A Psychological Thriller
“The plot twists ingeniously...an engaging, often chilling book.”—The New York Times Book Review
A writer in California. A doctor in Boston. A motel owner and his employee in Nevada. A priest in Chicago. A robber in New York. A little girl in Las Vegas. They’re a handful of people from across the country, living through eerie variations of the same nightmare.
A dark memory is calling out to them. And soon they will be drawn together, deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, where the terrifying truth awaits...
The author of Phantoms, Whispers and other thrillers takes an unconscionable time to tell his latest story. The "strangers'' are thousands of miles apart when they begin to suffer inexplicable terrors. In California, Dom Corvaisis sleepwalks, fleeing from an unseen menace. In Massachusetts, gifted young Dr. Ginger Weiss's panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in the Midwest loses his faith suddenly, then finds he can heal fatally injured people. And, in Elko, Nevada, the owner of a motela tough ex-Marinebecomes paralyzed by fears of the dark. Mysterious clues bring these characters and others, similarly afflicted, to the motel, where apparently they had met long before. As they compare experiences, the victims realize they've been brainwashed and determine to find out why. That means facing death at the hands of a maniac in a scene that finally induces frissons of terror in the reader. But it's too late; Koontz has vitiated suspense throughout the narrative with numbing repetitions and long explanations of such matters as Jewish cooking, the baldachin over the altar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a weaver's tools, etc. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild dual selection.
Top notch. Left me wanting more.
It’s probably the sign of a good book that it leaves you wanting more. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved the well~developed characters and the plot kept me up way too late over a few nights.
I feel like the book needed an epilogue. Given it’s already prodigious length, I understand why it’s missing, but I felt the book ended abruptly, and left me wanting to know what happens next for the characters.
Still, it’s a fine read and I highly recommend it.
Stands the test of time
I first read this book many (many) years ago and considered it one of the best (and certainly the most human) books I had ever read. That opinion did not change after my recent reread.
I really enjoyed this book, the author took the time to develop the set of characters and their relationships but I was left wanting by the lack loose ends being tied. Epilogue maybe? But otherwise a great story.