Synopses & Reviews
His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy.
He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams.
His story will change the way you see the world.
On the heels of his #1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally powerful work of his critically acclaimed career.
Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.
At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person?s life has an effect on every other person?s, in often unknowable ways.
At thirteen, Bartholomew regains his sight. How he regains it, why he regains it, and what happens as his amazing life unfolds and entwines with others results in a breathtaking journey of courage, heart-stopping suspense, and high adventure.
"Koontz...[creates] powerful emotion tinged with spiritual wonder. That emotion, which rocks characters and will shake readers, marks this as one of Koontz's most affecting novels and he's written a lot of them. But there's else in this fitfully suspenseful, sprawling story of good vs. evil that will leave readers wishing Koontz would make better friends with his delete key....The potency of [the theme of interconnectedness] and Bartholomew's wisdom in the face of personal tragedy provide the novel with great uplift, in spite of its wildly convoluted story line and excessive verbiage." Publishers Weekly
"Koontz builds his latest thrill-fest on a foundation consisting of the stock character of the serial murderer and the stock situation of a killer stalking innocence. He keeps the resulting big book interesting by switching focus, chapter to chapter, from one of its three story lines to another....There are also enough kooky characters, such as Bartholomew's uncles; outre happenstances, such as Bartholomew losing his eyes to cancer as a little boy yet somehow regaining sight years later; and old-fashioned, 'yeah-sure' improbabilities, such as gotta-be-dead characters turning up alive, to please Koontz's fandom and then some." Booklist
"Koontz's latest spellbinder chronicles the lives of three unique individuals....Though over 600 pages, the book never seems long. The characters are vivid and emotionally exciting, creating a fast and compelling read." Library Journal
"The author's name alone, of course, will sell this book, but my oh my, this might be Koontz's best effort yet. The large cast of characters, particularly the fully developed main players, is richly imagined. The plot is suspenseful and complex. Informing the novel throughout is a fascinating theory that involves quantum mechanics, faith, and human relationships. In short, From the Corner of His Eye is a page-turner with soul. Teen Koontz fans will not be disappointed." VOYA
"A variety of unimaginative characters populate the book....The many good characters never stray from stereotype and do anything wrong or small or selfish, and even the villainous Cain often comes across as silly." Jennifer Braunschweiger, Book The Magazine for the Reading Life
"This is a conventional serial killer story, but it's a very good one." Don D'Ammassa, Science Fiction Chronicle
About the Author
Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, in southern California.