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The Voice of the Night Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1991


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“A fearsome tour of an adolescent's psyche. Terrifying, knee-knocking suspense.”—Chicago Sun-Times

“Hair-raising from cover to cover.”—Houston Chronicle
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (July 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425128164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425128169
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Koontz writes this thrilling suspense with great details and easy diction for many to read.
Chaulis Miller
Awesome, scary, and easy to read, this book is great for last minute book reports or something to start and finish in one sitting.
Zack
I was more than a little suprised at the age of the characters in the story, and a bit disturbed with the plot.
Katrina

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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Blakely Bullock on December 12, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Voice of the Night, by Dean R. Koontz is the best book I have ever read. I couldn't put if down from the minute I picked it up and started reading it. If you want an example of a page turner, then here's one for you. The book is about a young fourteen year old boy, Colin, who moves to a new little town in the 1990's. Right when Colin moves there, he becomes bestfriends with a boy named Roy, who is about the same age. The are inseperable. The boys are together all of time. Roy has become Colin's new bestfriend, which is something Colin has never had. He had been the outcast in his old school, but now he is friends with the most popular boy in his class. Roy has a deep secret that he desperatly wants to share with Colin, but he first has to test Colin to see if he is trustworthy. When Roy finally feels that Colin is trusted enough, he tells him his awful secret. Roy kills people for the fun of it. And he wants Colin to help him kill someone to prove their friendship. Colin cant possibly kill someone, but he doesnt want to lose Colin as a friend. He decides that their friendship is not worth what Roy wants it to be, so he says 'no' to Roy's offer. This angers Roy and he is out to kill Colin. But in the end..... well, i guess i'll just have to let you read and find that out! This is an excellent book, and I would recommend it to ANYONE. It has just the right sequence of events to make you keep wanting to turn the pages and never stop. Which is what I love about this book. I will read it many times.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jessie on June 20, 2005
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I'm surprised that this makes so many people's least favorites list. This was Koontz number 18 for me and it looks like I'm going to have to add it to my top ten favorites! It's more teenager oriented than his other books, much as The Funhouse was. It should be refreshing for anyone who doesn't like Koontz's heavy descriptions, as The Voice Of The Night has much more dialogue and is lighter on the descriptions and metaphors. It has a RL Stine rated R feel much as The Funhouse did.

Colin Jacobs is a shy, akward, nerdy fourteen year old boy who recently moved to town. His father is a beer-guzzling, wife-beating redneck and Colin lives alone with his mother who is always working and never has time for him, nor does she ever trust him. Colin's only friend is Roy Borden, also fourteen. Roy sometimes likes to talk about sick things, but Colin just assumes he's putting him on. When Roy reveals that he's killed not only animals, but people, Colin doesn't believe him. But when Colin tries to force him into helping him cause a massive disaster in town, Colin must make the most important descision of his life. If he refuses, Roy will kill him. If he goes along with it, he'll be responsible for several lives.

The book was pretty disturbing at times. Roy is a pretty messed up kid. It's his reasons for being a messed up kid, revealed at the end, that made me shed a tear. And it's much more than you may think. You'd never think you could feel sorry for this twisted boy who likes to torture, maim, and fascinates about rape, but you do.

I highly recommend The Voice Of The Night, along with: Intensity, The Door To December, Watchers, Whispers, Darkfall, Hideaway, Shadowfires, The Funhouse, Twilight Eyes, and Phantoms.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 2, 1999
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It's unfortunate that I could not put 20 stars down- that's what it deserves for being such an amazing novel. I first read this book 3 years ago and still pick it up and look at it (skim the pages and read my favorite parts) almost everyday. Although this book's premise does not fit my definition of "horror," it is still scary because it could actually happen and and because Koontz is able to get you to feel for both the characters (near the end of the book I was relatively empathetic to Roy because of some issues he had and still has) and therefore it makes the prospect of something happening to them (for the most part it's Colin you worry about) daunting. It's an incredibly exciting book, with action and subtle clues of the suspense that is to come and it also has psychological elements to it that also interest me because I am fascinated by psychology and such things. I love this book! It's one of my favorites and my favorite of his. Feel free to email me to talk about the book, any of his other books (or other authors and their books) or anything in general.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward Hancock II on April 4, 2007
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Novels like this truly delve into the mind of a young killer "on the rise". You get a chance to see the mind of a killer being formed. You get to see a psychopath in the making. It often starts in childhood and Roy is a perfect example. He would have grown up to have been the next Jeffrey Dahmer or something.

This book was more scary than just about anything for which Koontz is better known. I loved it more than Watchers, Whispers and Mr. Murder combined.

This story was truly ahead of its time. Written years before Columbine and various other outbreaks of "childhood" violence.

In retrospect, perhaps it can stand as a warning. Truth is truly stranger than fiction. But this episode of fiction is pretty doggone strange!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
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This book differs from Dean Koontz's previous work in that the plot ceases from jumping from one scene and character to another for around two hundred pages until all the characters meet up. To my mind this is one of the most positive aspects of the novel and a reason for choosing it over his other books. His novels in the past seem to repeatedly use this tired template and simply inject a new carbon-copy protagonist, a dog or a new supernatural theme. The plot was certainly compelling and I enjoyed the psychological twists, though I just couldn't believe that the characters were so young; surely Dean Koontz should have realised that such depth of actions and conversation were more attributable to late-teens? Another criticism would have to be the ludicrous title. A short mention of the protagonist's fear of the dark was all the author felt necessary to base it on and it appeared to come almost as an after-thought. I wondered if the author had implied a deeper meaning, maybe concerning the chase scene in the field of rusting cars, but this seems doubtful. I enjoyed reading Voice of the Night and it is by no means a poor suspense thriller. However, it is no classic and certainly does not deserve the unconditional praise lavished on it by many reviewers on this page.
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