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)
I didn't realize this book dealt with the "supernatural". I found it silly and ridiculously unbelievable. I would not recommend it for those expecting a murder/mystery.
Because I spent the money on this, I forced myself to get all the way through it. It's just more of Koontz's formulaic drivel. I read the reviews on this before buying, because I've been burned by Koontz's books before (and once or twice pleasantly surprised, actually), and decided to take the plunge and purchase this to listen to while I was traveling for work (getting through security, on the plane, etc).
The plot is slow, the characters are slightly developed, and in true Koontz style, he just *ends* the book without real resolution. John's partner seems like he's going to come and do something, but no- after a revelation that John might be right about the entity in his home, he just falls off the face of the earth. What was the point of having a pedophile priest deny the man assistance? It's sensationalism, and does nothing to move the plot line ahead.
Here's Koontz's formula: Find a strong man with a tainted past, give him a golden retriever, throw in a couple of genius kids, a woman who is perfect and pure of heart (and usually with some kind of money) and then give them some trivial dialogue. As the denouement approaches, have some sort of Godly figure come in and thwart whatever demon is possessing the people around them. The end.
I won't be fooled by this hack again.
I feel mislead into dloading this title. Thought it would be a new take from Koontz. Instead, it is the same, old rehashed mush. Halfway through the first part and it feels so predictable and trite.
Koontz has a long, long way to go before becoming halfway the writer Stephen King is.
Not only is the story wholly predictable, it is flat and uninteresting, too. Also, I have fallen away from "Koontz-fandom" in recent years because he has waxed increasingly towards the supernatural - away from what I always found most fascinating about Koontzes' writing: he could make something seem supernatural, but then explain it away with scientific wizardry.
This last book is Kootzes' absolute worst. Not only did I not like it because it was all about the supernatural, but it was one of Koontzes' worst stories ever, too. On top of the story being predictable, the narration was clunky and difficult to follow. The characters were flat, and there were characters that made no sense to the story appearing out of no-where, too.
And oh my god, don't get me started about the reader for the audio version. The guy had absolutely almost no inflection, and when he did have it, it was as often inappropriate to what was going on in the story as it was appropriate. There were moments through the reading, too, that I had to turn the playback off because I was finding the guy's awful voice just too annoying to bear during heated moments in the story. He was obviously trying to convey excitement or suspense, but all he was managing to do was come across like fingernails on a friggin chalkboard during these scenes!
Skip this one, folks. I don't know if Koontz is just heading downhill or what, but this book is just absolutely plain awful.
This book sucked. Koontz keeps putting out garbag book after garbage book. Nothing scary about this book at all and I didn't get the ending at all. Not waisting anymore of my money on these boring books
I've enjoyed Koontz books in the past. However, this was one of the most predictable, cliche', and artless books I've ever suffered through. It is the sort of book one can clearly see is a rip-off of the 90s movie Fallen. That movie, although not great, was much better than this "story."
I gave this a 2 1/2 because I was curious enough to read to the end. HOWEVER, the dialogue in this book is so disconcerting that it ruined the book. I kept trying to picture people actually mouthing phrases such as"You look so delectable in those jeans" cop to his young wife, or "After dinner come upstairs and I'll shift YOUR gears," young wife to her cop husband. Do people in their 30s talk this way in 2010? The dialogue of the children was even more challenging. An 11 yr girl who constantly says things like "Sometimes dear child you are quite inscrutable," to her 8yr sister. She also uses words like perspicacious and intrepidity, yet she dreams up magical lands. Along with dialogue suited more to Beaver Cleaver's mother, the girl kept saying phrases like " You don't know beans about.." I searched Koontz online to find his age. I hadn't heard "don't know beans" out of a kids mouth since a show from 1960. As Koontz was born in 1945, this explained the obsolete dialogue but did not excuse it or change how annoying and disruptive it was to hear. The only way these colloquial phrases would have been acceptable is before1960! The children's behaviors are completely unbelievable! A 13yr old boy who wants to be a marine knows details all about WWII but never thinks about any later US wars including the present. Does anyone know a 13yr old boy like that? The girls have a grape drop into a mirror that ripples like water, and see a ghost. The boy fights with a violent entity-yet the traumatized kids never mention any of it to loving parents. Also there are many stereotypical shallow ideas and characters- girls cant do math, boys can, and the whole book's attitude toward females and violent sado-sexual and incest details even have an unsettling vibe as if they were written in just to titillate the reader rather than to be shocking and abhorrent or move the story along in any way. Kind of a trashy book- idea could have been good with better writing
I usually like Dean Koontz, but this book was terribly slow - so slow it was really hard to pay attention to what was being read. All of the action happened in the last hour, and it took way too long to get to that point.
I appreciate that a young girl was showing off a big vocabulary in the book, but Dean Koontz also seemed to be showing off his love of big words and lofty descriptions - all completely unnecessary and just adding to the number of hours it took to get through this.
Steven Weber did a great job as narrator - I would listen to him again. Big fan! :)
I have really enjoyed Dean Koontz's books in the past and have read probably most of them. But this... is so boring and stupid. This is the first time I have almost given up on a book and it took all my effort not to. I'm giving myself a pat on the back for finishing because it wasn't worth it - a complete waste of time.
Certainly not his best, Koontz simply provides an entertaining and spooky break from any "heavy reading". A Girl Scout campfire could have produced the same.
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