The Neighbor (Short Story)

The Neighbor (Short Story)

by Dean Koontz

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Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story - a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koontz. the year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other's best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents' unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804180672
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 34
Sales rank: 35,457
File size: 2 MB

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, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.


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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The Neighbor (Short Story) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really packs a punch. Found myself holding my breath for a couple of pages near the end! Excellent usual.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
31 pages. $1.99. Good for being so short. I think it cost too much for the length, but I am glad I read it. I am not writing much, because other reviewers almost rewrote the entire book. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had me in suspense the whole time, great details for a short story. Keep it coming!
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Chelle: --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls What a great little teaser into the world of The City (coming 7/1). In true Dean Koontz fashion, The Neighbor is a beautifully written glimpse into some of the characters and the world that will make up The City and will make the reader want the full length book immediately. Written in first person from Malcolm's point of view, it outlines a preternaturally charged event between him and his sister, and the neighborhood ghost. It was chilling, gripping, and emotionally charged. And honestly, it was chilling more for the fact of the evil that exists within human nature that was explored, than for the supernatural elements that were introduced. This was a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't wait to see what Dean has in store for us fans in The City. It seems like it'll be different than anything he's written, and I, as a diehard fan, look forward to that with each new Dean Koontz book I pick up and am amazed every single time that he can continue to do it. I always know it's going to be a unique and precious gift from the mind of a true master. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good story. Please don't complain about the length which is clearly stated. I have eaten cheese burgers that didn't last as long and were not nearly as satisfying. Thank you Mr. Koontz.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No need to buy the book thanks to plot spoilers revealing the entire book. Bn, cant you do something to these rude people who keep ruining books by telling the entire story line in theire review? Please ban them or something.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love both Dean Koontz and Stephen King, along with several others. Koontz and King write very similiarly, altho King is "crazier". I don'think I would want to spend a dark night in a dark cellar with King, but with Koontz, it would almost soothing. Is it, maybe, because Koontz shows so much love for his dogs? He just doesn't "look" like a scary horror writer. Love their books, though, esp. Koontz's.
John_C_01 More than 1 year ago
Many of DK's novels have bizzare and scary characters and situations. This short story is no exception. I don't know how he does it. A must-read before reading "The City" which I am well into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick paced. Very good story. I really like these kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book but way to short.
Hiddobug More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish!
donlow More than 1 year ago
Excellent story and a great lead-in to The City.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a short story this was good..
Anonymous 13 days ago
Written in a youthful voice as if I was reading a teen novel, it becomes an adult thriller minus the details. It seems to not be sure if it is a teen novel or an adult thriller.
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Quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, but not worth a dollar...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great short story where Koontz is at his chilling best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok as a short, very short, suspense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little short story. Jumps into the story fast, quick read (31 pages). Worth the $0.99.
Ghee More than 1 year ago
Really liked it. Short Story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet.