What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz
(with bonus novella Darkness Under the Sun): A Novel

81%

9 Critic Reviews

This is signature Koontz and I've come to expect it, and I wasn't disappointed when I read What the Night Knows.
-Gather Books

Synopsis

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

In 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 family—his wife and three children—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 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 28, 2010 by Bantam. 546 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Feb 13 2011
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Critic reviews for What the Night Knows
All: 9 | Positive: 8 | Negative: 1

Examiner

Good
on Jan 17 2012

I enjoyed the suspense, the mystical aspects used in the story, and the pacing of the piece. If you're looking for a book that moves and holds you in suspense, this is it!

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Examiner

Good
on Apr 13 2011

Koontz gives reign to his religious imagination to integrate and transform his writing and allow for an amazing story of crime and redemption to unfold.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 14 2011

...a frightening and page-turning tale pitting good against evil that riffs on a few classic horror themes, with some trademark Koontz bits.

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LA Times

Below average
on Dec 27 2010

...abstractions undermine the book as a whole and momentum flags, leaving the reader thirsting for something more...

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Kings River Life

Excellent
on Feb 12 2011

Don’t pick it up when you’re planning to do something else soon though because you might not be able to put it down.

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National Review Online

Good
Reviewed by Wesley J. Smith on Dec 30 2010

It is a really terrific ghost story--and more. As he always does, Dean explores the differences between good and evil, showing how and why some people choose and relish evil, while others fight it to the end. But he also approaches the subject from another angle.

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The Roanoke Times

Good
on Jan 09 2011

What Koontz does so well in this book is terrify without being silly.

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Fiction Addict

Excellent
on Dec 28 2010

Koontz is phenomenal at characterization. The reader easily cultivates empathy for the characters, feeling emotions as they feel. That is key to really immersing yourself into the story.

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Gather Books

Above average
on Dec 03 2010

This is signature Koontz and I've come to expect it, and I wasn't disappointed when I read What the Night Knows.

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