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Publisher's Summary

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story - a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koontz.

The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other's best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents' unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.

©2014 Dean Koontz. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I Missed Mister Koontz

Ever since I became addicted to the internet in 2012, I have found it impossible to hold a book. It's a shame......Anyhow up until that point , I had read every single DK book known to humankind. I really missed him. Then I realized that he MUST have audio books that I can listen to from my phone. This was my first purchase. I listened in one session. The warm, fuzzy feelings caused by a suspenseful DK novel all came flying back to me. Great plot. Worthy characters. Good setting. Surprising twists. Awesome, sudden ending. enjoyed it so much

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  • Michael
  • Walnut Creek, CA, United States
  • 09-04-17

Short and OK

Pay cash, don't use a credit. A very short prequel to The City (which I found OK, but not great). This is an OK short story with some of the tone and characters of classic Koontz, but it is very short (1 hour) with little time for development and lacking the kick that a great short story needs. If you read everything Koontz writes, like I do, then you may very mildly and very briefly enjoy this book. If not, it is definitely skipable.

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Spooky, never trust your neighbor

The truth is, this has become all too familiar. Very spooky indeed. People, watch your daughters.

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Too short

Great story but way to short not worth the money. Or not worth that much money but still great style.

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Too short

I was just getting involved when it was OVER. The book was way too short.

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great short story

love how Koontz always seems to draw you in and then hit you with a wow

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I love the Short Stories

great short story. I am enjoying the shorter stories lately. They still contain the suspense of the others.

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A short, but classic Dean Koontz story

Would you listen to The Neighbor again? Why?

I wouldn't mind reading this story again. Dean Koontz's imagination is alway extraordinary and he uses it to create a short story that impels you to listen to the whole story without stopping. Simple concept, simple carry out of the concept, a definite winner.

What did you like best about this story?

I really liked the casual way Dean gets you into a harrowing story before you know it.

What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator has a perfect voice for this story, you can imagine the character that goes with the voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did not have an extreme reaction to the book, I just enjoyed the intrigue.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended for Dean Koontz fans.

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Weak Short Story

I was not impressed. I've given this guy a chance so many times. The only thing I like about him is the beginning scene of The Taking. This short story isn't really a vivid story. I'm still confused and it's over. I don't get the point of this story.

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intense

nice book on a short road trip. I was surprised that it was so short.

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  • scatty
  • 01-06-18

Short

So disappointed,it was so uncharacteristically short,if I had known that it was short beforehand I wouldn't have wasted a credit on it

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  • C
  • 06-19-17

Dissapointed

I feel a bit duped. I thought this was a novel and it turned out to be a very short story on which I spent a whole credit. Not a very inspiring one either. Very disappointed with audible for the first time since signing up, I'll make sure I read the profiles and reviews before any other purchase in future

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  • Zoska
  • 05-19-17

Too short!

I don't like it when Dean Koontz delivers a very short story. Very much deceived. The performance is ok, though.
The story itself is very schematic. Feels like a sketch for a book rather than a book.