Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean Koontz
Narrator: J. Charles
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Published In: February 2004
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur and spine-tingling terror descends to this 'edge of paradise.' Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an undercover FBI agent sent to Moonlight Cove to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths. They meet Harry Talbot, a wheelchair-bound veteran, who has seen things from his window that he was not meant to see. Together they begin to understand the depth of evil in Moonlight Cove. Chrissie Foster, a resourceful eleven-year-old, running from her parents who have suddenly changed and in whom darkness dwells, joins them. Together they make a stand against darkness and terror.

Reviews (16)

Written by craig specht on October 25th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

great book, great plot. I like the dog. narrator did a good job.

Written by Anna K on April 3rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This was a good listen. I recommend it if you don't have a series that you are into.


Written by Anonymous on June 2nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Koontz at his best. Story is a little slow to start, but picks up and delivers at the end. Well worth the time.

A bit different

Written by Anonymous on February 9th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I liked this book. It was a bit strange and a bit slow to get going, but overall - it was good. In the end, I was really into the story. Give it time and it will get to you as well.


Written by Anonymous on July 30th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent book and narration. It kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was hard to get out of the car after my commute because I wanted to hear what came next. I highly recommend this book.


Written by Anonymous on June 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I love Dean Koontz as a writer but when he goes off on these strange tangents about space creatures. It just is not his style and does not work for him. The book becomes boring and unable to read.


Written by Christine B. from Monroeville, PA on March 17th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Once again, Koontz is hit or miss with his books. This was a miss for me, but it was a close one. The action begins from early on in Disc 1 and keeps going fairly steadily; however, Koontz gets bogged down in inner turmoil and philosophizing and by the end I was really begging for it all to be over. The ending, in fact, is pretty anticlimactic, as far as Koontz books go. His usual angel/demon issues are at play again, with physical handicaps and especially war veterans being the angels, and computers/technology, metal music, and 'unhappy' people being the demons of the world. The preaching was kept to a minimum in the first half of books but by the end the long speeches on the lack of responsibility in the world (athiests, war protestors, tech geeks were singled out) was wearying.


Written by Bob from Bolston, MA on August 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Dean Koontz is there anything more that needs to be said? Great read and the reader was very good. Very intense ending and well it is a Dean Koontz book.


Written by Anonymous from Dale, OK on February 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Generally I can make myself listen to the entire first CD, no matter how bad things are at first, just to be sure that the the story doesn't finally get moving. Not this time. Perhaps it was the narrator, but I found myself preferring commercial radio and car dealership ads.

Bad narrator

Written by Anonymous on October 30th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The story line and plot is fabulous, and because of that, I'm continuing on with the story, but the narrator is so bad I can hardly stand it. He's far to "chipper" a reader for a horror, his inflection is bad, and his cadence sucks. I specifically wrote is name down on a sticky and will never again rent an audio book narrated by this guy. Such a shame too, because this a great story.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz, Dean

Dean Koontz grew up in desperate poverty under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father (Koontz's father served time in prison for trying to murder him). Despite his traumatic childhood, Koontz put himself through Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania (then known as Shippensburg State College), and in 1967 went to work as an English teacher at Mechanicsburg High School. In his spare time he wrote his first novel, Star Quest, which was published in 1968. From there he went on to write over a dozen more science fiction novels.

In the 1970s, Koontz began publishing mainstream suspense and horror fiction, under his own name as well as under several pseudonyms; Koontz has stated he used pen names after several editors convinced him that authors who switched genre fell victim to "negative crossover": alienating established fans, while simultaneously not picking up any new fans. Known pseudonyms include Deanna Dwyer, K. R. Dwyer, Aaron Wolfe, David Axton, Brian Coffey, John Hill, Leigh Nichols, Owen West, and Richard Paige. Currently some of those novels are sold under Koontz's real name.

Koontz's breakthrough novel was Whispers (1980). Several of his books have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Koontz is renowned for his skill at writing suspenseful page-turners. His strengths also include memorable characters, original ideas, and ability to blend horror, fantasy and humour. Koontz has been criticized for his tendency to include too many similes and therefore to drag out descriptions, his frequent use of similar plotting structures, and a tendency to moralize heavily.

Koontz's protagonists,with the exception of Odd Thomas,arm theirselves with guns to do combat against the various monsters and madmen,and Koontz gets all the technical details right.There are no mistakes(functions and capabilities of different types of guns.)

Arguably, most of Koontz's work can still be classified as science fiction, as he tries to create plausible, consistent explanations for the unusual, fantastic events featured in most of his novels.

Koontz also has a very interesting way of adding his own little quirks to his novels, such as adding simple quotes from a book by the name of The Book of Counted Sorrows. Counted Sorrows was originally a hoax, like the nonexistent Keener's Manual Richard Condon cited for epigraphs he wrote himself. Eventually Koontz put together a poetry collection of that name, using all the epigraphs; it was printed as a limited edition in 2003 by Charnel House and as an eBook by Barnes & Noble. His more recent novels, starting with The Taking, have no verse by Koontz; rather, they have quotes by other authors (in particular, The Taking uses quotes from T. S. Eliot, whose works figure in the plot of the novel).

Koontz has long been a fan of Art Bell's radio program, Coast to Coast AM. He appeared as a guest after a fan reported to Bell that one of Koontz's novels featured a character describing a paranormal event as an "Art Bell moment."

Koontz currently resides in Newport Beach, a city in Southern California (as such, most of his novels are set in Southern California) with his wife Gerda and their dog Trixie Koontz, under whose name he published the book, Life is Good: Lessons in Joyful Living, in 2004. Trixie is also often referenced in his official newsletter "Useless News".

Dogs often figure heavily in Koontz's novels, as he is an avid dog lover. Watchers, Dark Rivers of the Heart, and One Door Away from Heaven are prime examples. However, lately he has seen fit to include cats as characters, most notably the smart cat Mungojerrie in the Christopher Snow novels.