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Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist living the American dream in Southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. It’s a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside.

That night Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the doll’s heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan’s reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can’t destroy. It wants Tommy’s life, and he doesn’t know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance - or by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy’s computer screen: The deadline is dawn.

©1996 Dean Koontz (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Ticktock: Can we stretch this out any longer?

I loved the main character, Tommy Phan. He was wonderfully written. His partner, a hippie airhead blonde, was terrible. She was awkwardly antagonistic and a blatant know-it-all. After a few suspenseful chapters, the story devolved into repetitive silliness and grating interrogations by the blonde. Fun beginning, plodding middle, and anti-climactic climax. It felt as though Mr. Koontz was trying out a new series.

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This was great fun

This was very entertaining and pulled at my heartstrings. I gave it five stars,, however I gave the performance four stars because his mispronunciation of Jaguar was so distracting. Every time I heard him say Jagwire it took me out of the spell the story had me under. Highly recommend this book. Hated for it to end

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