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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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4.0 out of 5 stars MOTHER KNOWS BEST... Jan. 3 2011
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the author's earlier works, which was originally released under the pen name of Leigh Nichols. I confess that I thoroughly enjoyed this thriller with paranormal overtones. It is definitely a guilty pleasure, and I read it in one sitting. It is a book that definitely keeps the reader turning the pages.

Tina Evans is a former Vegas showgirl, who is now producing extravaganzas for Vegas Hotels. Divorced from her husband, a Vegas casino card dealer, she is still mourning the death of Danny, her twelve year old son who died in a terrible accident while out on a Boy Scout trip in the Sierra Mountains. Apparently, the bus that was transporting the scouts drove off the mountain side. So horrific were Danny's injuries, that she never saw his remains.

Suddenly, just as she thinks that she may be starting to heal from her grief, the wounds are opened again, when she begins to get messages that are appearing seemingly of their own volition, advising that someone is not dead yet and is pleading for help. She eventually comes to believe that it is her son Danny.

When she meets a good looking lawyer by the name of Eric Stryker, she asks him to assist her in getting an exhumation order, as she feels that perhaps if she sees Danny's remains, she may get over the feeling that she has that Danny is alive. Eric agrees, but no sooner does he apply to a judge for such an order, that all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, people are out to kill both Eric and Tina.

Tina is now convinced that Danny is alive and that he is trying to let her know and lead her to him. Despite the odds, Tina and Eric make their way through the High Sierra Mountains to do just that, guided only by a mother's belief that her son is alive.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ends up being a page-turner Feb. 7 2009
By Chris
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 off and I went from crawling through the book to flying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a suspense classic July 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 back. A year has passed and still no sign of little Danny... but then a friend swears she spotted him in a stranger's car! Next, a mysterious note appears: NOT DEAD. Thus begins a mother's quest to save her kidnapped child, but little does she know of the dangers that await her in this especially gripping yarn that remains a personal favorite of mine.
David Rehak
author of "A Young Girl's Crimes"
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this book Nov. 15 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars reveiw Oct. 1 2003
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This book, while an excellent demonstration of an authors talent in drawing a make believe world into the reality, could have been better. It was a very good book but I think Koontz could have taken more time to explain. There were a few holes in the plot and it left me wondering about certain things at the end. The ending was also somewhat abrupt and unsatisfactory. However, as negative as this reveiw may seem, this book was very good. If I could I go back in time, I would read this book once again and have no regrets about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Eyes Will Read a Great Book Sept. 30 2003
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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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Eyes" have it!
"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. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2001 by coachtim
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