In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he 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, recreating
in detail Blackwood's crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family--his wife and three children--will be targets in the fourth crime, 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.
Here is ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.
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1 . Disturbing
Posted January 10, 2012 by Sue , ParishI like his books. I like the different style and content they are a great break from the "normal". This book I found disturbing, for whatever reason it bothered me. I finished it and I am glad I did. Liked the ending. I'm gonna lay off Koontz for a while.
2 . it was ok
Posted March 06, 2011 by harley , va beachIt was good, but not one of his best
3 . did not llike
Posted January 31, 2011 by Sherri , Halifaxdidnt like at all. gave it a try but couldnt even finish it.
4 . My opinion
Posted January 28, 2011 by Pam Wells , Niagara Falls, CanadaWhen I read a book it is just for pleasure - so I don't spend too much time picking apart what's realistic and what isn't. It is - after all - fiction, and meant to entertain. I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz books and I enjoyed this one as well. It was different than some - but if they were all the same style and type I would soon get bored of him so I'm not complaining. I read this one quickly as it was hard to put down. Enjoyed it!!! Waiting eagerly for the next Dean Koontz book!
5 . Its about time...
Posted January 25, 2011 by Martha , DetroitIt's about time Koontz wrote a good ghost story!! The story was excellent and characters that you can relate to. Read it!
6 . So epic.
Posted January 25, 2011 by Eli , landenburgIt's the best book I have ever read in my life. In the beginning it starts as a kid who brutally slays his parents and Grandma and then rapes & kills his sister. Seems like a regular murder mystery until.... More people die more people are raped and a detective is on the list but cannot figure out how to save his family from a killer that has already destroyed a generation of his family.
Lets cut to the chase.
5 starts out of 5
7 . Wish Dean's new dog was a better muse...
Posted January 09, 2011 by Susan , GrotonI think Anna hasn't proven to be as great an inspiration as Trixie was... This novel was trite and ridiculous, beginning to end. I couldn't get into the characters, felt the main character was boring, flat and even whiney. The story was never fully explained, and it dragged along... I've read worse, and it wasn't "horrible", but Koontz has much better novels out there... A little disappointing...
8 . I have read almost every Dean Koonts books.
Posted January 08, 2011 by Peggy , Iowa ParkI agree with others that his last two books Relentless and Breathless were not his best but What the Night Knows grabbed me fom the beginning and kept me mesmorized. A ghost, a demon, good verses evil. I had to put it down before bed time and do something to get it out of my mind to be able to sleep. Towards the ending I could not put it down and the ending satisified and soothed me. Almost all of his stories contains a dog, mostly golden retreivers and ones with more than normal doggie powers or instincts.
Now I am to satisify my mind with other books till he writes us another of magic, suspence, good and evil.
December 28, 2010
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