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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

The Mask

THE MASK If horror is your favorite subject, then the right book for you would be The Mask. Written by Dean Koontz, this book keeps you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. If you are familiar with Dean Koontz and his books, then you would know that ...
THE MASK If horror is your favorite subject, then the right book for you would be The Mask. Written by Dean Koontz, this book keeps you on your toes wondering what is going to happen next. If you are familiar with Dean Koontz and his books, then you would know that he likes to switch back and forth from scenes in his stories as if it were a movie. I don¿t read many books, but I would have to say that I loved reading this well-written novel. I will have to say that I was a bit scared in some parts of the story, but I managed from shaking in my boots. It all starts in the prologue with a girl named Laura who is forced to clean in the cellar of her house as punishment. She hates cleaning the cellar because she has arachnophobia. Besides the cellar is always dark and there is hardly any light for her to see where to clean. All of a sudden she hears something from upstairs, sort of like a shout and footsteps running everywhere. She doesn¿t know what is happening, and then all of a sudden it starts getting harder for her to breathe. A fire has started in the house. She tries to escape up the stairs of the cellar to see what¿s going on, but her dress holds her back. She can¿t get out and she starts getting dizzy. She feels like she is about to faint when she falls to the ground and realizes that it¿s easier for her to breathe. She tries to find a route of escape to the banging on the cellars double doors from her aunt Rachel. Her aunt Rachel is banging louder and louder, trying to help Laura but the doors are locked from the inside. Its getting hard for Laura to think straight for all she can think about is how her mother put her in the cellar to clean. From there the reader is introduced to different characters as it starts the true beginning of the book with a couple named Carol and Paul Tracy at an adoption agency trying to get confirmed to adopt a child. Many weird things start to happen to the couple and a psychiatrist named Grace. The reader eventually discovers that the girl in the prologue is tied to these people and others through a series of reincarnations. The book is very well written and seems as it can published into a movie. It seemed like if I was watching a scary movie at the theatre. Koontz goes from scene to scene and keeps the mystery good throughout the book. Characters are described thoroughly along with their thoughts. The characters are realistic for the most part with somewhat supernatural forces on some characters. The mystery, of course, is not revealed until the end of the book so it makes you want to finish. I think this is by far the best book I have ever read and recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery. Koontz is a good writer of mystery and horror. I like to watch movies, and the whole time I was reading the book, I kept mental notes as if I was watching one. It scared me to a certain extent though, but I loved that feeling, and it made me want to read more and find out what was going to happen next.

posted by Anonymous on March 12, 2004

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Disapointing!

This book was not one of my favorite, I would not reccomend this unless you have a lot of valuble time to waste. The beginning starts of pretty good and grabs your attention but the book's middle builds you up and the ending lets you down and a lot of things un answere...
This book was not one of my favorite, I would not reccomend this unless you have a lot of valuble time to waste. The beginning starts of pretty good and grabs your attention but the book's middle builds you up and the ending lets you down and a lot of things un answered.

posted by Calebsmumma on December 17, 2008

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  • Posted December 17, 2008

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    Disapointing!

    This book was not one of my favorite, I would not reccomend this unless you have a lot of valuble time to waste. The beginning starts of pretty good and grabs your attention but the book's middle builds you up and the ending lets you down and a lot of things un answered.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2000

    A 15-year-old lady handy with an axe.

    No, this is not 'The Mask' of Jim Carey fame, or 'The Mask' of Cher fame. That there are so many 'The Mask' stories around is a sign that authors need to start using longer titles after a three-decade fad. Some pretty good excitement, mystery, and chills here, but there were so many obvious signs of the supernatural happening to everybody at once that I can't believe real people would universally choose to ignore them. The climax was also too predictable for my taste; maybe the book was written before Koontz fully refined his mystery-writing skills. Enjoy spiders, little girls, a nude teen, blood, axes, severed heads, a poltergeist, a berserk house cat, a disappearing man, hypnosis, and reincarnation. The thing with the deformed mouth calling to Grace from inside her bedroom was definitely frightening!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Not my favorite

    It had good parts but also i could predict a lot of things and it kinda bored me at times but other than that it was good but still not my favorite

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    It was alright.

    I absolutely love Dean Koontz. All his books always keep me on the edge of my seat. The Mask really wasn't that scary at all. Sure, it had its creepy moments, but not much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Terrible ending

    Ended to abrubtly

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    I've read better

    Although a big Dean Koontz fan, this one failed to grip me like his other books have. I don't regret reading it but it was very slow and the ending just seemed to end with no real intention for doing so. I just think that he could have done better with this one however it was one of his earlier works so I think he has come a long way.

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