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.
©2010 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“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)
Excellent read, one of his best in years
I always enjoy looking/listening for several Koontz tale-tells that he places in his books. It is like a literary Koontz scavenger hunt. 1-golden retreiver 2-special needs person/child 3-mercury/sodium vapor lights 4-outside smelling of ozone and my favorite 5-bouganvillea. Sometimes all 5 make the book and in others only a few hit the pages.
My life again
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Koontz type mystery thrillers. No tells a mystery like Koontz. The revelation deep dark secrets and the overwhelming need to make things right make this book a must listen.The final sacrifice is a WOW!
False Memory - because the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Because the mind can be shaped and molded. But mostly because only the mind really knows these things could happen in real life - given the opportunity.
My favorite scene was when after being possessed by Blackwood, the guy goes to visit his sister and her family. She does not know Blackwood is on board but she knows her brother is an abusive, violent man. Without question she shoots him after seeing him attack her husband.The pace of the book from this point forward picks up and takes on new heights of SUPER NATURAL!
Dean Koontz Rocks the House!!!
Yes. Anyone who had read a Koontz book would enjoy this.
There was alot of suspense and it was a great supernatural story
Steven Weber is one of my favorite narrators. He can sound like a whole cast all on his own!
I made me sit on the edge of my sit. I had to listen to it all at once. I went through my day listening in my car, then into work, then in my car, then at home. Went to sleep pretty late that night.
I used to read Dean Koontz books when he wrote one word title books. They all started to have the same thread in them and I couldn't remember which one word title went with which book. I'm glad I decided to give this one a try. It was a good old fashion supernatural suspense story.
Nothing that's apparent to me ....
His performance was acceptable, it's what he had to "work with' that lacked!!
No one stands out, therefore I indict them all.
I've been an Audible listener for 10 years and this is the first review I've ever written ..... only once before have I been over whelmed with negative feelings about a book, but this one took-the-cake! I've been a Koontz listener for a long time and 'may' still pick one of his books in the future, but NOT without doing a 'listen-preview'. I stopped listening during chapter 12, 2hrs 15min (my bad), then deleted it.
In a few words, started excruciatingly slow, to much minutiae and unnecessary (filler) detail, with a disjointed story-line and no apparent direction.
At this point, I've heard so many bad audiobooks, if one keeps me listening, I'm happy. Although the story is pretty out there and sometimes a bit stupid, Dean Koontz knows how to tell a story. I was entertained and this book held my attention the entire time. The narrator was great. Not the best Dean Koontz but good and I gave it four stars because I wanted to keep listening. A good, not great, paranormal story that was worth the credit.
Good solid story
John Calvino was a good investigator and family man who is conflicted with the normal facts and things he can sense but not explain.
At one point when the spirit of blackthorn is moving throughout the house room to room and each person rationalizes the unexplained.
I read the short story Darkness under the Sun and when I saw this book I decided to give it a go. Plus I think Steven Weber is very talented narrator.
Very similar to the movie The Fallen. The ending was weaker than I would have expected and the spirit of the family dog was an expected contrivance. How would you communicate something that cant be explained to those around you?
Dark, Intriguing and on the edge of my seat
Nicki the detective's wife.
There was a lot of whistling on the S sounds but other than that his voice convinced me of every character!
At the end where everything comes together and answered are realized without even saying them.
Loved it. It was dark and a little hard to stomach but was interesting and a good interesting story.
This book had entirely too many characters in it. Just when you got into one of the characters another one popped up. Book did not flow and was difficult to follow. Would not recommend it.
Very well done by Steven Webber. I enjoyed. I had gotten away from Koontz as I was did not care for a few of his offerings. But I enjoyed this story and enjoyed the reader's presentation.
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