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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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    BILLY rockville, VA, United States 01-13-08
    BILLY rockville, VA, United States 01-13-08 Member Since 2011
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    "okay, not his best work"

    The book starts slow, a lot of synonyms used at nauseum really slows the story down at first. The story picks up and becomes really interesting and starts to tighten up and speed up as the book progresses. The ending is rediculous. King and Koontz, masterfull storytellers, have of late seem to have lost the ability or have not put much effort into good endings.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 12-05-07
    Jesse Lovettsville, Va United States 12-05-07 Member Since 2014

    Long commutes have turned me into a dedicated Audible fan. Looking at my stats I can't believe I have 825 titles in my Library.

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    "Dean at his best"

    If you love dogs, especially that wonderful gift to humankind known as the Golden Retriever and if you like a good good vs evil mystery then this book will satisfy in spades.

    Money well spent and several commutes that weren't long enough.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marj 05-03-08
    Marj 05-03-08
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    "Preachy"

    Even though I am a Koontz fan, I have noticed that his recent stories are very preachy as to what types of people are good and worthy and what type are bad, wrong and unworthy. The bad guys in this book are extremely evil, even ridiculously so. Give me a break, Dean! Lets get a little real here. Tbe good guys and bad guys you have created are just way out there.
    I do enjoy his dog characters as I am a dog lover. Golden retrievers are near saints and geniuses in his books...what about pitbull mixes (my dog)?? lol
    I managed to get to the end of this silly book but was disappointed with it overall.

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    Kevin Dublin.Ireland 03-01-08
    Kevin Dublin.Ireland 03-01-08 Member Since 2006
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    "The darkest evening ever"

    as always a good book from Dean Koonts sadly i taught the endind a little rushed not one of his best.

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    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 03-11-08
    Frank Gallinaro Auburn, NH United States 03-11-08 Member Since 2007

    Lover of good ideas

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    "Turns and twists"

    Another novel of turns and twists by Ken Follett. For almost 80% of the novel, it is hard to figure out how the lives and stories of these often strange and some cases evil characters will come together and clear up all of the mystery.

    Certainly one of his strangest brews, with man expected turn of events. He keeps you in suspense to the very end.

    A worth while read.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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