77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

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9 Critic Reviews

The aggregation of disturbing incidents sets the proper mood, but the tension peters out by the halfway point. Underdeveloped characters don't help.
-Publishers Weekly

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Welcome to the Pendleton. Built as a tycoon’s dream home in the 1880s and converted to luxury condominiums not quite a century later, the Gilded Age palace at the summit of Shadow Hill is a sanctuary for its fortunate residents. Scant traces remain of the episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder—and whispers of things far worse—that have scarred its grandeur almost from the beginning.
 
But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each passing hour a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton’s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. And as nightmare visions become real, as a deadly tide begins to engulf them, the people at 77 Shadow Street will find the key to humanity’s future . . . if they can survive to use it.
 
Includes the bonus novella The Moonlit Mind and an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.
 

About Dean Koontz

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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.
 
Published December 27, 2011 by Bantam. 722 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Critic reviews for 77 Shadow Street
All: 9 | Positive: 3 | Negative: 6

Publishers Weekly

Below average
Jun 18 2012

The aggregation of disturbing incidents sets the proper mood, but the tension peters out by the halfway point. Underdeveloped characters don't help.

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Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Renee Miller on Nov 27 2012

With the perfect amount of creepy characters and supernatural elements, I found I had trouble putting it down.

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Express

Below average
Reviewed by David Connett on Jan 23 2012

This book is by turns perplexing and preposterous...So, if you want a chilling, challenging read, try Stephen King's The Shining instead.

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SFX

Excellent
Reviewed by Saxon Bullock on Jan 13 2012

Featuring ickily well-imagined creatures and some effective menace, the book keeps the pace high while also maintaining a fine level of lurid strangeness.

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Vivid Scribe

Above average
Reviewed by Adam Hennessy on Feb 20 2012

Koontz delivers a readable and chilling novel. Even though at times it can drag a little, definitely give this one a go.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average
Reviewed by Madeleine Marsh

In the end the climax feels both predictable and rushed after ploughing through a book that feels around a hundred pages too long.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Travis on Nov 29 2011

... Koontz could have gotten through parts of this story a bit quicker. The remainder would be more interesting if Koontz took full advantage of high-tension opportunities

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The American Culture

Below average
Reviewed by Lars Walker on Nov 14 2012

77 Shadow Street isn’t a bad read, and the message (I think) is good...I wouldn’t rank this book high among Koontz’s work.

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The Urban Politico

Below average
Oct 27 2012

...I liked the setup but was just a bit disappointed in the delivery.

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