Strangers

Strangers

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by Dean Koontz
     
 

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"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." (The New York Times Book Review)

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"The plot twists ingeniously...chilling." (The New York Times Book Review)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Phantoms, Whispers and other thrillers takes an unconscionable time to tell his latest story. The ``strangers'' are thousands of miles apart when they begin to suffer inexplicable terrors. In California, Dom Corvaisis sleepwalks, fleeing from an unseen menace. In Massachusetts, gifted young Dr. Ginger Weiss's panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in the Midwest loses his faith suddenly, then finds he can heal fatally injured people. And, in Elko, Nevada, the owner of a motela tough ex-Marinebecomes paralyzed by fears of the dark. Mysterious clues bring these characters and others, similarly afflicted, to the motel, where apparently they had met long before. As they compare experiences, the victims realize they've been brainwashed and determine to find out why. That means facing death at the hands of a maniac in a scene that finally induces frissons of terror in the reader. But it's too late; Koontz has vitiated suspense throughout the narrative with numbing repetitions and long explanations of such matters as Jewish cooking, the baldachin over the altar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a weaver's tools, etc.
Library Journal
Six strangers are unaccountably seized by nightmares, attacks of fear, and bouts of uncharacteristic behavior. The six begin to seek each other out as puzzling photographs and messages arrive, indicating that the cause may lie in a forgotten weekend stay at an isolated Nevada motel. Koontz has topped a fine roster of horror and suspense novels with an almost unbearably suspenseful page-turner. His ability to maintain the mystery through several plot twists is impressive, as is his array of believable and sympathetic characters. With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year. Recommended for popular collections. Literary Guild dual main selection. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib . , Conn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425181119
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
161,682
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.41(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Unique spellbinder that captures the reader on the first page. Exciting, enjoyable, and an intensely satisfying read.

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
Website:
http://www.deankoontz.com

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Strangers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
Country_Boy9 More than 1 year ago
I've read the reviews posted on this book and I understand everyones opinion. However, please keep in mind Koontz wrote this book and had it originally published back in '86. He has evolved as a writer over the last 20 plus years. He still explores the same themes in his books, but his older books are just a bit different compared to his more recent books. Strangers is a huge tale that introduces multiple characters, both good and evil, that are all caught up in a singular event. I loved that Koontz wrote such a big, sweeping, epic book. This was tons of fun. I'm glad he explored each character and explained their motivations and backgrounds. It made this book all the more enjoyable for me. I was invested in each character and I wanted to see where the story was going. I was rooting for their success. I genuinely liked the good guys. I disliked the bad guys. This was a fun read for me, which explains why I've gone back and read it multiple times. I always get something new out of the story. Strangers, after all these years, has become a familiar friend for me. Dean Koontz writing in the 80's and early 90's was some of his best. Strangers is near the top of all his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another person stated this book was originally wrote in 86, this is true, as this was the first Dean Koontz book I had ever read. I remember it vividly, I was 6 pregnant with my son and was having complications. My Dr told me the best thing for me to do was go find a big book, and curl up with it and relax for the next 3 months. I took that to heart, and went to Longs Drugs and looked for the thickest book I could find, and Dean Koontz "Strangers" was it. It however did not last me 3 months as I couldn't put this book down. I found it very well written, very intense, exciting and I felt it introduced & explained the characters very well. I have read so many of Dean Koontz's novels since then, and while I agree his writing has changed since Strangers, I am still an avid reader of his work. I recently had had shoulder surgery and had to find something to occupy myself while healing, so my hubby bought me a Nook, First Author I looked up was of course Dean Koontz, and I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am to find this book available for the Nook. Give this book a chance, even if you have to put it down and pick it back up a few times. I have no doubt you will love this book, it is my all time favorite. Happy Reading!
Rach_09 More than 1 year ago
INCREDIBLE characters that you can't help but fall in love with, a twisted, captivating plot and satisfyingly creepy. It was a bit long (nearly 700 pages) but definitely worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had great character development and nothing was skipped or skimmed over. It was suspensful and although I have read several Dean Koontz books Intenisty, The Bad Place, Frankenstein Strangers is one of the best. I wanted so badly to learn the secrets behind the nightmares and when it was revealed I would have never guessed it. I didn't think this book would go into that direction. One of the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 4 times now in the last couple of years. The very first time I ever read it, after reading the last page, I started back at page 1 and read it again. Unbelievably thrilling, the ending left me with such a good and happy feeling that the only thing I was disappointed with in the entire book was that it ended, I wanted it to go on forever... Fantastic story, captivating characters, incredible ending!
Dommo More than 1 year ago
This was my first read from Mr. Koontz and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't mind learning of all the characters in this grand novel, or the pace with which he moved the story along to where the characters converged and I discovered their commonality. Intriguing. Koontz held my attention to the very end. I look forward to reading more novels from this author!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read some of the reader reviews and couldn't believe the negative ones, but that's why we all keep reading. This is a great book, and I admit on my first reading I may have become impatient with so many character backgrounds, but when I stayed with it, and it all came together, I was blown away. What a great concept, and I loved the goverment conspiracy (part of the reason I've read a lot of his books) and the coming together at the end. After my second reading, I tried to get my husband into it, but as he is more into audios....thats why I'm here now, to buy the audio for him. P.S. I never look up at the moon now without thinking 'THE MOON'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Dean Koontz. I've read more of his novels than any other author, but this book left me flat. I was so excited when the book started: the characters were great and the storyline was very interesting, but once you get to the end its so blah. Standard sci-fi, nothing interesting or unusual. The ending doesn't fit the build up. Also, I've never read a book with more narrative. You could go ten pages straight without a single line of dialogue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great Dean Koontz book and it is definitely one of his best. Dont listen to the reviewer who said there is a rape scene, because there isn't.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I normally love koontz, but this one here just seemed to drag on...which is odd, because there was excellent character development and everything else you look for in a good book, but I just couldn't bring myself to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book. It is so unpredictable. You expect one thing, and the exact oppisite happens. After you read the first part, you will have to finish it. This is his second book I've read, and I love his books more then Stephen King. He doesn't need to be all bloody and gorey or explain the romance to the tee to keep you interested.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrific. I couldn't put it down. So many different characters and scenarios...it will definitely keep you interested. And the ending is unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Dean Koontz; always have and always will. I am an avid reader of his books; have most of them in my home. However, this book was not all that it's cracked up to be. Koontz is an excellent writer, and this book was definitely well developed, but it kept me on the edge and let me down in the end. The concept with a spaceship and military scandals..that was too much to absorb. The characters were well captured and well portrayed, but the ending just shattered the brilliance of the whole development of the novel. Definitely NOT one of my favorites, but I can forgive him and keep moving on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Strangers was of the first of Koontz' books the I've read (and I've read most of them, including his earliest works under a different name) and I must say that he had me from the get go. I simply could not put the book down. At first, I thought that it was going to be like Stephen King, but he's not anything like King. Less gore, more suspense, makes you think at litte bit. A definite must for Phantom or Watcher fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a long time Koontz fan I did expect a great read, but was pleasantly surprised with just how involved and and mezmerized I became. My first Koontz novel was Bad Place, and until now has remained my favorite. Most of my friends are also big readers and therefore rather easy to persuade trying something new. I think my overall conclusion in converting friends to the "Koontz style" is they are either going to Love or Hate it with no in between. THANK YOU Mr. Koontz for so many hours of time in another place that I visit as often as possible. Terry B. A devoted follower.
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Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a birthday gift earlier this month from a friend who is just as much a Dean R. Koontz fanatic as I am. Needless to say, I couldn’t wait to read this highly recommended paranormal sci-fi from one of my all-time favorite authors, so I jumped right in. A whopping seven-hundred Kindle pages later I was left in awe as I always am when finishing one of Koontz’s exquisite works of genius.  Strangers isn’t merely an addictive read, but one that pulls you along and unexpectedly slings you in opposite directions just when you think you have a foothold on what’s going for what. The story starts out with three main characters, but gradually more are introduced and before you know it, there’s an entire bevy of characters to keep track off. By the time all the pieces of the puzzle start falling together of what happened that extraordinary night two summers ago at the Tranquility Motel, I knew exactly which character was which. The setting jumps from place to place as each character plays his/her part, but later they all come together in one location and the ball seriously gets rolling. These things, of course, are what any terrific book should be made off and actually it’s unnecessary for me to tell you how well Koontz plotted all this if you’re already a fan of his. The magic of this book is the story itself, and how precisely everything starts falling into place. Early on I had a hunch in which direction the story was moving, but once the military got involved, memory blocks were erected, and miraculous healing occurred, I was completely thrown off and – like I said before – flung in the opposite direction from what I initially presumed were happening to these poor frightened folks. I especially liked the conclusion and the sentiment for an idealistic world which Koontz leaves with the reader when turning the final page. Although I don’t think such a phenomenon would be beneficial to our existence with the current state of overpopulation, I do think it is a nice thought and a great way to end the book.    Strangers is no doubt a lengthy read, but one worthwhile to pursue with patience. The epic conclusion lived up to every expectation I had during the build-up, and I’m positive it will too for any die-hard fan of this skilled author who continually constructs one masterpiece after the other. 
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Being a fan of Dean Koontz, I was disappointed with the writing style. Though the theme of the story was good I felt he spent too much time detailing the characters, much which was not relevant to the actual story. I actually did not complete the story because I had some difficulty getting thru all the details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wordier than some by hin but if you've read him before you expect it. Read this book very young the first time and have been reading more of his work lately inckuding a few rereads from 20 yrs ago. This is one of my top 3 books by one of my favorite authors. Characters you will feel for, writing that is cohesive. In this day and age you have to live that!
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Spiralcity More than 1 year ago
Koontz rarely gets better!
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