In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy.
Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family — his wife and three children — will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was 14 and killed their slayer.
As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.
Here is a ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.
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“Dean Koontz... has the power to scare the daylights out of us.” (People)
“Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears.” (USA Today)
“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.” (Los Angeles Times)
Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I have been somewhat disappointed with the last few Koontz books, but this one just plain fell flat. After a relatively promising start, I felt that he quickly telegraphed how the plot would proceed, but took a rambling route to get going. I particularly tired of the childrens' annoying conversations and the degree to which he went to rationalize why this close knit, loving family did not let each other know of the strange and menacing events going on in their house. I could not buy into the notion that the father, having already figured out the danger looming in and the likely date that disaster would hit, would do nothing to rally the family together to protect each other. In fairness, perhaps he eventually does, but I wouldn't be aware of it because just half way through part one, in spite of best intentions, I haven't been motivated to return to the story. While a certain amount of drawing out the tension adds to enjoyment of a story, there is a line that can be crossed that makes it tedious waiting for something to happen - you just want the characters to catch up with what the reader has already figured out. Perhaps I'll return, but it's not likely to be soon. I'm on to something else.
"Avid" doesn't quite describe my reading style . . .
After a couple of disappointing offerings, Mr. Koontz has once again produced a story that is fresh, has a plot we all can follow and carries it through to the end. I give it four stars here because, in my opinion, he is generally (when on his game) a four star writer - with the notable exception of Watchers, the 5-star book that made me a lifelong Koontz fan - and that is Okay! His work is interesting, uncomplicated and fun to read. Thanks Dean!
I’ve read many Dean Koontz books, and listened to several audio versions. There are some that I read and re-read and there are others that, while interesting, are not moving. This is by far one of Koontz’s best!
I was a huge Dean Koontz fan in the 80's and 90's. I read everything he wrote and loved it. That said, in the last few years, his writing has become so formulaic I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over again. Boy meets girl (girl meets boy), boy and girl encounter evil, boy and girl run around a lot and have "cutesy" conversations, boy and girl confront evil, evil loses and good prevails once again. Snoresville. I could not even get throught this one. Onward to Stephen King.
Entertaining if you like thrillers with gory details (which I do). But, oh boy, the reader! This is my second book read by Steven Weber and while I usually just follow writers, he's the one reader I'll look for again.
Although I know Koontz can be somewhat redundant in his plots, I thought this was an entertaining and fresh approach to his supernatural narrative. I have been disappointed by some of his recent work, but thoroughly enjoyed this story. Wordy, yes at times, but not irrelevantly so. Kept my interest, and not particularly predictable, in my opinion, except for the "good will win out over evil" theme that is Koontz's trademark. If you want something else, something less traditional good/evil, read Stephen King.
Dean Koontz's books for me are either fantastic or a complete waste of time. I will have to go with a hit this time but, just barely .. It was a lot like the movie "Fallen" where the spirit moves from person to person. Worth your time and Credit, great narration but don't get too excited it not as good as the ''Odd Thomas" books or "Frankenstein" books
The last Koontz novel I listened to was way below his standards. Great idea, poorly executed.
This one has plenty of energy and plenty of twists...a lot of supernatural activity...and definitely draws you in. If I could have changed one thing, I would have made it slightly less grisly...especially as some of the victims are kids. But I still really liked it, and will probably be back to listen to it again at some point.
Stephen Weber does a fairly good job of narration. He's not in the class of Patton and Guidall...but he's also a big better than average. He didn't distract from the story as so many narrators do. Solid overall.
One of the very very few audio boks I've ever given up on and gone and done something else! Just couldn't pick it up once I'd put it down! Other people obviously like it so it must be me, but what a waste of a credit!
Had to think carefully about choosing this book, having recently had a run of excellent books from other authors. The other reviews on this one were not that persuasive.I took the plunge and have regretted it fairly quickly. I didn't enjoy the style and almost gave up listening early one as it took so much to get into. I also found that the sound quality was not as crisp as I would expect. If you have any doubts - I would look elsewhere first.
I hadn't read a Dean Koontz title in many years and chose this when I read the intriguing synopsis. I listened to this book with earphones plugged into my iphone (audible has released their fantastic audible app) and immersed myself fully into the supernatural and unpredictable world that Koontz so cleverly created.
There are parts of the book that may take listeners by surprise but they are few and far between (by this I mean unpleasant intentions and acts carried out by some of the characters).
The narrator brings the book to life and does it great justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book even If I did find myself avoiding the mirrors and closets.
What a great build up for the ending to then fall flat on its face! All based on the super natural and things that go bump in the night. Should of reached a superb conclusion but failed to do so.
"Gripping but too unpleasant"
I used to like Dean R Koontz, but haven't read any of his stuff in years. Watchers and Lightening were classics. I downloaded this based on great reviews, and yes, the book is gripping and extremely well read. However, I am 3/4 of the way through and am finding it unpleasant, spooky and disturbing. Too much nasty stuff (rape, incest, molestation etc etc). It's leaving a nasty taste in my mouth and I wish I hadn't started it in the first place. For anyone who has children of their own, I would recommend you don't bother with this book, as it is too disturbing.
"first review first dean koontz book 3rd audiobook."
good book good pace i was impressed with reader stephen webber best ive heard so far. id definitely consider another dean koonts book.
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