Sunday, August 18, 2013

Koontz Favs

I've been going through my book shelf and found so many older Dean Koontz books.  Here are my top fav Dean Koontz books.  I highly recommend all of them, especially if you love creepy mystery novels.

It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than absolute darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.

Fear for your mind.

One of Koontz's best-loved novels of psychological suspense, The Door to December takes readers into the darkest recesses of the human mind-and into the tempest of a father's obsession.

*DtoDec is one of the creepiest novels I've ever read. But it's incredible!*

The dead don't talk. I don't know why.” But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to do his best by the silent souls who seek him out. Sometimes they want justice, and Odd’s otherworldly tips to Pico Mundo's sympathetic police chief, Wyatt Porter, can solve a crime. Occasionally they can prevent one. But this time it's different.

A mysterious man comes to town with a voracious appetite, a filing cabinet stuffed with information on the world's worst killers, and a pack of hyena-like shades following him wherever he goes. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him. His most ominous clue is a page ripped from a day-by-day calendar for August 15.

Today is August 14.

In less than twenty-four hours, Pico Mundo will awaken to a day of catastrophe. As evil coils under the searing desert sun, Odd travels through the shifting prisms of his world, struggling to avert a looming cataclysm with the aid of his soul mate and an unlikely community of allies that includes the King of Rock 'n' Roll. His account of two shattering days when past and present, fate and destiny converge is the stuff of our worst nightmares—and a testament by which to live: sanely if not safely, with courage, humor, and a full heart that even in the darkness must persevere.

In Portland, he saved a young boy from a drunk driver.  In Boston, he rescued a child from an underground explosion.  In Houston, he disarmed a man who was trying to shoot his own wife.  Reporter Holly Thorne was intrigued by this strange quiet savior named Jim Ironheart.  She was even falling in love with him.  But what power compelled an ordinary man to save twelve lives in three months?  What visions haunted his dreams?  And why did he whisper in his sleep: There is an Enemy. It is coming.  It'll kill us all...?

A year had passed since little Danny's death - a year since his mother began the painful process of acceptance.  But Tina Evans could have sworn she just saw her Danny in a stranger's car... Then she dreamed that Danny was alive.  And when she awoke, she found a message waiting for her in Danny's bedroom - two disturbing words scrawled on his chalkboard: Not Dead.

One year after the heart transplant the saved his life, thirty-five-year-old Ryan Perry has never felt better.  He's getting back everything he nearly lost forever - his business, his life, and, with luck, his beloved girlfriend.  Miracles do happen.  The the unmarked gifts begin to arrive - a box of candy hearts, a heart-shaped pendant.  Most disturbing of all is a graphic heart-surgery video and its chilling message: Your heart belongs to me.  Ryan is being stalked by someone who feels entitled to everything he has.  She's the spitting image of the twenty-six-year-old donor of the heart beating steadily in Ryan's chest.  And she's come to take it back.

Rachael's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband.  She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred.  Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident.  His death was instantaneous.  Shocked and relieved, Racheael had nothing left to fear.  Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachael was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband...

Spencer Grant had no idea what drew him to the bar with the red door.  He thought he would just sit down, have a slow beer or two, and talk to a stranger.  He couldn't know that it would lead to a narrow escape from a bungalow targeted by a SWAT team.  Or that it would leave him a wanted man.  Now he is on the run from mysterious and ruthless men.  He is in love with a woman he knows next to nothing about.  And he is hiding from a past he can't fully remember.  On his trail is a shadowy security agency that answers to no one - including the U.S. Government - and a man who considers himself a compassionate Angel of Death.  But worst of all, Spencer Grant is on a collision course with inner demons he thought he'd buried years ago - inner demons that could destroy him if his enemies don't first.

Michelina Bellsong is on a mission.  She is following a missing family to the edge of America... to a place she never knew existed...a place of terror, wonder, and shattering revelation.  What awaits her there will change her life and the life of everyone she knows--if she can find the key to survival.  At stake are a young girl of extraordinary goodness, a young boy with killers on his trail, and Micky's own wounded soul.

I've begun re-reading all of these this week.  I can't even tell you how many times I've read them and still find something new.  All of my copies look worn, and it's awesome!  What are your favorite Dean Koontz books?  Happy Reading!


  1. As you already know, I love Dean Koontz. You have just renewed a desire to re-read Dark Rivers of the Heart.

    1. yay!! :D I'm so glad!!

      I went SO long without reading a DK book (minus the Oddie series of course).


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