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False Memory: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – June 26, 2012
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Martie Rhodes is a successful young computer games designer with a loving husband, Dusty, and a seemingly normal life. Her best friend, Susan, however, suffers from agoraphobia, or a fear of open spaces, and relies on Martie to take her to weekly therapy sessions. Suddenly and inexplicably, Martie herself begins exhibiting worrying signs of a mental disorder, fearing herself capable of inflicting great harm on her loved ones. At the same time, Dusty's brother Skeet also succumbs to irrational mental behavior and tries to throw himself from a roof. It soon becomes clear that these four characters are involved in something much more than a sinister coincidence.
Koontz's great skill, as he demonstrates so well in this novel, is creating believable characters and thrusting them into seemingly impossible but--for the period of the story--completely plausible situations. The plot is as carefully layered as the most intricate orchestral compositions, and Koontz conducts the proceedings with almost unbearable tension. One of his greatest abilities as a writer, however, is tapping into the dark paranoia of society. As we approach the Millennium, and an age in which we are becoming increasingly desensitized to death and violence, Martie's fear of herself, known as autophobia, seems a terrifying warning that soon the only thing we will have left to fear is ourselves.
Deeper meanings aside, this is easily one of his best thrillers. The prose moves at a breakneck speed, and the denouement will leave you with a pounding heart and chills up and down your spine. Koontz delivers exciting, boundary-breaking fiction better than anyone else in the game, and False Memory (though at times shocking and disturbing) is a perfect example of a master author in top form. --Jonathan Weir, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
The confidant Martie soon begins to fear her own shadow, finding it difficult to even look in a mirror. Already grieving his brother's stunning suicide, Martie's spouse Dustin worries about her sudden descent into a seemingly deep-rooted phobia. He begins to search for common links between his brother, his wife, and their friend, as well as another individual who has sunk into a debilitating fear. Dustin concludes that psychiatrist Dr. Mark Ahriman is deeply involved with the rash of traumatic feelings impacting everyone. Dustin is unaware that his inquiries will trigger a phobia of his own.
FALSE MEMORY is an exciting thriller that is one of Dean Koontz's best novels. The story line centers on personal and societal phobias that the great author makes so frighteningly real that the audience will fear what happens next because it could happen to them. The characters are wonderfully designed so that fans can understand what has occurred. Though a bit wordy at times, Mr. Koontz has written a fabulous tale that will eliminate any fears that his audience might have that the grandmaster of suspense has lost it.
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I've never been this impressed by an author before. I've always read paranormal romance books written by women. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This was a good thriller. There are twist and turns. It keeps you engaged the whole time. Never disappointed by Koontz.Published 22 days ago by S. Gehres
Another great read for Dean Koontz fans.
Good story, good depth of characters. Good mixture of suspense and emotional warmth. Well worth adding to the collection.
THERE IS NO doubt that Dean Koontz - the man, the animal lover, and the writer - has an intense love for life, for humanity, for dogs (Golden Retrievers in particular) and perhaps... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greggorio!
Suspenseful, some interesting twists and turns, well-crafted. Koontz is obviously a gifted writer. I've read several of his novels and much prefer the ones having to do with the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by anonymous
It didn't have me at the edge of my seat as Koontz usually does.Published 2 months ago by Ramon H. Nieto