Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine - with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace - safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him... and seep into his darkest nightmares. But not only his dreams are haunted.
The city he roams with Harley has secrets and mysteries, things unexplainable and maybe unimaginable. Crispin has seen ghosts in the dead of night and sensed dimensions beyond reason in broad daylight. Hints of things disturbing and strange nibble at the edges of his existence, even as dangers wholly natural and earthbound cast their shadows across his path. Alone, drifting, and scavenging to survive is no life for a boy. But the life Crispin has left behind, and is still running scared from, is an unspeakable alternative... that may yet catch up with him.
©2012 Dean Koontz (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a somewhat short Koontz novel and it lacks the twists and surprises of most Koontz. The development of the two main characters and dog are quite good, but there is not much development of the minor characters and virtually none for the key antagonist (very unusual for Koontz). The story setup and protagonist character motivation was interesting, but everything happens so fast it did not get the satisfaction I almost always get from Koontz. If you really like Koontz this definitely worth the time, just don’t expect the full Koontz experience. The narration was slightly monotonous and seemed to be in a scary story around the campfire tone, which was not bad, but did not add much.
"whoa! That was short!"
Definitely left me wanting more but still wrapped up the story. Very interesting and as someone described it as "Koontz-lite".
A bit shocked and wanted a sequel or for it to continue!
Performance was good. Liked... nothing I could pinpoint of disliking!
Yes! I feel they could expand on the story... it's never over till the fat lady sings right?
This story was very similar to a John Saul novel I recently listened to. This one was okay but somewhat predictable and not a 'suspense' novel. In my opinion, not one of Dean Koontz's best by any means. I was a little disappointed by this one.
"An excellent Koontz narrative"
If you like Odd Thomas and the numerous other characters created by Dean Koontz (who feels like an old friend to me at this point), then you'll love this book. The character is a modern Oliver Twist, and his partner a modern-day Mary Poppins (sort of). The characterizations in the book are done in Koontz's masterful style, and the story keeps moving forward. I really enjoyed the way the book was read too.
"Thought 77 Shadow Street was Suspenseful? Try this"
I rate Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense by Dean Koontz 5 of 5 stars. This short story is based on the novel 77 Shadow Street showing a different view of the events in that book. This story was short, strange (in a good way) and quickly built into a real suspense story. If you have read 77 Shadow Street then I can recommend this short story.
"A little disappointing"
It's so unusual for me to give a Koontz novel anything but 5 stars, but I was a little disappointed with this one. It's so SHORT. Riveting story line that draws you in immediately, as is typical with Koontz. But, I'm used to much longer, more involved stories. I didn't realize how short it was when I downloaded it. After 3 hours and 45 minutes, I feel like I'm just settling in to a story and all of a sudden, it was over. I felt like it ended somewhat abruptly. There were ends that were not tied up. This one could've easily been twice as long and it would've still been a great story.
"Short and Uninteresting"
I would have made this book longer, i would have put a twist or something in the book it felt morwe like a short story. Very disappointed in Dean Koontz it seemed like i was waiting for something that never came. VERY SAD AND DISAPPOINTED
Longer, more twists and turns and maybe a few more characters
The m other of the wifes new husband. They did not explain why they couldnt see through water or statues
"A Good Short Story"
Yes, it was interesting.
This book was unique and different, so I can't think of a comparison off the top of my head, but that's what made it good.
He had a great voice to listen to.
Towards the end when he finally returns to the manor. It was suspenseful, exciting, and hopeful all at the same time.
This was a good short story, if you're looking for a quick listen. I enjoyed it and I think you will too.
"I guess I'm not as deep as I use to be. H8ed it."
Hate to see Dean write just to write and maybe I'm not the emotional well I once was but this story foundered from the first chapter.
Sorry Mr. K but you can't hit all of them all out of the park.
"Really great all around!"
Fantastic and super natural, dark and harrowing.
This is a beautifully written novella. It's dreamy, but constantly threatening to fall into a nightmare.
Beautifully read by Peter Berkrot.
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