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Publisher's Summary

A mother’s greatest wish—or darkest nightmare—comes true in this chilling audiobook thriller from the Master of Suspense, Dean Koontz.

“Koontz puts his readers through the emotional wringer.”–The Associated Press

In the year since her son Danny’s tragic death, Tina Evans has suffered incredible heartache. But now, with her Vegas show about to premiere, Tina might be ready to put her grief behind her and start over.

Until a shocking message appears on the chalkboard in Danny's room: NOT DEAD. Those two words send her on a terrifying journey from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the cold shadows of the High Sierras, where she uncovers a terrible secret.

©1981 by Leigh Nichols, 1996 by Nkui, Inc. (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

Editorial Review

Losing a child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Tina Evans is grieving her son Danny after he died in a tragic bus accident. One year later, she swore she saw him in a stranger’s car. Could her son still be alive? Tina goes on a quest to find out the truth—and discovers a terrifying secret. Some things can be worse than death...

This gripping thriller will keep the listener on the edge of their seat from the first second to the last. Narrator Tanya Eby’s energetic and youthful voice captivates and carries the suspense of each dramatic moment. Eby is a USA Today best-selling author and an Audie Award-winning narrator of more than 650 audiobooks. She is also an active blogger, a novelist and the owner of Blunder Woman Productions, an Indie audiobook publishing company.

The Eyes of Darkness writer Dean Koontz started to create stories when he was a teen. His skillful detail in building the tension and terror throughout his thrillers has seduced audiences everywhere. Koontz has written more than 105 titles and has sold over 450 million copies worldwide. The popular horror novelist is the creator of countless #1 New York Times best sellers that have inspired many film adaptations.

Published in 1981, The Eyes of Darkness saw a surge in popularity in 2020 after a passage from the book purportedly predicted the real-world outbreak of the coronavirus. Indeed, the book mentions a virus called “Wuhan-400”, although that’s where the similarities with the coronavirus end.

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Meh

I found the book to be rather boring. took me forever to get through. There were a few parts in the book that were interesting but the majority of it was rather boring in my opinion.

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Ok-except for the cheesy banter

Story was ok, probably could have shortened it by about 5 hrs if they cut out the cheesy banter between the two main characters, I rolled my eyes so hard I detached a retina. Just when you think they’re going to move on from the conversation….it keeps going.

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Good but clearly early Koontz

I don't think I would ever not enjoy reading anything by Mr. Koontz. However after reading the Jane Hawk series this title sounds a bit like a study.

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classic

Classic early work by Koontz. A roller coaster of an adventure.
always a quick fun read.

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Poor story rife with plot holes and often silly

The narration was ok except for pronunciation. I expect they were well aware of the silliness of the story line.

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wrong voice casting. so wrong.

the story was fine. but the narrator was somewhere between a children's book and an automated announcement over a speaker system voice. it was impossible to listen all the way through unfortunately.

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Not his best work

He's written better books. It was tedious and predictable. The narrator was distracting. I only bothered to finish it because I'd spent money on it.

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  • Joe
  • 2020-12-21

No wonder this was part of a 2 for 1 deal.

I can't finish this book. It's worse than any romance novel or soap opera. The main character is completely helpless to the point where she doesn't even call the police when she suspects that her house was broken into and vandalized. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this book.

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Dumb story, poorly written and lousy sound quality. Dialogue is horribly lame. This was a very bad choice

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First read from this author and I enjoyed it

This book was very good. First time reading Dean Koontz. really enjoyed it . will look for more books from Dean . Narrator was good as well

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  • julia smith
  • 2020-02-21

For the people that curious about the parallel everyone talking about between coronavirus and this books prediction of it.

yes, it has some writing about the virus that one of the scientists from China brought to a secret lab in America.
And yes, the virus was originated from Wuham town, biochemical laboratory 🔬 in China.
It didn’t called coronavirus, but was scary enough in its aftermath distraction.
Actually, the book was very interesting and kept me fully engaged through out the whole entire time!

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  • Sean DePue
  • 2015-12-12

Excellent

I am not one who will sit down and read a book. I don't have the attention span for it, and maybe the imagination. For some magical reason my mother got me this book for my birthday when I was about 16. I don't know why I picked it up and started reading it. All previous attempts by my mother failed. But as soon as I got past chapter one I was obsessed. Couldn't put it down. Read it all in 2 days. A love for reading followed. It's been about 15 years since I read this book and I travel a lot for a living. I saw this book as a suggested title for a audio book and I thought, "I should read that again!" And as a father now - it definitely strikes a different cord. Great book!!! Will listen/read it again soon....

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  • Bshawfoolery
  • 2016-01-14

This book serves Hitchcock & Twilight Zone love

it has the pace of an action movie, with a gradual supernatural element.Koontz has written (according to the entertaining afterword) a basis for a hit suspense thriller.Definitely one of his hidden gems.
Tanya Eby did a great job expressing the grief, terrors, and determination of a mother..not to mention the oddball moments that we all encounter at the most unlikely times.

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  • George
  • 2014-07-31

Twisty

I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't put it down. It's a sci-fi thriller wrapped in a whodunit with a touch of mother bear and her cubs. Enjoyable read, one of Dean Koontz's first. However, unlike some Koontz novels, I wouldn't be afraid to listen in the dark.

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  • Althea
  • 2010-06-15

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I enjoyed the book very much. I think Dean Koontz has done it again this was a thrill ride to very end.

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  • 🌟SL Cole
  • 2020-03-08

Wasn’t too sure about this at first...

... but it went one way for awhile & then started veering off at another angle & I knew I was gonna like the ending when I sensed where that was. And I did. If you feel a little put off the first quarter or so, I’d encourage you to stay with it longer.

I really enjoyed the relationship of the two primary characters & found them very comfortable to hang with through their adventures. I’d have loved another couple chapters but have to say, chapter 41 left me totally satisfied... and giggling like crazy!

Whatever your expectations may be at the beginning there are serious kinks in the road along the way to get you to a very different end.

Perhaps I found this book satisfying, however, for completely different reasons than the author probably intended & than some may ever pick up on. If you are part of the #GreatAwakening, you’ll recognize reality playing out right now (March 2020) in tantalizing threads between the lines. In which case, you’ll likely enjoy this book as well on more than one level. Would love to compare notes!

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  • Gabriel
  • 2017-06-29

Awesome!

Ive never come across a book by Dean that I have not been satisfied with! Very gripping and enthralling story. Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2010-05-16

The Eyes of Darkness

Well written but you need to like Science Fiction to truly enjoy this book. I enjoyed it and would say ---read it- it ends where you think-this needs a follow up. What is next?

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  • donna
  • 2010-05-27

some times you win

as with all D.K books its either his or miss unfortuatley this was a near hit but not quite. On the other hand he gives an acount of the delopment of the book and a related TV series that never was and that is worth the credit to listen to, very entertaining, thats why I gave it the thrid star.

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  • Dr. B. Truett-Serrett
  • 2020-03-16

COVID19 is NOT here, but a Good Read

For me it was a slow start, but after a few chapters things picked up. I had read the original book, but decided to give it a listen after all the ‘social media’ talk about the predictions of the COVID19 outbreak. “Social Media” is full of BS!! No COVID19 foretold in this book!! It does mention a virus that was developed in Wuhan, but brought to an “American” secret bio-weapons lab for testing. It was NOT a bio-weapon released by China. How anyone could read this book, and see any similarity to COVID19 is ludicrous.
Even though I liked the content of the book and story line, I absolutely hated Tanya Eby’s narration. Took several start, stop, & restarts to get through it secondary to her narration, but she seemed to get a little better later in the book. I saw other reviews that seemed to love her reading, so it is probably just me. Everyone has those certain voices that is just irritating to them personally. Can’t put my finger on exactly why, but subconsciously her voice may remind me of a previous teacher/professor. ???

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  • Monica
  • 2020-03-15

avertissement

j ai acheté ce livre car il touche le thème actuel du corona virus et les critiques étaient très positives. Personnellement je n'ai pas accroché pour la voix que pour moi est monotone et l'histoire pas assez entraînante. Movais note à moi même car je n ai plus eu envie de le terminer....