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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,529 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Natalie Ross Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781441817266
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Such a pretty face

So young, so sweet. She appeared out of nowhere, in the middle of traffic, on a busy day. A teenager with no past, no family—no memories.

Such a lovely child

So blond and beautiful. Carol and Paul were drawn to her—she was the child they’d never had. A dream come true. And then Carol’s nightmares began—the ghastly sounds in the night…the bloody face in the mirror…the razor-sharp ax.

Such relentless evil

So deceptively innocent. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that’s what frightened Carol most of all….

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lauren Gommert | 2/20/2014

    " A predictable, though still spine-tingling, tale of terror. Definitely not as gripping as some of Koontz other books, but well worth a look for a quick read. The storyline is a little weak, but the characters are believable and likable...making for a decent read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Traci | 2/20/2014

    " I have a mixed review for this book. When it started it felt too much like a Goosebumps book. It did manage to pick up and somewhere along the way I became swept up in the story line. Towards the end I had trouble setting it aside even for a minute. The most disappointing part of the book was the ending, it was very weak. When I finished the book I was left wondering what happened next, there were still un-answered questions in my mind. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kori | 2/18/2014

    " Possibly the worst book ever written. The ending was completely anti-climatic; this book could have used an additional chapter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene Roy | 2/16/2014

    " This one scared me - loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 2/14/2014

    " A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of all...About the Author Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jelena | 2/11/2014

    " this was my first Dean Koontz's work. i found it very well written, with a lot of suspense, action and elements of horror, and honestly, i couldn't stop reading :). but i expected more of the story itself - the subject on which the story was based on was too simplified and a explained in a bit "cliche" way. all that with the abrupt and somehow incomplete ending, and i was left a bit disappointed after i finished, but i enjoyed reading it so much that i decided i could tolerate it ;). that's why i gave it 4 stars, although it probably deserves 3... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Velvetink | 2/7/2014

    " Giving to si cotic "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kuro | 1/27/2014

    " A nice horror novel, with, as usual, great characters. Some parts are a bit fantastical, but that's part of the horror genre I guess. The end of the novel felt somehow... less than the earlier parts, as if it were some mediocre Goosebumps story, rather than the Koontz I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiona | 1/20/2014

    " Very fun read. Not sure about the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mischelle | 1/10/2014

    " This was one scary book back in the day! Dean's paperback books was the thing back in the '80's and early '90's. The cover made me see different kinds of Masks in my dreams. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candy Mcnab-spilman | 12/24/2013

    " Definitely not one of his best works. Once I saw where it was going, I didn't really care for it, but kept reading it just to see how it ended. The ending was very disappointing - very anti-climactic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry Rosenberg | 12/20/2013

    " A good read but not one of DK's best. Reading Koontz about possession and reincarnation, I'm always surprised to remember that he's a pretty fundamentalist Christian. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genevieve | 12/15/2013

    " This book started out so well, murder, ghosts, reincarnation, a cat that tries to kill people and then ----- the most pathetically weak ending. Frustrating. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Julia | 12/10/2013

    " I usually like Dean Koontz novels, but I really disliked this one. It was contrived, fairly boring, and it was VERY clear where the story was going after chapter 2. This is a book I wish I'd never read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne Wildsmith | 12/8/2013

    " This is the first Dean Koontz book I have read and although I quite enjoyed it, I felt the ending was very rushed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brett | 11/12/2013

    " Dreadful. Among the worst books I've read this year, which is saying something. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/20/2013

    " This wasn't too bad for one of Dean Koontz older books even though the end was pretty predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naomi | 8/28/2013

    " I liked this book, but really felt it was more a young adult book than a classic Dean Koontz horror novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abraham | 7/9/2013

    " A great quick spooky read from a master writer...I recommend this book for any fan of great storytelling and those who like vivid written visuals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skooter | 3/6/2013

    " Pretty spooky! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 10/23/2012

    " Reincarnation, Poltergiest, and a great back story makes this book very entertaining. I am a huge fan of Koontz and he rarely dissapoints. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alyson | 9/13/2012

    " This was a really quick read, and most of the book had great suspense parts that kept you flying through the pages. I was expecting a great ending because it was all building up in the last 30 pages or so, but was a little disappointed and confused on the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene Grant | 6/18/2012

    " Not one of his greatest books. Reminded me a bit like John Saul stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Bazel | 5/21/2012

    " It was a great book all the way through it. However it ended too abruptly and there seemed to be no actual ending. It almost seems like there were pages missing, though of course there were no pages missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia Rock lantz | 9/17/2011

    " This was an alright book for me. An easy book to pass an afternoon with. Just not my favorite story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Corey Tardif | 7/18/2011

    " It has an interesting storyline, for a while I didn't understand the prologue but in the end it all starts to come together. I thought it was a good book to read in bed at night when it's dark out, because it has a dark tone to it and it's creepy and suspenseful, and it sends chills down your spine. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sujaritha | 7/14/2011

    " Picked this book reading the backstory, a grave mistake in itself. There is nothing worth mentioning about this book. Just go with the flow of the writing, but do not expect any bone chilling moments or sleepless nights. I just wished it could have been better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeymei | 3/22/2011

    " One of those Dean Koontz ones thst was like YAHHH...Wait, that's the end?? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 3/12/2011

    " Couple on the verge of adoption begins experiencing phenomena. And so does the close friend. Is something trying to keep them from adoption? Just OK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 2/28/2011

    " This is the book that started it all. I loved reading after I took this ride. I have not put a book down since the first time I read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 2/19/2011

    " Good book, but not a fan of the ending, made my skin crawl everytime they went on about the spiders crawling all over her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melly | 2/14/2011

    " This was a really amazing book. I was impressed with how everything turned out. Did not at all expect ending or the reincarnation part of the story. If I say any more about the book, all this review will be is me going on about how good it was. Another wonderful book by Dean Koontz. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rob | 1/15/2011

    " Horrible! Boring story with no ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/13/2011

    " Not bad, but probably won't read again. The ending sucked. Totally left way too much hanging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sujaritha | 1/7/2011

    " Picked this book reading the backstory, a grave mistake in itself. There is nothing worth mentioning about this book. Just go with the flow of the writing, but do not expect any bone chilling moments or sleepless nights. I just wished it could have been better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva | 12/23/2010

    " i was also disappointed in the ending, i even checked another edition to make sure mine wasn't missing the last chapter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin | 11/16/2010

    " holy crap i think this guy has written more books than stephan king "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/19/2010

    " Not one of Koontz's best works but a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 6/21/2010

    " Entertaining and interesting. Not Koontz's greatest, but it kept me wanting to find out more as I read each chapter. The ending was rather loose, but imagination put together the rest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scifigal | 6/15/2010

    " I usually like Dean Koontz novels, but I really disliked this one. It was contrived, fairly boring, and it was VERY clear where the story was going after chapter 2. This is a book I wish I'd never read. "

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About the Author
Author Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz is one of the most popular writers in the world. When he was a senior in college, he won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and has been writing ever since. His books are published in thirty-eight languages with worldwide sales over 400 million copies. Fourteen of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list and sixteen have risen to the number one position in paperback. Several of his books have been adapted into feature films and television miniseries, including the highly rated Intensity on the Fox Network. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden retriever Trixie.

About the Narrator

Natalie Ross is an actress and voice-over artist whose acting credits include multiple appearances in the television series All My Children, among others. She is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator.