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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In the late summer of a long-ago year, Alton Turner Blackwood brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy. 

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family - his wife and three children - will be targets, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer. 

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return. 

©2010 Dean Koontz (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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What nightmares are made of

The storyline was good, characters strong the kids endearing. Loved the family connect without electronics

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what the night knows

Good listen. I would recomend this book. Creepy and we'll read. look forward to hearing more from Dean Koontz.

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Confusing

I’ve always liked Dean Koontz style. This one is a bit odd though. It’s all over the place and I had trouble following the story line. Usually his books are pretty good so don’t let this one put you off.

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Top-Notch Paranormal Thriller

The AI at Audible is working fine. This book was offered to me as a Daily Deal and I had heard of Dean Koontz before, so I took a chance. I am glad I did. This book is very dark, graphic, and metaphysical. it combines a tale of serial murder and demonic possession. The events and descriptions are engrossing, but shocking enough to make the reader uncomfortable. Nothing is taboo to Koontz and his prose is startlingly descriptive. The dialogue is realistic and the settings gritty. Well-done. Steven Weber is an engaging reader with inflections and emphasis 100% appropriate to the writing. This is a masterful job and Weber is the perfect narrator choice for the text (his work with Steohen King books is similarly outstanding) I confidently give this recording 5 stars out of 5.

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Koontz never dissapoints

Absolutely loved this book!!. Steve Weber is an amazing reader and really kept me interested and listening... so awesome!

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So Entertaining!!

I love Dean Koonts and I love Steven Weber. Weber did such a fantastic job of bringing this group of characters to life. I wasn't aware Koontz did this type of genre. He did a fantastic job no doubt!!

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Worst audiobook I've listened to. I didn't like the storyline and the narration made me want to rip off my ears.

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I enjoyed this book. It's not something you want to listen to before bed😊. Dean Koontz has an amazing imagination. The narration was great.

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Entertaining story, not much range with narrator

I enjoyed the story, it kept me entertained. I definitely like some of Dean Koontz's work but occasionally I find him way too wordy and I'm unable to finish a story. This one was reasonable, a bit wordy in some spots but not too bad overall. Always with the golden retrievers though, Mr Koontz. I did feel like the ending was a bit rushed and some parts of the storyline didn't get tied up. The narrator was pleasant to listen to but he definitely didn't have a lot of range or really try very much to have different voices for different characters. It was okay though.

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Just like a dull paranormal found footage movie only slower

I usually enjoy Dean Koontz stories, but this one really didn’t work for me at all. As I was preparing to write this review I discovered there was a short story that came before this. I don’t know if it would help or not. The book starts in the middle of the story, which shouldn’t be a problem. We have an investigator who is quickly revealed to be an unreliable narrator with audio/visual hallucinations that he is aware of- usually. But he is investigating a grim crime scene that mirrors other ones, including one that he survived. (Only it doesn’t seem to mirror when we finally get around to what happened in his past) Then we meet the investigators family and the book Drags. We start up a haunting of several different people but first we have to spent pages in their heads because how else are we to know they are people worth caring about? (No, I didn’t care about any of them just get on with the story please) So many short chapters of this is character A, character A is thinking this when something that would be a five second scene in a horror movie happens. The shadow crosses by a mirror with a musical sting. Or a door slowly swings open... Really weak ‘ghostly’ events that would in those movies be over really quick and still feel like a waste of a couple of minutes building up atmosphere. However with a practiced hand we have all of these chapters puffed up with a sea of words but really they mean nothing. About half of the chapters in the middle of the book could be summed up by a pair of sentences and really should’ve been. Ok, cards on the table. I don’t really care about ghost stories anyway, so I should have checked into it more instead of accepting it would be a detective fighting a serial killer from beyond the grave would be an action thriller instead of a slow, dull, atmospheric of you buy into the ghosts and mystic symbolism of child’s logic that is the core of the supernatural powers in this tale. I don’t. I found myself skipping to the end of chapters towards the end, playing the audio book as fast as i could still understand as I don’t care how artfully described is the creaking of a step for the third time. As a movie, aiming for a tight 85 minutes, I could see this being a low budget paranormal tale. As a story it doesn’t have any meat on the soup bones and ladles out the broth so slowly so you enjoy the tension of maybe, just maybe, this time a potato chunk will drop into the bowl.

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  • Connie
  • 2011-01-13

Finally, a Dean Koontz that reads as a Dean Koontz

I have been a Dean Koontz fan for more years than I can count. I had been disappointed in some of his newer stuff, and preperred to re-read his older stories.
Finally! Here is a new one that was suspensful, great storyline and the dialog was believable. However, in some places in the story, I did get a little confused but was able to catch up quickly.

I felt this was Vintage Koontz and it was very enjoyable. I may read it again next week!

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  • Tracey Haggerty-Lester
  • 2011-01-18

nice surprise

Although I know Koontz can be somewhat redundant in his plots, I thought this was an entertaining and fresh approach to his supernatural narrative. I have been disappointed by some of his recent work, but thoroughly enjoyed this story. Wordy, yes at times, but not irrelevantly so. Kept my interest, and not particularly predictable, in my opinion, except for the "good will win out over evil" theme that is Koontz's trademark. If you want something else, something less traditional good/evil, read Stephen King.

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  • Michelle
  • 2010-12-31

One of the better Koontz books

Yes, he's wordy and overly descriptive. It's his style. If you don't like it, don't read a Koontz book. But if you do like his style and his books, you will love this book. I didn't find it predictable at all. The narrator was perfect and drew me into the story and kept me totally entertained. I'm ready to start listening to it all over again.

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  • Derek B.
  • 2011-02-20

I LOVED it!

This was a very good book. If you have read a lot of Dean Koontz books then you are used to the super-natural aspect that they sometimes have. I would suggest not reading them if you can not free up your mind a little because some on them, like this one, require an open mind for a part or two! If you can do that just a little then this book won't disapoint, but if you have to understand the science behind every aspect of a book then you will have a moment or 3 that will have you unhappy. Again, I loved this book and I look forward to the next one.

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  • Cindy Kiser
  • 2010-12-30

Koontz is back!

I have read all of the Koontz books,new and old, and was disappointed in the last few but "What the night knows" brought back the Koontz I love to read or listen to. Very enjoyable.

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  • C. Brown
  • 2011-01-14

Back In Fine Form

The last Koontz novel I listened to was way below his standards. Great idea, poorly executed.

This one has plenty of energy and plenty of twists...a lot of supernatural activity...and definitely draws you in. If I could have changed one thing, I would have made it slightly less grisly...especially as some of the victims are kids. But I still really liked it, and will probably be back to listen to it again at some point.

Stephen Weber does a fairly good job of narration. He's not in the class of Patton and Guidall...but he's also a big better than average. He didn't distract from the story as so many narrators do. Solid overall.

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  • Bob
  • 2011-01-08

He's back

What a disturbing book. I wonder how he thinks up story lines like this. The old Dean Koontz is definitely back. It is well written and narrated. If you want to be terrorized, this book is for you.

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  • Linda
  • 2011-01-07

Dean Koontz is Back!

After a couple of disappointing offerings, Mr. Koontz has once again produced a story that is fresh, has a plot we all can follow and carries it through to the end. I give it four stars here because, in my opinion, he is generally (when on his game) a four star writer - with the notable exception of Watchers, the 5-star book that made me a lifelong Koontz fan - and that is Okay! His work is interesting, uncomplicated and fun to read. Thanks Dean!

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  • Suzn F
  • 2011-01-08

Koontz fan... but....

I really love this author, he has written some of my all time favorite mysteries. This time however, I must agree with some of the other disappointed reviewers. Although the plot was fairly interesting on it's own, I agree that this story has some of the same aspects of the more recent novels, perfect marriage, perfect kids, rich rich family, fancy house with extra security, etc, etc. The novel lacked depth and intrigue for me, sorry. I too found it all too predictable and would be happy to welcome back Odd Thomas or something new that would remind us all of why we love this author so much. This novel pales in comparison to From the Corner of his Eye in my opinion. Still, I'm glad to have listened.

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  • Steve Inman
  • 2011-01-27

One of his best.

I love Dean Koontz books and some I like better than others. This one is one his best books. Get it!

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