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The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,436 customer reviews)

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Book Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.

Acclaim for Dean Koontz
 
“A rarity among bestselling writers, Koontz continues to pursue new ways of telling stories, never content with repeating himself.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose. ‘Serious’ writers . . . might do well to examine his technique.”The New York Times Book Review
 
“[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
 
“Koontz is a superb plotter and wordsmith. He chronicles the hopes and fears of our time in broad strokes and fine detail, using popular fiction to explore the human condition.”USA Today
 
“Characters and the search for meaning, exquisitely crafted, are the soul of [Koontz’s] work. . . . One of the master storytellers of this or any age.”The Tampa Tribune
 
“A literary juggler.”The Times (London)


Product Details

  • File Size: 2469 KB
  • Print Length: 33 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (June 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAFX90I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,692 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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144 of 147 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "there isn't a new neighbor..." June 3, 2014
By dch822
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THE NEIGHBOR is billed as the prequel to Koontz’s soon-to-be-released novel THE CITY – however, it’s really a standalone short story set in the summer of 1967 about one month prior to Malcolm Pomerantz meeting Jonah Kirk, the protagonist for THE CITY. Other than a short plug for his new novel in the opening two paragraphs, the rest of the short story is entirely its own creation – which is a great thing for readers and fans of Dean Koontz.

Many of these now popular short ebooks that appear weeks before the new novels they seek to promote are lacking in every area except, of course, marketing – but with THE NEIGHBOR Koontz really delivers a great short story.

Malcolm and his sister Amalia are close siblings, made closer by parents who are indifferent towards them and each other. In the summer before Amalia leaves for college and Malcolm is twelve, they discover that “the world is a more mysterious place than it seems to be most of the time.”

The house next door has been empty for a while. It’s owner dead from a heart attack. But in the middle of the night both Malcolm and Amalia see lights on in the house and sense there is someone, or something, there.

The next day they bake cookies “to welcome the new neighbor” as an excuse to check out the house and see if anything is amiss … only to discover, in Amalia’s words, “there isn’t a new neighbor.” Oh but there is something there …

This is one of the few “.99 cent prequels” that I actually recommend as worth reading. Koontz is a master of the short story, and while this isn’t likely to go down as one of his all-time greats, it’s certainly a fun and entertaining read.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of The Neighbor June 3, 2014
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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. :)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary June 7, 2014
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This short story was actually scary in places and though it was very short, just ten chapters, I cared about the main characters and I look forward to learning more about them in "The City". Koontz has done it again. His character development is exceptional.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story June 4, 2014
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Dean Koontz is a master in defining characters we can identify with. I have meet all five of the people in this book in one form or another and he has nailed them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gripping plot tactfully managed June 6, 2014
By cody
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Its easy to witness the writing genius of KOONTZ in this chilling short story. It certainly raised my gooseflesh with the kids neighbor
and the supernatural forces contained in a serial killer exEnglish teacher.
No words wasted in developing a skilled thriller of this most effective short story.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The family June 3, 2014
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The toughness and love of brother and sister made them strong. Dealing with unloving parents that were in their own world made for an empty family existence. I recommend all Dean Koontz books to all my friends Can't wait for The CIty. Always 5 stars
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvelous as always June 4, 2014
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I love the way Dean can make his characters so real you feel you know them love them and worry for them till Good finally saves them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick spooky read June 18, 2014
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Malcolm and his sister Amalia have a less than idyllic childhood, filled with secondhand smoke and TV dinners. Their father is cold and emotionally distant, while their mother lives to watch television and gossip with the (other) neighbor. The two children, although five years apart, are very close. The strength of the love between the siblings ends up being of utmost importance to the resolution of the story.

This is a short-story prequel to Dean Koontz's upcoming novel "The City," which will be coming out on July 1st. Whereas "The City" is the story of musical prodigy Jonah Kirk, "The Neighbor" is the story of Jonah's lifelong best friend, Malcolm Pomerantz and the strange events that happened a few weeks before the two men met as young boys. From what I can tell, this is a standalone story – you can read it even if you don't plan to read "The City," and/or you can read "The City" without reading this story. But if you like ghost stories, "The Neighbor" is worth grabbing. It's a great quick and spooky read with both human and supernatural scariness. The characters of Malcolm and Amalia are very likeable, and I'm curious to read more about them in "The City" (even though it's not *their* story).
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