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by Dean R. Koontz

NOVELS BY DEAN KOONTZ Breathless, Relentless, Your Heart Belongs to Me, The Darkest Evening of the Year, The Good Guy, The Husband, Velocity, Life Expectancy . What the night knows : a novel, Dean Koontz. p. cm. eISBN: 978-0-553-90753-7.

NOVELS BY DEAN KOONTZ Breathless, Relentless, Your Heart Belongs to Me, The Darkest Evening of the Year, The Good Guy, The Husband, Velocity, Life Expectancy, The Taking, The Face, B.

What the Night Knows book. 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 - Collection: What the Night Knows & Your Heart Belongs to M. Dean Koontz is the author of many New York Times bestsellers. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Dean Koontz is the author of many New York Times bestsellers.

What the Night Knows is a 2010 novel by bestselling author Dean Koontz. It reached on the New York Times Bestseller List

What the Night Knows is a 2010 novel by bestselling author Dean Koontz. It reached on the New York Times Bestseller List. Following the events of the novella "Darkness Under the Sun," it follows the life of John Calvino, a survivor of a violent attack on his family and current police officer.

What the Night Knows (with bonus novella Darkness Under . .Dean Koontz, the author of many New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

What the Night Knows: A Novel. Evil never die. he stunning thriller from the bestselling author of Velocity and Breathless. Billy Lucas confesses to a shocking crime. He's only fourteen years old but he's a sadistic killer and proud of it. He's in the secure wing of the state hospital bu. e seems too wise for his age, not crazy, too knowing about the nature of evil, and whether it lives on beyond death. Too knowing about other crimes that took place before he was born.

Home Dean Koontz The Voice of the Night. The acclaimed bestsellers by Dean Koontz. The eyes of darkness. Koontz puts his readers through the emotional wringer. The Associated Press.

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERIn the late summer of a long-ago year, Alton Turner Blackwood 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 familyâ?his wife and three childrenâ?will be targets, 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.Includes the bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun!

This book starts well, then becomes less so. On one side the journals of the psycho are chilling & very good.. The protagonist's involvement with the killer at a mental hospital and the scene surrounding the first murdered family are spot on. However the story changes quickly.
The main character, John, a homicide detective dealing with the killer, returns home to a self involved family. They seem not real at all. Rather they come across as plastic and I had a very difficult time identifying or getting involved with them. All their needs as a perfect little upper middle class life is in place. The three children are also bright and perfect. The artistic wife; the same Her perfection revolves around making a small fortune selling her artwork. She is the perfectly attractive woman, as well. Their dog is even perfect, as is the two person house staff. The main character is the husband who is terribly emotionally scarred. Some 20 years earlier, as a boy, his family was slaughtered as well. They seem to need never leave the perfect little world under the roof. It's just not a real setting. I almost closed the reading there.
The plastic family is in touch with the outside, it seems, only when neccessary.

There are chapters given to the antagonist, psychotic murderer who seemingly re-surfaces after a long hiatus. There are excerpts from his journal which delve into his early life. I found those to be the most interesting parts of the novel. Though, when he re-surfaces, to begin his crimes anew a little less supernatural would have done well.
The family itself and their dealings with him really never waiver far from their "Perfect" status and become truly boring.
Wholly, the book is so-so. The ending is nothing special at all. It's just there. The saving grace is Koontz writing style, which is good given the book is not.

Kindle readers beware. The novel ends at around 88%. The remainder is given to a preview of another Koontz book.
Light out of Fildon
After purchasing the eBook, and (unfortunately) missing the cutoff for being able to return it, if I hadn't read a review somewhere that'd mentioned there was a huge supernatural element constructing this novel (reason for wanting to return), I wouldn't have known it from the opening pages. I'm not really a fan of supernatural, so at the beginning the fact that this treaded supernatural lines came as a delightful surprise. The interview with Billy Lucas hooked me. It was chilling, suspenseful, and thought-provoking, each word causing me to wonder more and more why this seemingly perfect 14 year old murdered his family with every, rushed turn of the page. Unfortunately, even though we eventually find out that Billy wasn't "truly" in control of himself that night (enter supernatural elements), I wasn't 100% happy with the reasoning as to why Alton Turner Blackwood became a serial killer.

Koontz wrote a solid case for Blackwood's disturbingly sick nature through a slew of journal entries within the novel. I'll give him that. Very twisted, still believable stuff. But, when Koontz really turns over the angst card, throwing in the complications regarding the supernatural powers, somewhere along my reading journey, the suspension chain of believability was broken, tarnished beyond repair. I get that whilst reading we're supposed to let go of everything we know, open up our minds to ideas we never thought possible (especially in a novel such as this), but it all became way too much to take in. I think this is because (for me, at least) it didn't feel 100% supernatural to begin with. Either way, as I continued to read on, certain scenes and such continued to ring false, overdone.

Up until around the two-hundredth or so page, the pacing was all-consuming. I thought I was going to give myself a nervous breakdown due to how fast I was grinding through the novel. In classic Dean Koontz fashion, the literary master of words had me pining to find out what was going on. But, sadly (dead smack in the middle or the story, no less), the tale all but came to a complete standstill. It's as though it branched off from Calvino (which whom I must note I dug immensely--he reeked true detective), to the rest of his family members: the artsy wife, his three kids, etc. At one point I was waiting to hear about Grover, the family dog. The story and all its beautiful tension lost its way, the plot doing nothing but riddling my mind with confusion. From there on, the book never gripped me the way in which it did in the first half, never quite gave me the same deep, terrifying bone-shivers it initially did in the opening scenes.

Nonetheless, Koontz rallies toward the finish line, eventually bringing everything full circle in an overall satisfactory read. This is a book in which I believe "most" Koontz followers will enjoy. That said: someone new to him might not be as generous.Though this one wasn't a true winner for me, I'll forever remain a fan of anything in which Mr. Koontz puts out into the universe for me to enjoy.

Happy reading!
In keeping with my style of Netflix rating, I feel three stars is appropriate.

Pros: The underlying concepts of the novel are solid and it is the primary reason I chose this book. The beginning had me solidly hooked (but that feeling later relaxed). I thought it was interesting stylistically how he switched to present tense for anything told from an evil POV.

Cons: I agree with many reviews that the narrative voice and dialogue he gives to the children was terrible. Nothing related from their POV is remotely convincing. These are the most precocious (or perspicacious, a word I now despise) child prodigies ever birthed. Constantly uttering inanities like "Chestnuts!" and "stupid this and stupid that," these passages just irritated me beyond belief, and with three children, you get three times the insanity, though Naomi (the 11-year old) is by far the worst.

I didn't care for the "Diary of Alton Blackwood" entries that pop up every few chapters. They are 100% irrelevant to the plot and only provide back story on the villain. In my view, the scariest villains are the ones that are enigmatic and unexplained. You can easily skip them if you choose (I didn't but wish I had), but I would have preferred they been included together as an appendix.

The last thing that bothered me, particularly in the last quarter of the book, is that I frequently found myself knowing what was going to or needed to happen next. I then had to slog through pages of characters wringing their hands until they had their eureka moment and the necessary action finally came to pass. It undermines the pacing.

Summary: While I realize I've listed more cons than pros, I think the perspicacious (ahhhhhh!) reader will get a decent amount of enjoyment out of it.
What the Night Knows ebook
Dean R. Koontz
Genre Fiction
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HarperCollins Publishers (June 1, 2011)
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