I wish that I had read more reviews regarding this book before I wasted $45.00 for the audio version of it. I purchased this audio book for my wife for Christmas and I was the first one to hear it. We have two wonderful dogs that the Good Lord has blessed us with and that we love very much. I purchased this audio book thinking that it was mainly about a dog. WRONG! What a waste of my time and my money. This book has very graphic descriptions of both dog and child abuse and depicts a demonic person and very foul language. I had to force myself to listen to the entire book and I am so sorry that I did. I could only stomach hearing a few parts of it at a time. I will NEVER purchase another book from Dean Koontz again. What a waste of talent. This book could have been a loving, pleasant, and memorable story. I made a mistake buying this book. Please don’t you make the same one.
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beannikki, March 31, 2008 (view all comments by beannikki)
A girl with no past or a past she doesn't like to share becomes tangled in a web when the past comes looking for her. This girl's dream is to save animals from abuse and neglect and get them good homes or what she likes to call their "forever home".She is a dog lover herself with two golden retrievers who she calls family. it was a wonderful heartfelt story with a few action sequences and lots of mystery.
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judithkaye, January 13, 2008 (view all comments by judithkaye)
“The Darkest Evening of the Year” really fell short of my high expectation of Dean Koontz. The book remained me of a rock. Some parts were smooth while others, bumpy. And I probably could have overlooked much of the rough parts if it weren’t for the far-fetched ending. When it was over, I sat there stunned, wondering if maybe I didn’t get the ending. Since this was a group read, I was able to hear what others had to say. I wasn’t alone in my feelings.
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walkerfamily7, January 8, 2008 (view all comments by walkerfamily7)
As a major Koontz fan, I was very excited about this book. I have much tolerance for Koontz' love of dogs and bringing the dog into the book. I knew this book was based on a special dog and I accepted that before purchasing it....THAT SAID...
This book started like a roller coaster, very fast very good. Some of the book was a little far fetched, but that is okay. Coincidences do happen. Getting near the end, was like climbing the last great hill of a coaster, getting ready for the final huge plunge...only to find the top level off to a platform where you disembark from the ride....The ending was awful..so unbelievable, so unnecessary.. I almost threw the book against the wall in frustration. It felt like Koontz was fighting a deadline and just put whatever drivel he found in his study as the end.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Set mostly in Southern California, this topnotch thriller from bestseller Koontz (The Good Guy) depicts with unabashed emotion and wit the magical powers of golden retrievers — in particular, a female named Nickie, who will stop at nothing to save innocent children and protect their guardians. Amy Redwing, the survivor of a horrifying marriage, establishes Golden Heart to rescue golden retrievers, rehabilitate the abused ones and find 'forever homes.' A supernatural chain of events ensues after Amy and her architect boyfriend, Brian McCarthy, rescue Nickie during a violent intervention in a family dispute. Soon the pair are on a mission that leads to a transformative confrontation with a number of ugly characters — Gunther Schloss, a frustrated aspiring novelist turned killer-for-hire; Moonglow, a psychobitch in the Mommie Dearest league; and Moonglow's lover, Harrow, a self-obsessed sicko. This is the perfect book for thriller addicts who know the darkest hour is just before dawn and for canine lovers who remember 'dog' spelled backwards is 'god.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"If not top-drawer Koontz, darned close to it, magnetically readable, and incorporating an eloquent plea for discarded and mistreated dogs everywhere."
by Janet Maslin, New York Times,
"Mr. Koontz routinely churns out epic tales of good versus evil, but he strains hard this time to place a pet at the center of his moral universe."
Koontz delivers suspense for all seasons with a transcendent thriller — a heart-gripping tour de force featuring a dedicated dog rescuer, a very special golden retriever she saves, and the murderous adversaries they must face together.
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