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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"77 Shadow Street"

by Dean Koontz, Peter Berkrot (narrator), AF, 2011, Playaway digital audio, 14hrs, rating=3.5
Source:  library

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.

Goodness, I don't know where to begin!  The narrator nailed "the One" too well that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up!!  I kid you not, his voice for it had the feel of Hannibal Lecter.  Of course one night, I made a mistake of listening to it in bed, in the dark, and alone without hubby dearest.  I had to turn it off or I'd have nightmares!!  I was surprise I hadn't!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I am a big wuss.  I don't do horror well.  But psychological thrillers interest me so I stuck to it.  It was pretty good.  A lot of characters and happenings but overall a mind bending ride!  In the end, you're left pondering and counting your blessings ..oh, and possibly have a renewed aversion to fungus!

Quite a fascinating outlook on good vs evil.  Through the guise of mystery entertainment, this read also gave plenty of opportunities to delve into human nature.  It takes you in an adventure of philosophy of life.  One for the thinking books.


  1. Ohhh .... I can't wait to buy a copy of this book once my book buying ban is over! Dean is one of my fav authors :-))!

  2. Hi Birgit --I guessed that you are ..I was contemplating on joining your Koontz challenge ..maybe later ..just too much on my plate right now. --Thanks for stoppin' by.


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