Whispers

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He's back—the terror that stalked Hilary Thomas as a child is back in her life, in her house, at her bedroom door. She killed him once. But he keeps coming back. Again. And again...

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Overview

He's back—the terror that stalked Hilary Thomas as a child is back in her life, in her house, at her bedroom door. She killed him once. But he keeps coming back. Again. And again...

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“Pulls out all the stops…an incredible, terrifying tale.”— Publishers Weekly “Koontz is an expert at creating believable characters.”—The Detroit News and Free Press “One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News “Koontz’s gift is that he makes his monsters seem ‘realer,’ and he makes the characters who fight [them] as normal as anyone you’d meet on a street.”—Orlando Sentinel
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425181096
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/12/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 224,332
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

The books of Dean Koontz are published in 38 languages, and worldwide sales top 400 million copies. Eleven of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list, and several have been adapted into feature films and TV miniseries. Dean and Gerda Koontz live in southern California with their golden retriever, Anna, grand-niece of the famous and beloved Trixie.

Biography

He is one of the most recognized, read, and loved suspense writers of the 20th century. His imagination is a veritable factory of nightmares, conjuring twisted tales of psychological complexity. He even has a fan in Stephen King. For decades, Dean Koontz's name has been synonymous with terror, and his novels never fail to quicken the pulse and set hearts pounding.

Koontz has a lifelong love of writing that led him to spend much of his free time as an adult furiously cultivating his style and voice. However, it was only after his wife Gerda made him an offer he couldn't refuse while he was teaching English at a high school outside of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, that he had a real opportunity to make a living with his avocation. Gerda agreed to support Dean for five years, during which time he could try to get his writing career off the ground. Little did she know that by the end of that five years she would be leaving her own job to handle the financial end of her husband's massively successful writing career.

Koontz first burst into the literary world with 1970's Beastchild, a science fiction novel that appealed to genre fans with its descriptions of aliens and otherworldly wars but also mined deeper themes of friendship and the breakdown of communication. Although it is not usually ranked among his classics, Beastchild provided the first inkling of Koontz's talent for populating even the most fantastical tale with fully human characters. Even at his goriest or most terrifying, he always allows room for redemption.

This complexity is what makes Koontz's work so popular with readers. He has a true gift for tempering horror with humanity, grotesqueries with lyricism. He also has a knack for genre-hopping, inventing Hitchcockian romantic mysteries, crime dramas, supernatural thrillers, science fiction, and psychological suspense with equal deftness and imagination. Perhaps The Times (London) puts it best: "Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler."

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Shortly after graduating from college, Koontz took a job with the Appalachian Poverty Program where he would tutor and counsel underprivileged kids. However, after finding out that the last person who held his job had been beaten up and hospitalized by some of these kids, Koontz was more motivated than ever to get his writing career going.

When Koontz was a senior in college, he won the Atlantic Monthly fiction competition.

Koontz and Kevin Anderson's novel Frankenstein: The Prodigal Son was slotted to become a television series produced by Martin Scorsese. However, when the pilot failed to sell, the USA Network aired it as a TV movie in 2004. By that time Koontz had removed his name from the project.

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Koontz:

"My wife, Gerda, and I took seven years of private ballroom dancing lessons, twice a week, ninety minutes each time. After we had gotten good at everything from swing to the foxtrot, we not only stopped taking lessons, but also stopped going dancing. Learning had been great fun; but for both of us, going out for an evening of dancing proved far less exhilarating than the learning. We both have a low boredom threshold. Now we dance at a wedding or other celebration perhaps once a year, and we're creaky."

"On my desk is a photograph given to me by my mother after Gerda and I were engaged to be married. It shows 23 children at a birthday party. It is neither my party nor Gerda's. I am three years old, going on four. Gerda is three. In that crowd of kids, we are sitting directly across a table from each other. I'm grinning, as if I already know she's my destiny, and Gerda has a serious expression, as if she's worried that I might be her destiny. We never met again until I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. We've been trying to make up for that lost time ever since.

"Gerda and I worked so much for the first two decades of our marriage that we never took a real vacation until our twentieth wedding anniversary. Then we went on a cruise, booking a first-class suite, sparing no expense. For more than half the cruise, the ship was caught in a hurricane. The open decks were closed because waves would have washed passengers overboard. About 90% of the passengers spent day after day in their cabins, projectile vomiting. We discovered that neither of us gets seasick. We had the showrooms, the casino, and the buffets virtually to ourselves. Because the crew had no one to serve, our service was exemplary. The ship dared not try to put into the scheduled ports; it was safer on the open sea. The big windows of the main bar presented a spectacular view of massive waves and lightning strikes that stabbed the sea by the score. Very romantic. We had a grand time.

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Axton, Brian Coffey, K.R. Dwyer, Deanna Dwyer, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Anthony North, Richard Paige, Owen West, Aaron Wolfe
    2. Hometown:
      Newport Beach, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 9, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Everett, Pennsylvania
    1. Education:
      B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
    2. Website:

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    Koontz don't disappoint

    I am a great fan of Dean Koontz, and this book had twists and turns throughout. It kept me on my toes and was a definate page turner, even though some parts seemed unnecessary and a bit predictable.
    I would say that my only pet peeve on this book is the way the chapters are writen. I am a person who likes to read from chapter to chapter, but this 451 page book only has 7 chapters, so with my busy schedule, I simply couldn't go chapter to chapter, especially because some of the chapters were over 40 pages long. The chapters were layed out though to where I could find stopping points but I hate stopping in the middle of chapters.
    I would recommend this book to those who like Dean Koontz or are a fan of mystery/suspense novels.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Loveed it

    This was the first Dean Koontz book i read afted that i try to read all i come into contact by this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Great

    One of the first Koontz books I read and have been a fan for 20 years. Very good book. Have enjoyed all his books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    I will rp

    JAYKIT PLZ!!!!! AT GIK RES 2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Can I

    Please roleplay Jaykit, if he isn't taken? He'll be a quiet, calm, and side-kick like kit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Dovekit

    Please can i rp her?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Pebblekit

    Okay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Icefire

    Yes. Camp is at 'sylver' res1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2013

    Silvermist con.

    Half brothers and sister. During her warrior vigal she was catnapped and given the rest of her powers. And that is her bio

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2010

    Mostly bad, but some good.

    I've read so many Koontz books. First and favorite was Watchers. Love the Snow and Odd books. He has basically the same characters in every book and this is no exception. He can go on and on about the environment/atmosphere, but I was blown away how he went into so much detail about minor characters that had absolutely no bearing on the story at all. I ended up skimming 40% of the book. It is predictable throughout and the ending is anticlimactic to say the least. Plus he didn't unwind the story at all at the end to see what becomes of our do-gooding male lead and the strong, super-intelligent female lead. I thought there would be something redemptive at the end, but I was wrong.

    He wrote well about the urges and sexual relationship of the leads. Usually he is very PR, all fluff, when it comes to intimacy in relationships. I'm not sure when he became afraid to write the truth, but it was nice.

    There is an afterword that speaks to his working out his past in this book (as well as leaving his old typewriter). His publisher kept wanting it edited, but he wouldn't give. He should have given in. Then maybe it could be 3 stars. I don't need to hear about how a former drug dealer cleaned himself up and started creating designer dresses, especially when all the guy is doing in the story is helping detectives find a character that is also ultimately irrelevant.

    This book was a waste of time. Many better books.

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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    Suspensful

    Suspenseful with lots of twists and turns. There were a few parts that I felt drug on a bit, but overall not a bad read. Just when you think you have it figured out the direction Koontz is taking you, the plot twists.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

    Koontz consistently great reading

    Another in a long line of Koontz novels that keeps you interested and guessing all the way to the end. Many twists and turns that does not allow you to anticipate where you are heading.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    HOLDS YOUR ATTENTION FROM START TO FINISH!

    Since I have a lot of 'windshield' time for my job, I purchased this book on CD to listen to in my car. It keeps you captivated from the very start up to the very end. I found myself driving slower, and not getting out of my car right away once I had reached my destination. I wanted to be able to get in more of the story.

    William Dufris does an admirable job on the narration and the various character voices.

    Dean Koontz, I have recently discovered, is my favorite author. His way with the English language has me enthralled. I appreciate that his CD's are unabridged, so I don't have to miss a single juicy nugget of story!

    (I have shared this book on CD with a friend, and she liked it, too)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Great read!

    I just started reading Dean Koontz books and I never though I would read a book with so much suspense! I never knew what was coming next and the characters and plot are very believable. Very unpredictable and suspenseful, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers!

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  • Posted July 15, 2009

    Dean Koontz at his chilling best!

    This is not for the faint-hearted. I really have never read one of his books that I didn't love. I don't know how he comes up with his twisted characters and new plot lines. Definitely hard to put down once you start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2009

    Whispers Draws You In

    Possibly one of the best of Dean Koontz's early novels. The plot is filled with enough twists-and-turns to keep you reading long into the night. While essentially a plot-driven novel, Dean begins to develop his characters more fully here than in other early novels. In the Afterward, he reports not liking the "rigid Freudian psychology" underlying the story, but while his presentation of the character's psychology is rather simplistic and stereotypcial, it makes the story stronger and more interesting. This story is particularly creepy because the horror is rooted in the real world and not in the supernatural. There are some fantastic set pieces in this novel that no Koontz fan should miss. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2007

    A reviewer

    I just finished reading, and it was great! I love how it doesn't make the bad guys just black and white. It goes into what made them the way they are, and you can't help sympathizing with them. One thing I would suggest is read when this book was written before you read it. For awhile there I was like, 'Why don't any of these people have cellphones?' but then I read the copyright date. This book is also not for the feint of heart. There are some very disturbing scenes. I wouldn't read it to any kids unless you want them to have nightmares and possibly need major therapy like most of the characters in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2007

    keeps you reading u wont want to stop

    i am an 18 year old college student who loves dean koontz and i really enjoyed this book it kept me on the edge of my seat i always wanted to know if my prediction was right. it goes straight into it and doesn't drag along there are many twists in the story and things you will read that will just creep you out if you love books that have many twists and unexpected turns get this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    Deliciously Captivating

    This book is amazing. It has everything to offer. The plot is intruging, bringing new facts and twists along the way. Though, at one point it gets a little too disgusting (in some of the character's relationships) to enjoy, it is a ride to remember.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2005

    WOW!!!

    This book was AWESOME!!!!!! I loved loved loved it!! The plot twists were amazing and the characters were extremely well thought out!! I would recommend this book to EVERYONE!!!!

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