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3.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 53.62 out of 5 3.62 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dean Koontz Narrator: Steven Weber Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9781441818393
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In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he 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 in the fourth crime, 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.

Here is a ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.

“Dean Koontz...has the power to scare the daylights out of us.” —People

“Koontz seems to know us, our deepest foibles and fears.” —USA Today

“Koontz writes first-rate suspense, scary and stylish.” —Los Angeles Times

“A master at spinning dark tales...Koontz knows how to dial up the terror.” —Associated Press

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 2/20/2014

    " Koontz at his best! Sometimes he gets too bogged down but not in this one. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TeraD | 2/7/2014

    " Not the best Dean Koontz book, but definitely better than the last one. The character development was lacking although it was a bit creepy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 2/4/2014

    " Took me ages to finish this book, but somehow it kept me slugging on. Lots of filler to wade through to get to the meat of the story. No real surprises in the story line...typical Koontz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 2/1/2014

    " This book was one of my favorites that I have read in a long time. It is more of a dark book talking about murders, demons, and the like, so this is not one I'd recommend to younger children. Readers into more of a dark spiritual type of book would enjoy this book. Some of the better things i found in the book was the imagery in the book, I've never jumped from reading a book before this one, but other aspects of the book like the emotion from all of the character's point of view was one of my favorite things of it all. Overall this is a very well written book and has allowed me to get into the horror style of reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen Thielen | 1/27/2014

    " I'm a HUGE fan of Dean Koontz but, it took me a little to get interested in this story. The start had too many rambling portions. In true Koontz fashion, I couldn't put it down by the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 1/23/2014

    " One of the better Koontz books I've read in awhile - he seems to have gone back to the suspense roots that made me like him so much when I first started reading him.. But the ending was sort of a let down. I'd probably have gone 3.5 if I could have. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audra Borgia | 1/17/2014

    " Hmmm.. good book overall but I felt the ending spoiled the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cwilson466 | 1/15/2014

    " Frightening, creepy, and engaging. Everything required for a great thriller. I really couldn't stop reading the book even though I was thoroughly disturbed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 1/15/2014

    " Great book. It hooks you from the beginning, you don't want to walk away until you find out what happens. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tasha Neaton | 1/4/2014

    " Logan picked this book out. I am currently listening to it on tape. It isn't what I thought it would be but a decent book. Not sure if I would read another book of his again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayla | 12/28/2013

    " This book was full of repetition and loose ends. Just when you think the plot is taking an exciting turn it doesn't develop into anything. I'm usually a fan of Koontz but this book was a major disappointment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew Clem | 12/13/2013

    " This was my first Koontz book. It was written well however it wasn't awe inspiring. I know he has written better I just think to much time was placed on crime scene gore instead of character building. I will read the watchers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy | 11/21/2013

    " Would like for him to do more ghosty books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christa | 10/1/2013

    " Very suspenseful. And I'm not really a fan of sci-fi. But I am a fan of Dean Koontz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne Hogg | 8/28/2013

    " Excellent possession novel! Wasn't scary for long, but the visuals were really detailed and gave you a subpar yet suspenseful approach to the horror genre. As my first koontz book I salute this man on a job well done. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/5/2013

    " Dean never disappoints. So far so good on this one. I'm enamored with the characters and completely creeped out the antagonist. Dean does an especially good job with nailing the attitude and characterization of his teenage and pre-teen characters. I'm really enjoying this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 3/17/2013

    " This was a good read. Dean Koontz is such an awesome story-teller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Crosson | 2/21/2013

    " Creepy and suspenseful; not one to read at night! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madiha S | 12/27/2012

    " A book of gripping suspense. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamalam | 6/25/2012

    " Could NOT put this book down! Genuinely creepy, compelling, and suspenseful. Awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Flood | 2/5/2012

    " Definitely a good read, if you like dark, spooky, "campfire" stories. A relatively short section toward the end almost lost me - it wasn't as 'believable' & didn't flow as well as the rest of the book. I pressed on, though, & was glad I finished it (in less than 48 hrs., no less). Quite satisfying! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Humphrey | 12/12/2011

    " Good read, typical D. Koontz "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lulu | 10/10/2011

    " Not one of his bests but still worth reading. If you are new to Koontz start with one of his other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 6/19/2011

    " I wasn't too thrilled about this book..it had some good parts but I felt like I had to force myself to read it. Little disappointed, I think they could have easily written it better and it would have been great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Murner | 3/30/2011

    " Really creepy. Could only read in daylight. Had issue with the ending. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa | 1/31/2011

    " Gave up on it half way. "

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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

Steven Weber, an actor and an Earphones Award–winning narrator, made his film debut in 1984 in The Flamingo Kid and has since acted in numerous films and television series, including Wings and The Shining. He has also appeared in many stage productions, including National Anthems and the Broadway musical The Producers.