Night Chills

Night Chills

by Dean Koontz

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz unleashes a contagion on a small Maine town—one that triggers the darkest desires of the soul.

Designed by top scientists and unleashed in a monstrous conspiracy, night chills are seizing the men and women of Black River—driving them to acts of rape and murder. The nightmare is real. And death is the only cure...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425098646
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/15/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 179,060
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.02(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Night Chills 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Psychologically thrilling and highly disturbing! I immediately fell in love with these characters and absolutely could not believe what was going on the town of Black River! The residents are all with flu-like symptoms and have no idea that they are unwittingly being administered a drug through their drinking water! I liked how the book went into each of the three men's motives and desires for testing their product out on unaware citizens. You may also enjoy the other novels of Dean Koontz, especially the older ones. I also liked The Charm School by Nelson Demille, The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet, the novels of Tami Hoag, Tess Gerittsen and Patricia Cornwell. If you like Koontz, you would probably also enjoy Stephen King, Richard Laymon and John Saul.
Priscamor More than 1 year ago
From start to finish you are deeply involved in the story. This is definitely not a book for kids, because of the "darkness" and corruption in people, and because of very descriptive sexual moments that digs in deeper into the mind of a man corrupted by power.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This makes the second time that I have read this book and I promise that it was just as good the second time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Haveing read this book over a year ago, hardly ever does a day go by when I don't think of it. Not because of it's scary, (which it is) but because it has a lot of turth to it. The Author gives a list of referances, in the Note To Reader, that proves the horror of the subject matter to be very real. Every single person should read this book at one point or other to be awer of the truth thats all around them. Since reading this book I will never look at the world the same way.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As you wander throuigh this "conquering the world" story, one really doesn.t know could work or not. But with some 6 billion plus variables, i just do not think so.
CutestLilBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book gets off to a chilling start and Koontz does an excellent job of creating the setting for impending doom. By the middle and ending of the book, however, I am disturbed by several situations that just don't pan out quite right and the characters seem not fully fleshed out. The evil is unleashed when a behavior modification program via subliminal perception is being used by disturbed men who plan to take over the world. Even scarier, is the fact that the technology exists to perform this 'imaginative' feat. Koontz references this in the introduction. This is one of his earlier works, perhaps he just hadn't quite found his groove yet because the flaws I found in this book are definitely not evident in his latest works. But still, worth the read if you are a true Koontz fan...otherwise, you're not really missing anything if you pass. He has much better books out that use the same premise (behavior modification, mind control).
Blazingice0608 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tough one to score, on one hand i thought the book was spectacular, it had a very unique concept, took some very unexpected turns for the authors, had a very graphic and sick villian, depth in the characters, more realistic love story than the usual Koontz love story, and the book was arranged nicely in terms of going into the past leading up to the current crisis in the town, going in depth with the protagonist AND the villian which doesnt happen that often in newer Koontz novels with the villians, at least not to this degree anyway. With all that said, why only 3 and a half stars? Well, it had some serious flaws to go with it, for one, without spoiling anything, a particular thing that happened in the story wasnt handled very well imo, it required some serious emotion and it just didnt have it. The subliminal advertising thing was a really cool and unique concept, but he took it so far to the point where it became a little too much and difficult to believe, i like when Koontz takes a crazy concept and finds a way to make it believable, and he fails in this one. Also the supporting cast could have been given more depth, and the ending felt rather rushed to me although it still maintained suspense nonetheless.All in all a very enjoyable read especially for a big Koontz fan. Being one of his older works which arent too popular, i didnt expect much and i was pleasantly suprised to say the least, his older stuff is very underrated and this one is no different. It was a quick read of only 350 pages and was definitly worth it, even with its flaws its certainly not the worst Koontz book out there and i would still recomend it.
NKSCF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first Koontz book and I have to say that it was okay. Focusing on a town that has been chosen by a group of men that are preparing a massive subliminal messaging plan to challenge the world, Night Chills follows the townspeople as they begin to find out that something is going on and that they must stop it before the town is destroyed. This was a fun read, but it has its flaws, especially when it came to characterization, but they're easy to overlook. I've read better books, but I'm still looking forward to reading more of his works.
ggannell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very disappointing read. Good premise, but too much focus and detail on sex, not all relevant to the story. Too graphic for my liking.
armysparkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book started off good with a mystery and some action early on and as the story progressed it was quite an interestin premis ,then al of a sudden toward the end it became just plain daft as if the author just gave up or perhaps had hie seceratery finish the last couple of chapters overall nice try but no cigar
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz is judged by some to be a horribly formulaic author (the people on one listserv I was a part of absolutely detested him), but I've always enjoyed his books, although I certainly will not read him more then a couple times a year. Night Chills was written in the 1970's and the concept seems fairly is about a group of men who drug a small town in Maine and then feed them subliminal messages. One of the sex scenes (between the hero and heroine) made me roll my eyes and it added little to the plot, but overall it was a fast and interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great as always. Quick read when a book is so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was good. Then, that's it....blahhhh.
VJDJR More than 1 year ago
I like Koontz's work, but.... This just didn't do it for me.  Predictable and trite.  Characters drawn with very broad strokes. I much preferred Strangers ... or Watchers.  (Reading Phantoms now and am liking it.)
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Slow start but great story
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I am reading this book and as I read it (I am almost done with it), it has me sitting on the edge of my seat. Talk about scary. Dean Koontz does his usual - excellent writing. The characters are easy enough to follow and identify with. I would recommend this book to those that like the thrill of being scared. Enjoy!
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