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ISBN13: 9780553807714
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I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton's history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .

 

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of  madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents—among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager—the Pendleton’s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

 

But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge  into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton’s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.

 

Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real—and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity’s destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street.

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"An old building, constructed on Native American hallowed ground and with a history of violence, becomes prey to the supernatural in this disappointing horror novel from bestseller Koontz (What the Night Knows). The Pendleton, a Gilded Age mansion in an unnamed 'heartland city,' has been transformed into an upscale apartment building. After almost four decades of tranquility, one night in 2011 sees the property's terrifying past return as several tenants encounter bizarre phenomena. An elevator bearing a corrupt former U.S. senator descends 30 floors below the surface to levels that do not exist. A soldier turned money manager has his nocturnal laps around the pool interrupted by an attack from a menacing creature. A maid sees Satan in the pantry of an apartment she works in. The aggregation of disturbing incidents sets the proper mood, but the tension peters out by the halfway point. Underdeveloped characters don't help. Readers seeking well-done haunted building horrors would be better served by Michael Koryta's So Cold the River. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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.

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smilesndeed, April 21, 2012 (view all comments by smilesndeed)
Koontz has revived his image of being one of the best scary writers of our times.
Don't read this one with the lights out, seriously.
You may not be able to put it down once you start.
Top ten of the last few years in this genre, don't be fooled by the cutsy cover it is seriuos horror fiction at its best.
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moiraethefatesbookreview, February 24, 2012 (view all comments by moiraethefatesbookreview)
* Hardcover: 464 pages
* Publisher: Bantam (December 27, 2011)
* ISBN-10: 0553807714
* Author: Dean Koontz
* Cover art: I really like the simplicity of it.
* Obtained:My personal book shelf
* Over all rating: ****1/2 out of 5

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton’s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .

The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents�"among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager�"the Pendleton’s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.

But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton’s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.

Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real�"and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity’s destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads)



I'm in the minority on this one, most fans didn't like it, I'm not sure why exactly. Yes, there was a lot of description, I mean a lot. (Which is the only thing knocking this to a 4 1/2 from a 5.) I read this mainly at night and got creeped out a lot.


I really enjoyed how we got to see multiple POV's in this, Koontz always lets the reader know who's POV we are seeing. I really enjoyed Sparkle and Winny's characters. Mickey was by far the most eccentric of the characters and he freaked me out (But I think that this is what Koontz was going for.)


Koontz really did an awesome job on this book, there is so much to it! (Can't say too much as it would be a spoiler.) I also really liked how we got to see the POV of The One.
All of our character's stories are interconnected but individual at the same time, which was a nice touch. There was not a whole lot of dialogue in this one, which was a bit of a disappointment for me, but the descriptions captured more of the creep factor then dialogue could have even though the descriptions as I've said were a bit much at times.


The ending was a lot different then I thought it was going to be but it wasn't a let down at all for me.
If you are a fan, I'd suggest reading this one, if you are new to Koontz, I'd suggest this as well as his previous book Your heart belongs to me.
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Clark, January 18, 2012 (view all comments by Clark)
This book is scary. It was scarier than expected. I have read lots of scary books that have not put me on edge the same way that 77 Shadow Street did. Koontz can really write unique stories that keep the reader turning the pages. Yes, the one fault I have with this book is that Dean Koontz can get "wordy." He tends to over-describe which lots of readers hate. It does not ruin the story, but it can be distracting. The book probably deserves a 4 due to the "wordiness" but the abundance of scary moments earns the book a 5.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553807714
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Koontz, Dean R
Author:
Dean Koontz
Author:
Koontz, Dean R.
Publisher:
Bantam
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Horror - General
Publication Date:
20111227
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
9.56 x 6.41 x 1.46 in 1.54 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "An old building, constructed on Native American hallowed ground and with a history of violence, becomes prey to the supernatural in this disappointing horror novel from bestseller Koontz (What the Night Knows). The Pendleton, a Gilded Age mansion in an unnamed 'heartland city,' has been transformed into an upscale apartment building. After almost four decades of tranquility, one night in 2011 sees the property's terrifying past return as several tenants encounter bizarre phenomena. An elevator bearing a corrupt former U.S. senator descends 30 floors below the surface to levels that do not exist. A soldier turned money manager has his nocturnal laps around the pool interrupted by an attack from a menacing creature. A maid sees Satan in the pantry of an apartment she works in. The aggregation of disturbing incidents sets the proper mood, but the tension peters out by the halfway point. Underdeveloped characters don't help. Readers seeking well-done haunted building horrors would be better served by Michael Koryta's So Cold the River. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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