A heart-stopping supernatural thriller from the master of suspense. Addison Goodheart is not like other people ...Addison Goodheart lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from a society which will destroy him if he is ever seen. Books are his refuge and his escape: he embraces the riches they have to offer. By night he leaves his hidden ...Read MoreA heart-stopping supernatural thriller from the master of suspense. Addison Goodheart is not like other people ...Addison Goodheart lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from a society which will destroy him if he is ever seen. Books are his refuge and his escape: he embraces the riches they have to offer. By night he leaves his hidden chambers and, through a network of storm drains and service tunnels, makes his way into the central library. And that is where he meets Gwyneth, who, like Addison, also hides her true appearance and struggles to trust anyone.But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching. 'A thriller that's both chilling and fulfilling' PEOPLE 'Laced with fantastical mysticism, it's an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity ...the narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted ...with an optimistic and unexpected conclusion ...Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz's imagination. Enjoy.' KIRKUS REVIEWS 'Fascinating thriller' WOMAN'S DAY 'Monstrously thrilling' COURIER MAIL 'A supernatural tragedy ...a fantastical tale of loneliness and love, a story about our endless capacity to do good and succumb to evil' Rob Minshull, ABCRead Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2014-05-26 Narrator Andrews brings to life a dynamic cast of characters in the audio edition of bestselling author Koontz's mystical thriller. Koontz is a master at creating protagonists who are unique in the extreme. Here he presents two-Addison Goodheart, who hides in hoods and shadows because his otherworldly visage turns even gentle pacifists homicidal, and a Goth-garbed teenager named Gwyneth, who cannot allow herself to be touched. Andrews provides Addison, the novel's narrator, with a youthful voice that's full of wonder, tempered with shy self-consciousness when in the company of Gwyneth. Gwyneth's voice sounds just as young, but there's also determination and an uneasy, suspicious edge. As for the other characters, Andrews serves them equally well. Addison's mother, who banishes him from their secluded home, speaks with harsh self-loathing. The former marine turned priest who becomes Addison's benefactor has a similar attitude, but his voice is deeper and stronger. And, for Gwyneth's horrific pursuer, Telford, Andrews eschews the more obvious villainous rasp or hiss for the supercilious, ironic attitude of a man convinced he has the upper hand. A Bantam hardcover. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2013-10-14 In this imaginative, mystical thriller from bestseller Koontz (77 Shadow Street), Addison Goodheart, a 26-year-old man so "exceedingly ugly" that his appearance causes "the most terrible rage" in regular people, lives alone in a hidden part of an American metropolis, but views his solitude as a gift that has enabled him to recognize "reality's complex dimensions." An unexpected encounter in a deserted library with Gwyneth, an 18-year-old Goth girl who's the target of the rare-book curator's lust, throws him for a loop. Addison bonds with Gwyneth, who suspects her nemesis, J. Ryan Telford, of murdering her father by sending him poisoned honey. The interactions of the isolated leads and the meaning of their existence overshadow the crime elements, and the language can be vague (e.g., "Who we of the hidden were, what we were, why we ever existed, explained the mystery of music issuing out of the ether"). Still, this is the most satisfying Koontz standalone in a while. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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