A classic novel by John D. MacDonald with an exclusive introduction written and read by Dean Koontz.
An insane criminal threatens to destroy a family, and the police are powerless to protect them.
For 14 years convicted rapist Max Cady nursed his hatred for Sam Bowden into an insane passion for revenge. He lived only for the day he would be free - free to track down and destroy the man who had put him behind bars. Murder was merciful compared to what Cady had in mind - and what Cady had in mind was Bowden's innocent and lovely teenaged daughter....
©1957, 1958 John D. MacDonald Publishing, Inc. Copyright renewed 1985, 1986 by John D. MacDonald. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
"A powerful and frightening story." (The New York Times)
We all know how the story ends, but MacDonald builds the tension until it shreds your nerves.
This book disturbed me. It's been a longtime since I've been able to say that about a book.
"Dated But Great"
It's made clear early in the book that the story is set on the early 1960s. If you never lived in that culture you won't understand the significance of all the time spent lightning, sharing, picking up putting down, and even smoking cigarettes. Just ignore all that. It's a great story. Enjoy it.
"Robert Mitchum is the bad guy"
I remember the movie. It was a bit different and a long time ago, but the suspense was there all the way through.
The narrator was good and the plot holds your attention. However, this is one instance where the movie is better than the book. Someone who has seen the original classic with Robert Mitch um and Gregory Peck will find the novel, especially the climax, to be less terrifying and suspenseful.
"enjoyed this book."
yes. i enjoyed the story very much.
for the most part yes. the subject was a naturally tense one.
he could have made his voice different for different characters. i thought he did a good job with kadey.
when the dog was killed. but there were several moments similar.
at first i was annoyed that kadey did not "say" much in the book. but then i thought about this. sam and his family did not know what he was doing either. this is what scared them.
"Great story, horrible narration."
As the headline says, the story was great, but the narration was absolutely horrible. Voice differentiation was almost completely lacking so you couldn't tell which of the characters were speaking a great deal of the time. This was particularly distracting when the husband and wife were speaking to one another. You would be better served to read the book.
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