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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425181111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425181119
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,350 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The author of Phantoms, Whispers and other thrillers takes an unconscionable time to tell his latest story. The "strangers" are thousands of miles apart when they begin to suffer inexplicable terrors. In California, Dom Corvaisis sleepwalks, fleeing from an unseen menace. In Massachusetts, gifted young Dr. Ginger Weiss's panic attacks threaten her career. A priest in the Midwest loses his faith suddenly, then finds he can heal fatally injured people. And, in Elko, Nevada, the owner of a motela tough ex-Marinebecomes paralyzed by fears of the dark. Mysterious clues bring these characters and others, similarly afflicted, to the motel, where apparently they had met long before. As they compare experiences, the victims realize they've been brainwashed and determine to find out why. That means facing death at the hands of a maniac in a scene that finally induces frissons of terror in the reader. But it's too late; Koontz has vitiated suspense throughout the narrative with numbing repetitions and long explanations of such matters as Jewish cooking, the baldachin over the altar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a weaver's tools, etc. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild dual selection.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Six strangers are unaccountably seized by nightmares, attacks of fear, and bouts of uncharacteristic behavior. The six begin to seek each other out as puzzling photographs and messages arrive, indicating that the cause may lie in a forgotten weekend stay at an isolated Nevada motel. Koontz has topped a fine roster of horror and suspense novels with an almost unbearably suspenseful page-turner. His ability to maintain the mystery through several plot twists is impressive, as is his array of believable and sympathetic characters. With its masterful blend of elements of espionage, terror, and even some science fiction, Strangers may be the suspense novel of the year. Recommended for popular collections. Literary Guild dual main selection. Eric W. Johnson, Univ. of Bridgeport Lib . , Conn.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

Customer Reviews

Great character development and interaction with the overall plot.
muzkman40
I must say that this book is way too long and there are way too many principal characters with too many developping story.
Louis Tremblay
The story and relationships in the book makes it easy for one to think "this could really happen here'.
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Janice Sims VINE VOICE on April 7, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've just finished reading STRANGERS for the fourth time. And, undoubtedly, I'll read it again and again. When I checked out some of the other reviews I was astounded that some readers didn't like this story. They thought it was too long! Good Lord, it wasn't long enough! Or the ending wasn't feasible. Maybe it's because I love science fiction that I could appreciate the ending, and find it thoroughly believable. What happens in this story, dear ones, is that several people from varied backgrounds, who all come from different places, start manifesting strange symptoms that eventually draw them to a motel in the desert where they all stayed last summer. You see, something happened to them at the motel. And someone has erased their memories. However, like a bad penny, the memories start resurfacing and begin to affect each person: sometimes positively, sometimes negatively. I think Dean Koontz is at the top of his game with this story. His power of description is magnificent. And his ability to make you care for his characters is on the money. I just loved Ginger, the young Jewish surgeon who goes into a fugue state whenever something reminds her subconscious of the night her memory was erased. And Jorja, the Vegas waitress whose daughter is obsessed with the moon. Once again, Koontz's female characters show strength and resilience. His male characters aren't bad either. There's Dom, the writer, who wakes in the middle of the night in the closet and doesn't know how he got there, nor what he's so afraid of that he nails his windows shut while sleep-walking! And there's Jack, the thief, who just makes your heart ache when he has to say goodbye to his wife who has been in a coma for many years. I could go on and on about this thrilling story.Read more ›
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By "the_hero_factor" on January 1, 2000
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I love this book. I've read many of Koontz's books, but this is by far and away his best. It is the story of a group of people spread out over the country who all start experiencing strange things: a grown man becomes deathly afraid of the dark; another starts sleepwalking; a priest loses his faith; a young doctor has attacks that cause her to flee from she doesn't know what; and there are others. As they try to figure out what is causing these things they are drawn together, and to a motel in the Nevada desert. Koontz leaves the reader as much in the dark as the characters in the book, and it is a pleasure to try and solve the mystery along with them. A very interesting, involving, and exciting book, I highly recommend it to all.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Will Culp on October 16, 2004
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Strangers(1986). A Novel By Suspense/Horror Author Dean Koontz.

Dean Koontz. His name is synonymous with things that go bump in the night and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat, and is often compared to the King of Macabre, Stephen King. While his books usually are easily comprehendible and "to-the-point," with 'Strangers', Dean Koontz has produced his "epic". Almost every author has an "epic," or, in the case of Charles Dickens, sometimes 4 or 5. A novel huge in size and thought, with in-depth characters, profound messages and morals, massive and interweaving plots and sub-plots, it's most easily defined as a novel that "makes you think"! 'Strangers', weighing in at 681 pages, is a tale of government intrigue, with a massive cover-up that included brainwashing the memories of over 30 people who stayed at The Tranquility Motel in rural Nevada to make them forget the horrors of July 6th, 1984. After experiencing disturbing nightmares and odd disorders like sleepwalking and phobias, Ginger Weiss, Dominick Corvaisis, Brendan Cronin, Jack Twist, Sandy and Ned Sarver, and Faye and Ernie Block slowly are drawn back to The Tranquility Motel, where fate and destiny awaits... Did I enjoy 'Strangers' or not? Read on to find out!

Plot- As Ginger, Brendan, Dom, Faye, Jack, Ernie, Ned, and Sandy return to The Tranquility Motel, they seem to know each other like friends, even though they've never met. As the character's memory blocks slowly start to disappear, they slowly begin to remember the occurrence on July 6th, yet before they can determine what happen, the government decides to apprehend them and sanction them.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "dusker77" on April 24, 2001
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I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz and have read a good majority of his books. To me, STRANGERS was right up there with INTENSITY. Strangers is the story of a group of people all suffering from wierd occurances. Everything ranging from sleepwalking, to fear of the dark to telekinesis. They are from all different parts of the country...but...they're all drawn together from an event that happened to them last summer. An event so big, that a certain group of people have taken steps to make sure that it was completely erased from their minds....did they do a good enough job?...... An excellent read, lovable characters and a truly inspirational and out of this world ending.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brad Cline on June 23, 2003
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It has been a long time since I have read this book so my memory of the details is a bit hazy. But, after reading several reviews I felt it necessary to provide a slightly different perspective.
Yes, Strangers is wordy. Yes, Koontz spends a lot of time on character development early in the book.
But that's what makes this book so interesting. At the beginning, the description of these disparate individuals and their problems seemingly have no connection. As the story progresses though, you start to see similar patterns emerging in their experiences and begin to realize that there is a thread woven between these people. You then start to speculate yourself on what it could possibly be. That type of story telling is what makes a mystery so compelling and this one definitely is. I remember that the eventually revealed bond that these people share is one that I had surmised might be the cause but there were several that I was developing in my own head and was never truly sure.
I found this book fascinating and the length of it never even dawned on me as I read it.
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