What the Night Knows

What the Night Knows

A Novel

Large Print - 2010
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In the late summer of a long ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy.

Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, recreating in detail Blackwood's crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family--his wife and three children--will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer.

As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return.

Here is ghost story like no other you have read. In the Calvinos, Dean Koontz brings to life a family that might be your own, in a war for their survival against an adversary more malevolent than any he has yet created, with their own home the battleground. Of all his acclaimed novels, none exceeds What the Night Knows in power, in chilling suspense, and in sheer mesmerizing storytelling.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2010
Edition: 1st large print ed
ISBN: 9780739377970
0739377973
Characteristics: 575 p. (large print) ; 24 cm

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MaryMaryJ
Jul 15, 2014

This was frightening and gory - The suspense was intensified because of the children but the ending was a let down. Regardless, I enjoyed the suspense and the style of writing

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ABenoit
Apr 05, 2014

Ok one look at the first page and i couldn't look any further. So not a fan of murder.

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amkovac
Apr 01, 2013

This is probably one of my least favorite Koontz novels . The story itself has an enjoyable plot (if you like his regular gruesome murders and suspense), but I found myself getting annoyed with a few of the characters-mainly the children. I've realized that his child characters are just too unbelievable since they talk like 50 year old english professors. Since there are three in this I guess it just added up and was too much. Ending was a bit of a let down, didn't really fit in with the story I felt.

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AvidThought
Sep 13, 2012

This is the second Dean Koontz novel I've ever read, with the first one being "Relentless"—which I enjoyed for a one-time read.

"What The Night Knows" has several similarities, but its differences are even greater, particularly in the department of darkness. The events that occur, the murder of entire families, makes this a very dark story. With the way the antagonist "works", hopelessness started getting to me, to the point that I felt like dropping the book all-together—something I very rarely do.

Yet I chose to continue reading, hoping the end would justify everything in front of it. Without spoiling anything, I'll give the book 3 of 5 stars. Entertaining, but not something I'll re-read in the future.

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vanravenstein
Mar 17, 2012

It starts off like Silence of the Lambs, and ends up like Paranormal Activity.

snowbird922 Aug 19, 2011

Koontz has done it again, I loved the characters he created with the entire family. Koontz is a master storyteller and has quickly become one of my favorite authors.

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h19835195
Aug 09, 2011

Koontz is one of my favourite authors, and I always eagerly anticipate his next masterpiece. Although a lot of Koontz fans were disappointed with this one, I really enjoyed it.

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mpot
May 09, 2011

I much prefer his Odd Thomas and golden retriever stories. This one just plodded along with dread and then resolved itself. No joyous mystery.

ChefNoreen May 04, 2011

Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors and I think this book doesn't disappoint. Looking forward to another Odd Thomas.

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trj120
Apr 22, 2011

He's back.... This is like one of the old Dean Koontz books from years ago that scares the bejesus out of you. It's like a roller coaster ride that is so scarey but you can't wait to do it again. WARNING: This is not beditme reading!!

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