-22-08
    Scott Collingwood, Ontario, Canada 04-22-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Sub Par for Koontz"

    I have listened to every Zoontz book on Audible. There is no bigger fan. This book was bad. It makes me suspect he is using a ghost writer, and a bad one at that. His usual wordy, vivid descriptions were taken to the extreme. The plot was typical, but weak and the story moved at a snail's pace. I had to force myself to finish this one, and usually I have to tear myself away from Koontz' work. I recomend you do not waste your money on this one.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Aurora Las Vegas, NV, USA 01-15-08
    Aurora Las Vegas, NV, USA 01-15-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Please get back to story"

    Deus ex machina?
    Please.
    This was the most horrible Koontz I've heard, and the narrators cutsey ways did nothing to enhance the story.
    Very difficult to stomach, his subject matter gets darker and more vicious all of the time.
    I listened to the whole thing, always hoping that it would finally get to the story, but unfortunately it never did.
    I am so sorry to say I may never pick out another Koontz to listen to.
    Perhaps if I actually read this one, the narrators ways were that distracting

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 01-29-08
    Robert Chestnut Ridge, NY, United States 01-29-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Another brilliant tale"

    I started reading the author's books with the odd thomas series. The book is not horror per se but more like a thriller. While there are definitely elements of the supernatural in the story, the real horror comes from the human characters. I was amazed at how dark and twisted the book could get and yet how uplifting it could be as well. Dog lovers will appreciate the way dogs are worked into the story and the pivotal role they play. What makes Dean's books so popular is the way his story just flows. It seems almost effortless how all the pieces to a puzzle fit in at the end. What I really like is how the tempo keeps going, giving you just enough information at the right time to keep your interest but never enough to put the whole puzzle together until the end. It is the ending that I have a small quibble with. For some reason Dean likes to end things quickly. I think the story would have benefited from a longer ending sequence that culminated in a twist similar to his first odd thomas book. Even so the book was well worth the listening credit and I would highly recommend it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Victorville, CA, United States 02-02-08
    Marie Victorville, CA, United States 02-02-08 Member Since 2013
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    "If you don't like dogs....."

    ....you may start to understand us dog lovers after this one! {& if you don't - who needs you anyway} Dean had me from the beginning. I started out smiling &, every once in a while, a little laugh. And then, of course, a total shudder of horror. It amazes me how well he describes human emotions - although, sometimes I roll my eyes because there is just too much "prose". But all in all, this was an edge of your seat book. I also thought that Kirsten Kairos did a good job of narrating = VERY important!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 03-22-10
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 03-22-10 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "I want a Golden Retriever."

    Ok so I've loved the breed ever since I met one that was serving as a guide dog for a close friend. Quite apart from the fact that they have amazing fur that's perfect for running fingers through, I've noticed that as a breed they're inteligent and gentle. If I ever get a guide dog I'm going to shoot for a Golden.
    This book interested me from the day it was announced, and having been a fan of Koontz for years and never having found a book of his I actually didn't like I decided to give this one a try. While it's true that narrator Kirsten Kairos doesn't necessarily do the best job with the male characters I'm glad they chose a female narrator since the protagonist is a woman. True they could have done what a lot of companies sometimes do and have a man narrate the parts told from a man's point of view (the latter Twilight novels do this), but overall I liked Kairos' presentation. She has an uncanny ability to portray child characters.
    The story centers on Amy Redwing, a thirty-something-ish California woman who owns Golden Heart, an organization that rescues abused Golden Retrievers, rehabilitates them and places them in what she calls "forever homes." After taking in an unusual Golden Retriever named Nickie, rescued from the home of a man who abuses his wife and children, Amy suddenly finds herself the target of a series of disturbing incidents that raise memories of a terrible past she's worked hard to suppress. Meanwhile her boyfriend Brian McCarthy becomes disturbed by her behavior, but he has his own problems as told by a series of hateful Emails from a woman from his own past. And, by his association with Amy, Brian is also a target of the ones who seek to reduce Amy to the very thing she struggles to save. Other characters include a group of synical assassins and a Down's Syndrome girl leading a tortured existence behind the closed doors of her mother's home. As usual, Koontz delivers a masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-06-09
    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Dean Koontz is still as good as ever"

    Dean Koontz continues to keep you thinking with this great story about a women and her incredible love for golden retreivers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mona New Albany, MS, USA 11-11-08
    Mona New Albany, MS, USA 11-11-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful...."

    That's all I can say about this story. I've listened to it twice in the last couple months and will probably listen again.

    This has made the top of my favorite books list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 05-01-08
    Jennifer 05-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    this was a great book and I couldn't stop listening. Usually I'm not a big fan of this writer but the fact that a dog who did not try to eat its owner was a major character caught my attention. Anyone who loves dogs knows just how special they can be and will really appreciate this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Versley Tampa, FL, USA 03-25-08
    Marc Versley Tampa, FL, USA 03-25-08 Member Since 2009

    mvers

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    "Good Story Weak Ending"

    I enjoyed the story. The prose was excellent, painting pictures with wonderful descriptions. The ending was weak. I found it disappointing after the buildup. The wordcraft made the book worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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