HE IS BACK
Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this.
HE IS BACK
He is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again.
HE IS BACK
He is on the stairs, and he can’t be stopped. Hilary killed him once, and he keeps coming back. Again and again.
HE IS BACK
He is at her bedroom door....
©2006 Dean Koontz (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Ugh. This is THE only problem I have with Audible! No copyright dates to let you know when this book was written. I recommend research BEFORE you download.
This is a very good story if not a bit obvious at times but....
This book is dated, ...1980. And this is the 3rd book of Koontz. Things like the phone "ringing and ringing and ringing" but a cop and a screenwriter don't have the sense to take it off the hook? Especially when they start making out....mmmm.
The narrator does amazing voices and splits the characters up distinctively but I, (personal note here) hate when people pronounce their negative contractions like a high school girl. Didn't = did-dunt, couldn't = could-dunt,...
AND in the third section, about 1/3 of the way in, the recording goes blank for about a minute. Don't know what that was about but I'm calling to get it resolved.
I think people who enjoy flat characters, a lot of swearing, and graphic sex may enjoy this book.
I still love Koontz, but I wonder if someone else really wrote this book. I do not usually find that Koontz has such graphic sex scenes or the F word used so much. I have found his characters more interesting as well.
William Dufris probably gets blamed because he could not redeem this story or writing with his narration.
I was surprised and shocked over and over by the F word and how it was used. I was also surprised that I had to fast forward through the sex scenes and rape scenes.
If I had not been such a Dean Koontz fan, I would never ever read his books again after this one. I did not even finish it. The writing was poor and so was the story. It was very boring and I did not like or care about any of the characters. If I had to listen to Fry say
The story behind the deranged family.
I’m a big fan of Dean Koontz and I can say I have not come across a book I have not liked. I’m not one for romances and the one in this story developed so fast, I had to go back to the point where the characters first met (a few pages before). It was interesting, I found myself becoming a bit scared; but immediately recovered. I like Dean Koontz novels because they are thorough, contain a lot of depth, challenges the psyche, and add an element of mysticism into it (spiritualism really). I thought the characters were well developed and the story seemed really plausible. I really enjoy stories with histories beyond the current time-frame of the story.
I’ve read other Koontz books that had me sleeping with the lights on, but this one was okay. Wasn’t as scared as I’ve been with other books. I like reading suspense/thriller/scary stories because your mind creates the scene. You are the one scaring yourself.
not a great book but in its time probably was at least exciting. today however i think this would be told as a short story to keep it sharp. I feel it prattles on a little to much at times and the mystery is predictable and soon stale leaving the story to drag along. the sex sceans are best skipped over as they add little to the story. Basically girl gets attacked, girl survives and meets nice new guy. new guy assumes the role of protector. the investigate together, they beat bad guys. but do they live happy ever after.... really who cares its fiction. more twist and turns would have helped
When the main character got attacked and wasted time "looking up the phone number for the police", I realized this was pre-911, and apparently pre dial-the-operator-in-an-emergency, too. The character was dumb (I don't mean poorly written, I mean she was an idiot). Supposedly a sophisticated and savvy academy award nominated screenwriter, the victim was so vain, she cleaned herself up after an attack, ruining her credibility. I hate books where you're yelling at your playback device things like, "Don't do that, you moron!"
I don't need an audio book for that -- I can yell things like that at my TV! Huge disappointment and I agree 100% with other reviewers -- the recording date means nothing. We want to know when the book was written. One of the cops was talking about EST and other 1970s references and it was just too hard to switch gears mid-read. If I'd known going into this that it was written in the 70s, I might have had a different mind frame. Wish I didn't waste a credit or my time.
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This story is somewhat dated, and was not one of Koontz???s best (but it is not bad). There are fewer characters then the best Koontz and there are some rather long, somewhat explicit, sex scenes that did not really move the story nor illustrate truths about the characters (thus were about uninteresting as sex gets). The protagonists just make wild guesses regarding the back-story of the antagonist, which all turn out to be true. This is pretty weak story telling. Nevertheless there were some fun ideas and classic Koontz motifs that should be worthwhile if you are a Koontz addict.
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