• In the Dark of the Night

  • By: John Saul
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (214 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It has waited seven years for someone to come back to the rambling lakeside house called Pinecrest, which has stood empty since its last owner went missing.

For upscale Chicago couple Dan and Merrill Brewster, the old midwestern manse is an ideal retreat, and for their kids, Eric and Marci, it's the perfect place to spend a lazy summer exploring - which is how Eric and his teenage friends discover the curious cache of discarded objects stowed in a hidden room of Pinecrest's carriage house.

The bladeless hacksaws, shadeless lamps, tables with missing legs, headless axe handle, and other unremarkable items add up to a pile of junk. Yet someone took the trouble to inventory each worthless relic in a cryptic ledger. It has all the makings of a great mystery - whispering, coaxing, demanding to be solved.

But the more the boys devote themselves to restoring the forgotten possessions and piecing together the puzzle behind them, the more their fascination deepens into obsession. Soon their days are consumed with tending the strange, secret collection - while their nights become plagued by ever more ghastly dreams - nightmares that soon seep into reality.

And when a horrifying discovery surfaces, so does the chilling truth about the terrifying events that rocked the town seven years before and the mysterious disappearance of Pinecrest's last resident - a twisted legacy with a malevolent life of its own...and a bottomless hunger for new victims.

©2006 John Saul (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"[An] undeniably creepy horror chiller." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Foster gives just the right touch to Eric and his friends while at the same time perfectly rendering the story's growing tension." ( AudioFile)

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Could not put it down

This audio held my attention from the first chapter to the end. it was full of surprises, twist and turns. Loved it!

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creepy!

This is one of his best books, kept me on edge till the very end

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Stunning

The reader's performance was excellent. John Saul had a large number of characters in this story, and the reader gave a unique voice to each one. The climax of the story had me literally yelling out loud as the reader spoke. Very intense. John Saul is a brilliant writer. Period.

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better-than-expected

it took a little time to warm to the voice of the narrator but after a while I really enjoyed the performance. And the book was downright scary.

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Just Ok

I found this story quite boring. it took FOREVER to get interesting and it was too predictable. The narrator was great, the book itself was not.

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Amazing.

This was so well done couldn't stop listening to it. I wish they all pulled me in like this one did.

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Absolutely gripping

Once I got the book downloaded, I couldn’t put it down. I listened to it for two days straight, even falling asleep to it at night. Excellent book, has become my new favorite by John Saul. It’s a must have for your collection.

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My new Saul favorite

Great freaky story. Narration was good but sometimes Kent sounded more like a bully than a friend to Eric and Tad. But overall, very unique storyline. I wondered until the very end who the real killer was. I just love Sauls work. Can’t wait to listen to more!!

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Great story, just...

I could not stand the lead female character whining one more minute. I mean seriously painful. The overall story was great and I really am into it and want to know what happens... but I just couldn't take it anymore. Weak women annoy me in real life...don't want it in my fiction.
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Great Time

This was my first book by J.S.
and it has exceeded my expectations.
Such a good time.
looking forward to more by this author.

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  • jennifer
  • 06-19-11

In The Dark Of The Night

Since joining audible,i have been lucky to have picked some dam good books.
My favourites being horror and crime and thrillers.Again this book did not disappoint,it amazes me how they come up with great story lines like this,its a creepy tale set in the heart of woods and lake land in a creepy old house,disturbing in parts and graffic, i loved it well written, well narrated

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  • L2374
  • 04-13-13

Very good

Great story line, again, spoilt by narration being unreal and robotic.

There has to be a better way to have these surely?

Love audio books but American narrators spoil it with their hammy overacting.

Marian Keyes books are funny to listen to and the narration doesn't grind my gears like these ones.

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  • lorna Judge
  • 04-18-21

Fantastic read

Another great Saul Book!
wonderfully narrated and a fantastic listen. Hope you all thoroughly Enjoy!

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  • Cindy
  • 09-30-20

Really good

I couldn't stop listening as I was gripped by the realistic characters, which the narrator brought to life. A book worth having in your library.