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Eyes of Darkness [Mass Market Paperback]

Dean Koontz
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

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Jan. 11 2002
One year after her little boy Danny dies, his mother swears that she sees him in a stranger's car, and becoming obsessed with the mystery, she journeys to Las Vegas and the High Sierras in search of the truth. Reissue."

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Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.

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AT SIX MINUTES PAST MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY MORNing, on the way home from a late rehearsal of her new stage show, Tina Evans saw her son, Danny, in a stranger's car. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes Will Read a Great Book Sept. 30 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A grieving Vegas mother Tina Evans, is just starting to come to terms with her young son Danny's death. Someone starts leaving her messages in her son's room and at work saying stuff like Not Dead! She decides to exhume the body of her son which she was too distraught to see before he was buried to put her mind a rest. Elliot her friend and lawyer is visited by two men who want to know why she is doing this and what she knows about their secret organisation. She is also simultaneously visited by a friendly gasman and that is when the fun begins for them both.
This is a pretty good book and I don't want to give anything away by being clearer with my next comment but I do wonder why the writer of the messages to Tina could not be clearer rather than just writing Not Dead and other simple messages when they have such exceptional communication abilities. That is my only question with what is a sensational novel that you will not be able to put down until the final page. This is not a masterpiece like Night Chills, Watchers and Intensity but it is still definitely five stars in literature quality. I highly recommend The Eyes of Darkness to anyone after a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The "Eyes" have it! Aug. 12 2001
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"The Eyes of Darkness", originally written under Koontz' pen name of Leigh Nichols, has been updated and tweaked somewhat to fit a 90's audience. The story remains the same and the plot ("Mother searches relentlessly for son she believes is still alive") is easy to follow. As with most Koontz books, there is the right amount of suspense, romance and humor. He really IS a wonderful storyteller who is adept at creating believeable and likeable characters.
My only criticism is with the plot's dependancy on the paranormal to keep it going. Telekinesis, hypnotism, and permonitions all play major roles in this novel. I guess I would rather have seen a more "reality-based" plot. I think the same story could have basically been told, but in a more believable manner. On the other hand, if you're a true believer in the world of the paranormal, you'll absolutely love "The Eyes of Darkness".
For those of you who are Koontz fans you'll no doubt find this another typical terrific "read". (If nothing else, it's an extremely quick read!) For those of you trying Koontz for the first time, I would recommend some of his later, more polished works. ("Strangers", "Watchers", "Mr. Murder", and "Shattered" are just a few of his absolute best, in my humble opinion!)
Koontz remains one of the most reliable and prolific authors in our country today. You know when you pick up one of his books it will be well-written with great characteriztion and a terrific story. "The Eyes of Darkness" is no exception!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this book Nov. 15 2003
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I love a good bone chiller but this certainly was not it. This reminded me of a summer read a young teen would enjoy. The book was actually too easy to read. I guess I like a little bit more of a challenging book that keeps you guessing and makes you think. It starts off as a story of a mother's hope of the possibility of her son being alive then explodes into this action adventure and then science fiction. A lot of it was plain out ridiculous. Especially, when the son is sending his mother messages telepathically.
The end of the book was a simple ending compared to all the action going on. It was almost like the author couldn't make up his mind how he wanted to write his book. The book was a quick read that's what I did like about it but kept hoping it was going to get better. Of course, my favorite read is "Lovely Bones", and so reading this afterwards may have spoiled it for me. This book was not a well written book. I was very disappointed
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5.0 out of 5 stars We've seen it before, but we still like it!! Feb. 4 1998
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Mr. Koontz seems to like plots about scientific experiments going wrong in labs...I could go on and mention a series of books of his which deal with this. However, this review concerns this book only. And a good book, it is. I enjoyed it immensely as I have done with all of his other books (I have 32 in total, a few missing) The lab aspect isn't the only one we have seen before, either. There is also the grief-struck mother who lost a child, and who also happens to have a gun, and falls in love with a guy who just so happens to have I AM THE HERO OF THE PLOT scrawled all over his forehead...these things are the trademark Koontzian predictables. However, there is always a different kind of twist to them, plus the very elegant and appreciative style of writing he uses to captivate the readers. All this ties in to make yet another success added to the bibliography of this great author, who stands in a class of his own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best May 19 2000
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I picked this book up in an airport during a long trip, and unfortunately it just made it longer. I am a HUGE Koontz fan, but this is not a book that tops my list (I disagree with a previous review though, in that Fear Nothing and Lightning are way up there). I understand that it was one of his earlier works, and not quite as polished as some of his more recent stuff, but it just really didn't seem to go anywhere but where I expected it to. There were a few spine-tingling segments, particularly the scenes in Danny's room, but that was about as believably supernatural as it got...everything else was a little over the top. I just couldn't care as much for the characters as I usually do, the plot wasn't up to par, and the romance aspect felt very contrived. I would recommend Intensity or some of the earlier works like Watchers and Whispers over this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MOTHER KNOWS BEST...
This is one of the author's earlier works, which was originally released under the pen name of Leigh Nichols. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2011 by Lawyeraau
3.0 out of 5 stars Ends up being a page-turner
The Eyes of Darkness, unlike most Koontz novels, has a slow beginning (too much about Tina's work), but once the character of Elliott gets some unwelcome visitors, the novel takes... Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2009 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars a suspense classic
This is the incredibly riveting, tightly written, and uniquely entertaining story of a lost child named Danny and the dedicated mother, Tina Evans, who will do anything to get him... Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
3.0 out of 5 stars reveiw
This book, while an excellent demonstration of an authors talent in drawing a make believe world into the reality, could have been better. Read more
Published on Oct. 1 2003 by LS
5.0 out of 5 stars Never disappoints
Dean Koontz never disappoints. Some of his books might be a little far-fetched (science fiction plots), but most always they are a great read.
I really enjoyed this book. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by Theresa W
4.0 out of 5 stars Good conspiracy novel
I enjoyed reading a book of his that was originally written under a pen name. A bit different than others I have read of his...but a good page-turner. Read more
Published on Jan. 11 2003 by BevW
3.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes
The Eyes of Darkness is one of Dean Koontz's best novels, but not his best. This book deals with the paranormal, such as, telekinesis and premonitions. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002 by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mother's Love
A tale that will keep you guessing. The scene is Las Vegas... After the supposed death of her son, Danny, Tina Evans starts obsessing over the belief that he is infact still... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 2002 by joe
4.0 out of 5 stars PARENTS' WORST NIGHTMARE!!
Paranoia, governement secrect projects, this is Koontz at (or near) the top of his form.
He weaves a tight story with witty dialogue, real characters, a smooth flowing story,... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Darren Jacks
3.0 out of 5 stars Trial Run
A woman is convinced her supposedly dead little boy is still alive. He seems to be supernaturally manifesting himself around her, but she's sure he isn't a ghost. Read more
Published on April 9 2002 by Bruce Rux
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