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Phantoms Mass Market Paperback – February 5, 2002
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“First-rate…scary and plausible.” —Publishers Weekly
“Gruesome and unrelenting.” —Stephen King
“Koontz has outdone himself. A terrifying story.” —Philadelphia Daily News
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The author wastes little time getting right into the story. Dr. Jennifer Paige and her little sister Lisa are driving to Jennifer's house in Snowfield, California. Jenny was never close to her sister due to the rigorous demands of medical school and the headache of establishing a practice in the small town. When their mother dies suddenly, Jenny steps in to take care of Lisa. The poignancy of this action quickly shatters when the two arrive in Snowfield. The town appears to be completely uninhabited. Jenny and Lisa realize that no one is walking around town and that no cars are on the streets. An even ruder shock overwhelms the two women when they find Jennifer's housekeeper dead on the kitchen floor. Even eerier is the condition of the dead body, which has uniform bruising over every inch of the skin.Read more ›
A word about my rating: Koontz is one of my favorite authors, and I have read quite a few of his books. Phantoms is one of his early novels and is imaginative and entertaining. Compared to some of his later stories, however ("Dark Rivers of the Heart" and "Twilight Eyes" immediately spring to mind), it is not as richly characterized and the level of suspense is not quite as nightmarish. It is like comparing two tornadoes from the movie "Twister": one may suck up cows, but the other swallows cows and barn whole. Each is a frightening experience, but the one is a more intense--and deadly--event. Thus, the seven.
The basic storyline of "Phantoms" is that the town doctor is returning home after her mothers funeral along with her little sister. When they arrive in the small ski community they find it deserted. The discover several dead bodies and call in the state police. I hate to give any spoilers, so won't get more specific than that. What happened to the town, why are some of the corpses mutilated while others are blackened with universal bruising? Once the police arrive and the nightmare begins unfolding, you won't be able to put the novel down!
That said, I was a little leery of re-reading what to me, was a landmark novel. Would it hold up? Did it still carry the magic I so fondly remember? The great news is that "Phantoms" is still a great novel. At times chilling, and full of suspense. The characters are so well crafted that you truly care whether the will make it out of Snowfield alive. Koontz can build tension and crafts such a wonderfully scary tale, its no wonder I was so eager to read more of the authors work after finishing this novel.
If you are a fan of Koontz's writing, then I'm sure you are familiar with this novel. If, however, you've missed this title, pick it up right away. As a longtime fan of Koontz, I can honestly say "Phantoms" is one of his best.
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There are many Koontz books that I love, including this one now. It's incredibly entertaining and well written; as much as any and more than most of his books I've read to date. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Coty Dreyfus
This story combines the horror genre the monster genre and science fiction. It is an exciting read it and quite spooky. If you like suspense this for you. Read morePublished 17 days ago by William Combs
I am a Dean Koontz fan from the very beginning. So of course I enjoyed this book.
I think his choice of characters made it most interesting. I would recommend it highly.
Just could not enjoy this book. Reading it felt like a chore.Published 1 month ago by Caroll Calloway
I love his writing!!! I can't explain it. Must experience yourself. He is my favorite mystery and suspense author now. I have started my own Koontz library!Published 1 month ago by iba
It was a great read.Keeps you looking at the next page, expecting more,and getting lots more.