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Publisher's Summary

An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

Number one New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz takes listeners on a twisting journey of lost love, impossible second chances, and terrifying promises.

A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup’s victims whose remains were never found. 

Writer David Thorne still hasn’t recovered from losing the love of his life, or from the guilt of not being there to save her. Since then, he’s sought closure any way he can. He even visits regularly with Jessup in prison, desperate for answers about Emily’s final hours so he may finally lay her body to rest. Then David meets Maddison Sutton, beguiling, playful, and keenly aware of all David has lost. But what really takes his breath away is that everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily. As the fantastic becomes credible, David’s obsession grows, Maddison’s mysterious past deepens - and terror escalates. 

Is she Emily? Or an irresistible dead ringer? Either way, the ultimate question is the same: What game is she playing? Whatever the risk in finding out, David’s willing to take it for this precious second chance. It’s been ten years since he’s felt this inspired, this hopeful, this much in love...and he’s afraid.

©2021 by The Koontz Living Trust. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

What the critics say

“Narrator MacLeod Andrews does an outstanding depiction of David Thorne, who is desperate to find out the truth about the disappearance of Emily Carlino, the love of his life.... Andrews channels David's confusion and heartache with palpable emotion and credibility, taking listeners through an exhilarating and perplexing story.” (AudioFile Magazine)

"[MacLeod] Andrews narrates this thriller in a slightly gravelly, straightforward tone that reflects the everyman protagonist who has been ensnared in a Hitchcockian conspiracy laced with romance and light science fiction." (Booklist

“A gripping and downright frightening book...genuinely captivating. Koontz remains a masterful storyteller in multiple genres, and this is one of his best.” (Booklist, starred review) 

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worth the time

it was decent, not the best book iv ever heard, not the worst. I wasn't disappointed in anyway, but I also wasn't blown away.

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Promising start but dismal ending

I really struggled to finish this book! loved the idea of it but the ending was tedious to finish. it dragged on with the author becoming repetitive and left me quite bored. the ending was so anti climatic I wish I had never even started this book.

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great book

really enjoyed this one, it kept me wondering the whole time. everything I thought it was it wasn't. totally recommend this one.

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Slow Start

I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz but this story wasn't his best.It was hard to get into at first and although the story line definitely got more interesting as it progressed, it didn't draw me in as many of his books do. Still worth the listen!

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The performance alone

I’ve been a Koontz fan most of my life and it had been a while since I read one of his stories. While this book mimics other storylines. With the use of moths and thumping noises. The narration was outstanding. I found myself enthralled by the rhythmic tones and great performance.
Maybe the story isn’t as original as the author wanted to portray, it kept me listening. Wanting to know exactly how it would end. If you’re a
Koontz fan, this book makes me think of Watchers, The Bad Place and TickTock. Same tones of romantic elasions and creepy psy fi.

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  • Leslie
  • 2021-03-27

Worst koontz ever! Don’t waste a credit.

I thought I bought the abridged version-nope. It just ended abruptly, with no explanation of events. I have read every book Dean Koontz has published, I’m a huge fan,and was dismayed by this book. The ending was abrupt , I can only guess he is setting up for a sequel that i will never buy. I’m very disappointed . I have over 1,500 books in my audible library, and this is my first review. Do not waste your credit.

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  • KadysMom
  • 2021-03-25

I can't believe I'm still listening....

Can we say awful, terrible, waste of a credit? Those are the first things that come to mind.

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  • lovetoread
  • 2021-03-26

This was not worth the wait

This is not Dean Koontz best novels it was too weird and I can’t believe that I actually waited so long for the story I kept putting it down it was not one of his best

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  • Tammy
  • 2021-03-28

Snooze

I hate to give only one star to one of my all-time favorite authors. But I found this story to be a total snooze-fest. I liked the idea behind the plot, but the execution of said plot was boring and too drawn out. Too much “filler”.

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  • Lori Sang
  • 2021-03-25

Suspenseful but the ending was weird

The story was pretty good but the ending was a little too weird for me. By weird I mean it’s really really unbelievable in any stretch of the imagination. Regardless, I enjoyed the suspense and the somewhat happy ending.

MacLeod Andrews’s narration was wonderful. Especially his performance of the main character, David Thorne. I can feel every emotions that David was going through and I was really rooting for him to find what he was looking for.

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  • Alessandra
  • 2021-04-10

New to Koontz

I honestly really enjoyed this book. The ending is very different if you're not into opening up your imagination to things that aren't realistic. if you're a realistic type, the book isn't for you. I like things of that sort so I didn't mind the twist, but many people in these reviews seem disappointed by it since it was "unbelievable" to them.
Put simply, if you can get with witches, vampires, or time travel it really isn't a bad book. Not saying those things are necessarily in the book, but using it as a reference of sorts to what some refer to as "unbelievable".

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  • JMabie
  • 2021-03-30

Disappointed

There is no substance to this book and the characters are not that likable.
I have been a long time fan of Dean Koontz but this is one of the worst books I’ve listened to, and in truth could not even finish.

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  • James
  • 2021-03-28

Ridiculous on so many levels!

I have no idea how I tolerated this book. Absolutely stupid storylines, exaggerated writing. What a painful and wasted investment of time.

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  • Brian Bizik
  • 2021-03-31

Don’t waste your time (review without synopsis)

I don’t know what happened. This is almost bizarre.. I listened to the entire thing because of the author and his history. This was not only disjointed but completely beyond the realm of “suspension of disbelief”. Not even sure what this was but it was terrible. Sorry but just don’t waste your time

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  • Mal
  • 2021-03-26

The new Dean Koontz

Not one of his best but fairly good. Lots and lots of characters who are not consistent, everything was too convenient and it was so unbelievable. The early Koontz you could maybe believe this or that may actually occur somewhere, not this book. It was entertaining and the narrator was good. I just waited so long for this new book to come out and I was a bit disappointed although recommend the book.

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