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“This is one of my two favorite novels by Dean Koontz. Has a wonderful twist at the end. Much of the paranormal events that occur throughout the lives of the characters are a result of something you would least expect. Great book and highly recommended.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Creapy, despicable & seemingly untouchable villain vs. likable couple. Captivating action.”Eric G wrote this review Thursday, September 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A chilling satanic tale that gets inside your head and stays with you long after you put the book down. Don't miss this one! ”A. R. Braun wrote this review Saturday, July 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was a very slow start, 200 pages in we meet the "bad guy". I had almost given up on the book.”Linda K wrote this review Wednesday, July 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Well, I wrote one of my usual long winded reviews and then deleted it instead of copying it. Maybe later I'll decide to write another, more in depth review, but right now, I'm just going to say a few words.
The only reason False Memory didn't rate 5 stars is because as of late there are very few novels that do rate 5 stars with me. Koontz delivers another page turning, suspenseful, psychological thriller. It may be a bit longer than some readers would like, but at 751 pages, it's right up my alley.
The cast of characters is kept relatively small and Koontz pretty much sticks to the main storyline. You want to take Skeet under your wing and just protect him. Marty is usually a self reliant woman who is content with her world, but that world is quickly turning into a living nightmare. And Dusty is totally loyal to both his wife and his brother and will go to any extremes to protect them. And then there is Valet, the lovable pooch. What is a Koontz book without a dog or two?
I highly recommend this to all Koontz fans and fans of the psychological thriller. False Memory brings to light the oft avoided subject of mental illness. Phobias in particular. The scenes where the phobias are in full on attack mode are all too real and bring this illness more into the light.
It's a fear more paralyzing than falling.
More terrifying than absolute darkness.
More horrifying than anything you can imagine.
It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run.....no matter where you hide.
It's the fear of yourself.
It's real. It can happen to you.
And facing it can be deadly.”
“One of my favorite books, has a very eerie theme to it and what transpires may even be possible in the future.”BusinessPony wrote this review Friday, May 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's true: the strangest place on earth is the interior of the human mind. Dean Koontz knows it, and he shows us some of the strangest ones of all. I've often wondered how people like criminal profilers and psychiatrists keep from going mad themselves, not just being exposed to the truly mad, but trying actively to understand how their minds work. This book is that kind of spooky.
Dr. Ahriman is a very wealthy psychiatrist with a unique clientele. We first encounter him as the therapist treating Susan Jagger, who has a terrible case of agoraphobia. Her friend Martie Rhodes has committed to taking her to her therapy sessions twice a week, even though it is sheer hell just to get her out of her apartment and into Martie's car. But Martie is a really good friend.
Martie is the wife of Dusty Rhodes, who is having his own problems with his half-brother Skeet, who has decided to climb to the top of the house they have been painting and jump off the roof. Somehow the painting crew (it's Dusty's business) manage to get him down without significant injury, and Dusty takes him back to an expensive rehab facility that has treated Skeet for drug addiction a few times in the past. Why was I not surprised that Dr. Ahriman is a major stockholder in the facility?
It takes awhile for the horror both Susan and Skeet are going through on the same day to be examined in detail, but eventually we learn there is a connection here to a lot of very evil stuff. Along the way, we meet a lot of people who are horrible, who are kind, and who are just weird. In the process, it looks almost impossible that the worst villain will be thwarted, that the good people will be rescued, and the story can possibly end on a satisfactory note. But it does, more or less. You're going to have to read it to find out what's more and what's less.
Freaky, completely original, spooky as hell, and entirely entertaining. Dean Koontz has one of those minds that can face the evil in the world and write about it in painful detail without going utterly mad himself. At least I assume he's not utterly mad. Seems like there's a certain level of sanity necessary to write this well.”
“This I read on a long journey, and was appreciative of the substantial nature of this novel - a thick book with a meaty and involving story, and Koontz's usual fast-paced and witty writing. In contrast with some of his others, the mystery at the centre of this was more realistic and believable - which made it more real and more compelling, perhaps, than one involving supernatural or sci-fi elements.”Monkey Davies wrote this review Sunday, October 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I haven't read many of Dean Koontz's books, but this is my favorite one so far. It was really an enjoyable read.”Lisa Jackson (not the author) wrote this review Wednesday, September 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No