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Shattered
     

Shattered

3.6 19
by Dean Koontz
 

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Getting there is supposed to be half the fun, but #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz shows readers just how bad a cross-country trip can get...

The van was in back of them again. Closer this time. There could be no mistake—they were being followed. But why? The question kept nagging at Alex and Colin as they left Philadelphia behind

Overview

Getting there is supposed to be half the fun, but #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz shows readers just how bad a cross-country trip can get...

The van was in back of them again. Closer this time. There could be no mistake—they were being followed. But why? The question kept nagging at Alex and Colin as they left Philadelphia behind and sped toward their new home in San Francisco. Courtney would be waiting for them, ready to begin a wonderful new life with her husband, her brother...
 
Now, someone else is driving cross-country to see Courtney, too. Someone whose brain is rotting inside. Someone who knows their route, their stops, even their destination. And he won't rest until he finds them.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A chilling tale…sleek as a bullet!”—Publishers Weekly

“Catches you by the throat and won’t let go.”—Chicago Sun-Times

More Praise for Dean Koontz

“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press

“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425099339
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1986
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
255,185
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 8.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet 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.

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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Shattered 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not the typical horror story which explains all the gruesome events nor is it a mystery/thriller which is simply a murder/psycho case. It is something in between of each & has even more to offer. True, the plot seems so simple --the drive from Philly to SF, a madman stalking our protagonists. However, I noticed that the readers are not spoonfed & even enjoy room for their own thinking & imagination. We all know that Lelan was suffering from an intense migraine, but was there a sinister force behind that caused it & made him think/act accordingly? Likewise, was there some evil force spreading around which cause people (e.g. gasoline man, the hotel lady & Capt. Ackridge) to act so envious & indiffirenly towards others? & what about the last part when Alex mentioned he had lost something --- was that caused by the dark force moving around Leland or simply human nature?; & will that change him for the rest of his life for better of for worse? I agree there was a lot of loopholes in between & some incontinuity of events but that only made the simple story more unpredictable. & though simple & basic as it seems, it caters more to the imaginative mind.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. The characters and storyline were great. Traditional Koontz exept for the fact that there was no science or supernatural activity. Though this book was considerably shorter than most DK books I enjoyed it immensely. The only bad things in the story was the fact that some of the character's story wasn't finished(ex. Detective Ernie Hoval)
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was very fast paced and had a lot of suspence and easy to read this was my first dean koontz and it will not be my last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very well written story! Interesting characters, fascinating twists and turns. This book definitely captured me from the beginning all the way to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Different style and subject matter for Koontz. It was noticeably shorter than any other of his novels, and it didn't involve science or the supernatural, only a psycho with a gun and an axe, following a man and his son by car across the country. Still, it had many elements of the usual Koontz formula: threatened child (a boy this time, not a girl), action, romance, some mystery, some California, untrustworthy police, independent types with dysfunctional backgrounds, and a woman teasing her lover about sex. It's readable, but not one of Koontz's best. That someone would put off calling the police for so long was unrealistic (I would've called on the 2nd or 3rd sighting!), but the scene with the arrogant Southern cops explained that reasonably well, and was one of the better scenes in the book. I couldn't see what the title had to do with the story, though; I wish Koontz would get away from the one-word title fad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a great book, well planed & very scary.I really think everyone who likes Dean Koontz should read this book!