The Darkest Evening of the Year

The Darkest Evening of the Year

by Dean Koontz
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The Darkest Evening of the Year 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 203 reviews.
kristaleighbird More than 1 year ago
If you love animals and if you love Dean Koontz, you will LOVE this book. A little tamer than some of his past works, but I actually enjoyed that about it.
SuspenseJunky More than 1 year ago
This book is Dean Koontz at his best. But then again, all his books are. There are few authors that I enjoy as much as I do Dean Koontz and have read them all evr since the first one I picked up; The Watchers.
Kessalynn More than 1 year ago
The book was wonderful. You fall in love with the personality of all of the characters. The bad characters give you a weird detached from the world feeling, and the good one's give you the same feeling. It is a very grabbing book, I could hardly put it down to go to work. Definitely worth the read.
Immortal-Spirit More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz is a master of keeping you on your toes. I have read many of his books, but this one is so touching. Any fan of Mr. Koontz should read this. In my opinion, it's one of his best. You will laugh, cry and get angry all at once.
JBG6000 More than 1 year ago
It was hard to read at first with all the jumping around and learning characters that you didn't understand why you were learning about them but it all makes since in the end. It was a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this story. not typical koontz, maybe that is what makes it special.
fowlert More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing, this book has it all, love, hate, cruelty and passion. but it is not for the faint of heart. id like to say id recomend it to everyone, it may be hard for some to follow. it has all the elements of a good mystery, but yet its more realistic fiction, so see for yourself and read The Darkest Evening of the Year.
Kjones77 More than 1 year ago
This book was really good, however, it would have been even better if the ending didn't feel so rushed. I enjoyed the characters immensely and thought that the story line was unique and well thought out. I must say that there are some really violent scenes in this book that might be disturbing for some people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Koontz is my guilty indulgence. He draws you in and makes it impossible to stop reading. He's pretentious, though. In this book, he did a great job explaining how dog rescues work within the context of the story. However, when educating readers about Second Life or the inner workings of lighthouses, he writes in a condescending tone. Granted, his books aren't scholarly works or anything, but should he, as the author, really be assuming total idiocy of his readership? This is a common problem, not exclusive to this book. A problem with this book in particular is just the way it all wraps up way too quickly and conveniently in the end. One of the things I loved about Koontz was that his books all had a scientific explanation, or if they had a supernatural bent it was more of a suggestion or possibility. I got really frustrated with the lack of mystery in this novel. All that said, I read the book in less than a day and enjoyed doing so very much. GREAT beach read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I really loved this title, much more so than Mr. Koontz's last two releases, THE GOOD GUY and THE HUSBAND. Although this title follows in the same vein as regards to time (it only covers roughly 48-hours), it has characters who are easier to relate to and a chilling, supernatural-based storyline.

As the other reviewer mentions, it's a kind of memorial to Mr. Koontz's own Golden Retreiver, Trixie, who has passed away. In the book, a dog named Nickie is at the center of the story, along with the humans that she must protect.

This is an emotional thriller with some pretty messed-up bad guys, and if you like that type of story, you'll love this one, too!
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LisaDunckley More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz is always good, although this is not one of his best. The heroes in this book are Amy Redwing, a woman who was emotionally abused as a child AND by her ex husband, and Brian McCarthy, who is crazy in love with Amy, and who helps her in her chosen field of running a rescue for Golden Retrievers. Amy risks her life to rescue Nickie, and bonds instantly with this Golden, adopting her to live with Amy and her two other Goldens. But Nickie is more than she seems, and other dogs (as well as some children) are somehow aware of this. Amy's ex husband has teamed up with the mother of Brian's child (who he's never been allowed to meet). They are both insane and want nothing more than to destroy Amy and Brian—and they are willing to use Brian's daughter (who they call Piggy) to do it. The scenes with the Goldens are wonderful—you can tell that Dean Koontz loves dogs, and Goldens in particular (he has numerous books featuring Goldens!). The story was good, the book was interesting. The scenes with multiple layers of bad guys betraying and using each other were all very good. The things that made this book less than great were that the main villains seemed like recycled versions of his other villains from other books. And some of the story line was too coincidental and slightly hard to believe. I mean, obviously you have to suspend belief while you are reading ANY fiction book, and Dean Koontz tends to have supernatural elements, and I'm not referring to those. I'm talking about things like how the main criminals met, and some of the stuff that they did. Something of a nitpick, but Dean Koontz can and does do better in other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many cold blooded killers but.....the dog theme is a good one although stretching it at the end.
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My husband who doesnt read loved and recommended thi book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
not a big fan of Dean koontz but this book was good
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I own the hard copy of this and I didnt think I would like it, but, it kept me on my toes wondering what was next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down
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great book to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great nook purchase. Dean Koontz again at his best.
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This book has twists and turns galore and will get you hooked from the very beginning. There are definitely some disturbing characters and situations, but the good in the story definitely shines through. Don't miss out on this one!