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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,105 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Kirsten Kairos Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she’s a legend for the risks she’ll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy’s heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can’t allow herself to return, Amy’s behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents. An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion.

And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy’s every move and that, whoever it is, he’s not alone.

Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she’s always been there to save. But now there’s no one to save Amy and those she loves. From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year is Dean Koontz at his finest, a transcendent thriller certain to have readers turning pages until dawn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Silence of the Lambs meets Marley & Me.”


  • “Compulsively readable”

    Boston Globe

  • “Just barely into Koontz’s thriller, I understood why he’s a bookselling giant.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This is the perfect book for thriller addicts who know the darkest hour is just before the dawn, and for canine lovers.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Karenzielinski | 2/14/2014

    " I really liked this book. Deb, I am going to send it to you, b/c you are a Koontz fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dainan | 2/5/2014

    " I've only read a few of Dean Koontz's books but have liked every one of them so far. This one has his superb writing but I wasn't a huge fan of the subject. I didn't know it was going to be so heavily focused on dogs. I'm not an animal person and especially not a dog person. Anyway, the story was good enough to keep me reading and I think it deserves better than 2 stars, so it grudgingly gets 3 from me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Reecie | 1/31/2014

    " This was one of Dean Koontz's better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adelicia | 1/24/2014

    " This book made me want to get a dog! A very quick read. I was a little disappointed with the ending. "

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