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A mother’s greatest wish - or worst nightmare - comes true in this chilling novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Tina Evans has spent a year suffering from incredible heartache since her son Danny's tragic death. But now, with her Vegas show about to premiere, Tina can think of no better time for a fresh start. Maybe she can finally move on and put her grief behind her.

Only there is a message for Tina, scrawled on the chalkboard in Danny's room: NOT DEAD. Two words that send her on a terrifying journey from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the cold shadows of the High Sierras, where she uncovers a terrible secret...

©1981 by Leigh Nichols, 1996 by Nkui, Inc. (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Dated, ridiculous and predictable

Back in the early eighties this probably worked, in an early Stephen King way, (firestarter), but its barely listenable now, even though it's apparently been polished up by Koontz for reissue. The characters are impossibility fake, the dialogue dreadful. The narration doesn't help, brings no gravitas, just breathy cheap emoting.

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First audiobook

This was my first audiobook and to be honest I wish my first choice had been better. I had heard a lot about this book and was really looking forward to the story but it was not what I was expecting. I found the story quite boring and even fell asleep more than once during the telling. I found the narrators voice dull and flat, maybe if there had been more inflections in her voice throughout the story it wouldn't have been as bad.

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Life Imitating ART ? Dec 2019

I Could not believe it when I read an excerpt from this book then looked at the newspaper and heard the news coming out of China. But then again this book is based on actual places and loosely based on establishments doing science that could easily go wrong and cause massive global implications !......Feb 2020

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This shows how important the narrator is.

The reading feels very flat and mechanic, like I was listening to Alexa or Siri. The characters are a bit flat and boring, they feel like Ken and Barbie. The storyline is interesting and if you want something easy to read it's an ok book.

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it's got nothing to do with wulham China I was mi

it has got nothing to with wulham China coronavirus I was mislead thanks but no

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Don't purchase for the Corona reason

I purchased and downloaded this book after the circulated messages and after many painful hours ( I wasted ) in the last chapter they talked about a virus which has nothing to do with Covid 19 so don't waste your credit or money on this book.

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Good story

I loved the story . The performers voice was slightly annoying and she often had a humorous tone in her voice when there was absolutely no humour intended in the story. so that was a bit off putting.

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One of my favourites

This is one of my favourite books to read and I enjoy the audiobook just as much.

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loved it!

great story, with as usual a great twist, defiantly recommended, the narrator was very good

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Slow start but very good

Originally downloaded this as I heard it predicted the corona virus 30 years prior... which isn’t the case.
The book is entertaining though and a good read.

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  • julia smith
  • 21-02-20

For the people that curious about the parallel everyone talking about between coronavirus and this books prediction of it.

yes, it has some writing about the virus that one of the scientists from China brought to a secret lab in America.
And yes, the virus was originated from Wuham town, biochemical laboratory 🔬 in China.
It didn’t called coronavirus, but was scary enough in its aftermath distraction.
Actually, the book was very interesting and kept me fully engaged through out the whole entire time!

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  • Sean DePue
  • 12-12-15

Excellent

I am not one who will sit down and read a book. I don't have the attention span for it, and maybe the imagination. For some magical reason my mother got me this book for my birthday when I was about 16. I don't know why I picked it up and started reading it. All previous attempts by my mother failed. But as soon as I got past chapter one I was obsessed. Couldn't put it down. Read it all in 2 days. A love for reading followed. It's been about 15 years since I read this book and I travel a lot for a living. I saw this book as a suggested title for a audio book and I thought, "I should read that again!" And as a father now - it definitely strikes a different cord. Great book!!! Will listen/read it again soon....

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  • Bshawfoolery
  • 14-01-16

This book serves Hitchcock & Twilight Zone love

it has the pace of an action movie, with a gradual supernatural element.Koontz has written (according to the entertaining afterword) a basis for a hit suspense thriller.Definitely one of his hidden gems.
Tanya Eby did a great job expressing the grief, terrors, and determination of a mother..not to mention the oddball moments that we all encounter at the most unlikely times.

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  • George
  • 31-07-14

Twisty

I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't put it down. It's a sci-fi thriller wrapped in a whodunit with a touch of mother bear and her cubs. Enjoyable read, one of Dean Koontz's first. However, unlike some Koontz novels, I wouldn't be afraid to listen in the dark.

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  • Althea
  • 15-06-10

The Eyes of Darkness

I enjoyed the book very much. I think Dean Koontz has done it again this was a thrill ride to very end.

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  • 🌟SL Cole
  • 08-03-20

Wasn’t too sure about this at first...

... but it went one way for awhile & then started veering off at another angle & I knew I was gonna like the ending when I sensed where that was. And I did. If you feel a little put off the first quarter or so, I’d encourage you to stay with it longer.

I really enjoyed the relationship of the two primary characters & found them very comfortable to hang with through their adventures. I’d have loved another couple chapters but have to say, chapter 41 left me totally satisfied... and giggling like crazy!

Whatever your expectations may be at the beginning there are serious kinks in the road along the way to get you to a very different end.

Perhaps I found this book satisfying, however, for completely different reasons than the author probably intended & than some may ever pick up on. If you are part of the #GreatAwakening, you’ll recognize reality playing out right now (March 2020) in tantalizing threads between the lines. In which case, you’ll likely enjoy this book as well on more than one level. Would love to compare notes!

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  • Gabriel
  • 29-06-17

Awesome!

Ive never come across a book by Dean that I have not been satisfied with! Very gripping and enthralling story. Would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-10

The Eyes of Darkness

Well written but you need to like Science Fiction to truly enjoy this book. I enjoyed it and would say ---read it- it ends where you think-this needs a follow up. What is next?

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  • donna
  • 27-05-10

some times you win

as with all D.K books its either his or miss unfortuatley this was a near hit but not quite. On the other hand he gives an acount of the delopment of the book and a related TV series that never was and that is worth the credit to listen to, very entertaining, thats why I gave it the thrid star.

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  • Michael
  • 21-03-10

Koontz-lite

The characters are significantly weaker than Koontz at his best. Koontz redid this kind of story better in another novel - with more characterization of the kid. I still liked this version but it is not the best of Koontz.

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