Frank Pollard awakens in an alley, knowing nothing but his name - and that he is in great danger. Having taken refuge in a motel, he wakes again only to find his hands covered in blood. As far as he knows, he's no killer. But whose blood is this, and how did it get there?
Over the next few days Frank develops a fear of sleep, because each time he wakes, he discovers strange objects in his hands and pockets - objects far more frightening than blood.
Husband-and-wife detective team Bobby and Julie Dakota specialize in high-ticket corporate security investigations, but when a distraught and desperate Frank Pollard begs them to watch over him, they can't refuse. Out of compassion - and curiosity - they agree to get to the bottom of his mysterious, amnesiac fugues.
It seems a simple job: just follow a client who wants to be watched and tell him where he winds up. But as the Dakotas begin to discover where their client goes when he sleeps, they are drawn slowly into ever-darkening realms where they encounter the ominous figure stalking Frank. Their lives are threatened, as is that of Julie's gentle, Down's-syndrome brother, Thomas.
To Thomas, death is "the bad place" from which there is no return. But Julie and Bobby - and their tortured client - ultimately learn that equally bad places exist in the world of the living, places so steeped in evil that, in contrast ,death seems almost a relief.
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I read this book years ago. The audiobook is fantastic. Koontz is the master of FRIGHT
I loved this book and found myself thinking about it often.
Dean Koontz gold!
I read this book when it was new and was utterly captivated by it! This is the only book I ever owned that was stolen from me, that's how good it is! And it was a delight to buy this audiobook for a long trip across the country which kept me chilled the whole time! Especially when it got dark. It was even more exciting to hear it from the voices of Carol Cowan and Michael Hansen, since you can hear the excitement in their voices; as if they are reading it for the first time! I agree with another reviewer that the outrageously bonded protagonist duo was starting to make us feel a little diabetic with their perfect marriage and oddball personalities, but it is easy to be swept away by Frank Pollard and his secrets, and utterly revolted by the evil surrounding his family. This is such a unique story. I wish I could ask Koontz about some of the unanswered questions, I presume to be left up to you to be decided. But it keeps you thinking about this whirlwind of an adventure story, which really does have some sad, depressing outcomes. To listen to it in an audiobook (in a dark vehicle!) really makes you feel like you are there, standing on the beach, or at the haunted Pollard house or....
I cannot recommend this one enough, it is excellent! But if you buy the book, be careful whom you lend it to because you probably won't get it back!