The Moonlit Mind (Novella): A Tale of Suspense

The Moonlit Mind (Novella): A Tale of Suspense

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by Dean Koontz

In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new novel, 77 Shadow Street, with a mesmerizing tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats . . . both human and otherwise.

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In this chilling original stand-alone novella, available exclusively as an eBook, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz offers a taste of what’s to come in his new novel, 77 Shadow Street, with a mesmerizing tale of a homeless boy at large in a city fraught with threats . . . both human and otherwise.

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.

There is more to this world, and its darkest corners yet to be encountered, in this eBook’s special bonus: a spine-tingling excerpt from Dean Koontz’s forthcoming novel, 77 Shadow Street.

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The Moonlit Mind (Novella): A Tale of Suspense 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 264 reviews.
Celaineygirl More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading some of the nasty reviews of this book and was shocked and disheartened, so I am adding one of my own. I just finished this ibook and was ENTHRALLED. It was another Koontz Masterpiece! I was definitely on the edge of my seat and finished it in record time. I have ready every single Dean Koontz book, and contrary to what others negatively described as "not at all like the other Koontz books before" I found it just as incredible and mind consuming as all his fiction writing. Yes the subject in this particular book is disturbing in content but it is a fictional account of the reality of a very pure evil. Its what Dean Koontz does in his style of fiction and does EXCELLENTLY. This is his style of thriller fiction to a tee. Dean captures describes evil in such a way that all your senses are wide open and you're THERE in evil's very presence and likewise describes good triumphing over evil in such a way that you are undulating with celebration as though you conquered it yourself! I loved this book and it confirms once again for me there is no writer that compared to Dean Koontz. Hands down, there is NONE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the Koontz I grew up with, certainly, but a mighty leap from lackluster tales like From the Corner of His Eye, False Memory and One Door Away from Heaven (all worthy novels, just not Koontz level in my mind). While it is just a short precursor, it goes a long way to getting me help me make the determination to pick up this new novel as soon as it's released. Creepy and atmospheric, this tale is wonderful reading from a chilly winter's night. A novella truly deserving of the Koontz name.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the moonlit mind by Dean Koontz quite entertaining. It is a great quick read, and very curious story. It keeps your interest and has you ready to read Koontz' upcoming novel 77 Shadow Street. I highly recommend this short story.
kah9932 More than 1 year ago
The end of the Frankenstin series had me wonding if Dean Koontz had lost it, but this Novella just shows he still has game. Love it, well worth the money spent
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
12-year-old Crispin lives on the streets with his dog Harley, who has an uncanny ability to guide Crispin out of danger. At 9 years of age, Crispin witnessed the disappearance of his sister and the horrific murder of his brother and now he’s running for his life from his mother and stepfather and a multitude of people who share their beliefs. But Crispin knows he cannot be free until he puts an end to the evilness that resides in his parents’ house. No author can meet Koontz’s skill at portraying evilness and the characters that do its deeds. As always, there is a heroic dog involved, which this reviewer appreciates, but this time the protagonist is a child instead of the usual adult(s) on the run from whatever deviltry is after them. With great skill, Koontz weaves a suspenseful story made more horrific because it could actually be reality. A tale one thinks can have no happy ending yet Koontz manages to end it on an upbeat note. This novella reminds this reviewer of Koontz’s earlier work, which was so powerful and thrilling to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exceptional's suspenseful and has great character development with an intricate plot.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
really liked this novella. different than the other books I read by D.K., but great nonetheless.
Lanie75 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novella, I was just sad it was so short! As is typical of Dean Koontz tales, it was an interesting storyline filled with good guys you really care for and the creepiest of bad guys. And it definitely got me primed to read the new novel, 77 Shadow Street.
She-Wolf More than 1 year ago
Loved the story and the ending to this. It's a great book with nonstop interesting turns to it.
ALG64 More than 1 year ago
Had I read the synopsis first, I wouldn't have read this book. I've read almost everything by Dean Koontz and this was the worst. I DON'T like anything about Satanists'or brutilizng children and this story was all of that....don't waste your time.
nitwhip More than 1 year ago
I love Dean Koontz because he is unpredictable, makes the unbelievable believable and you never know where he is going with it. This does all of that. The wonderful thing about this author is you never know what he is going to write about until he has you hooked. He has wonderful characters and this is no exception. 77 Shadow Street here I come!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Anyone who enjoys mystery with a little paranormal thrown in should at least try this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read a great deal of Dean Koontz. I read WHAT THE NIGHT KNOWS and enjoyed it, so I decided to take a chance on this novella and wasn't disappointed. I couldn't put it down. Crispin and his furry companion, Harley, are characters I got attached to. I did find myself reading faster so I could see how it all would end. Mr. Koontz wove together a great tale.
mookie9016 More than 1 year ago
Would recommend this to anyone....just wish it was longer!!!
Cisco_Kid More than 1 year ago
Scary stuff.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well done short story by Dean Koontz.
jdoria More than 1 year ago
As you would expect from any Dean Koontz book, this one keeps you on the edge of your seat from the beginning. I found it thrilling,and Loved it,save one complaint.The same complaint I have with all novella's-it ends far too soon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this....hope 77 shadow street is good as well. Koontz has let me down in the prior few releases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short but perfectly "Koontz" story! There's a smart child, a fantastic dog, good and evil and a touch of healthy love ... what more can we ask for?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since I've read many other books by this author, I was excited to check this novella out. It is a good read, but the chapters skipped back and forth from past and present events, which was confusing at times, yet I WANTED to keep reading until I was finished. I read the story a second time where it fell into place much better. I felt for the main character, Crispin, who had to fend for himself for so long, and had to see things no one should ever have to see! The author still has that ability to reach into your soul and make you wonder what is and isn't real!
windergalJB More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed this author's earlier books, you will love this short book. I liked the story and the main characters so much that I tried to read as slow as possible. Unfortunately, the end came much too soon. I hope Mr. Koontz will revisit this story and give us more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great story! I was scared for the kids and angry at the mother and was so happyvat the ending! I want to know whats next....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story far more than I did 77 Shadow Street! It should have been longer. I was sorely disappointed when I reached the last page because there weren't any more pages to turn!!