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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 matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly.Fear for your mind....

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False Memory Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-22 18:27

    I really enjoyed False Memory, perhaps not as much as some of Koontz' more traditional works of fiction, though. It's a powerful, eerie and deeply psychological novel in nature, sure to impress many horror fans, but its characters were very conventional and aside from a few great page-turning moments, I didn't really think this book was overly memorable and I don't really think I'd re-read it. I did love Koontz' descriptive prose and dialogue, though. He's got a gift for capturing the beauty of the seemingly mundane and making it surreal.

  • Maciek
    2019-05-15 23:40

    False Memory is a disturbing book.In one of the scenes in the beginning of the book, Martie Rhodes (the main heroine) is walking her dog and suddenly some mysterious disturbance falls upon her. What does Martie do ?"When she realized that the dog had finished his toilet, Martie slipped her right hand into a plastic petcleanupbag, using it as a glove. Being a good neighbor, she neatly collected Valet’s gift, turned the bright blue bag inside out, twisted it shut, and tied a double knot in the neck.(...)Performance of this familiar, humble task restored her mental balance. The little blue bag and its warm contents anchored her to reality. The weird incident remained troubling, intriguing, but it no longer frightened her."A gift ? And yes guys, it's a page long description of collecting fresh, steaming dog waste. Dogs are adorable creatures as most of us know but I've yet have to met a dog owner who finds solace in holding a warm bag full of his pup's poop. But hell, I'm not a bestselling American novelist so what do I know.I have a love/hate relationship with Dean Koontz. While I really liked some of his books I utterly loathed some of the others. Some people have ups and downs; Dean Koontz has his peaks and trenches. However there is something that drawns me to the guy's books, even if he just can't create characters that are something more than an extra employed to play his/hers part, who don't speak but relate what Koontz thinks, and his sometimes ridiculoysly bad overuse of metaphors and similes. He's propably one of those guys that require a special clause in their contracts after they rise to fame: that no editor is to touch their work. And False Memory could benefit from good editing; oh yes, it could have.First of all the thing is so long. My copy borders on almost 800 hundred pages. When a book is of that lenght the writer needs to maintain the suspense the whole way through, to keep the reader's interest - and Koontz doesn't. Since the title of the book is False Memory and it deals with people suffering from various phobias it's quite obvious what's going on - if you take into account that it's a Koontz book, who despises the academia and Hollywood. BrainwashingHe dealt with the theme before, most notably in 76's Night Chills which is two times shorter because he wrote it on a typewriter. The antagonist is revealed in approximately 1/4 of the book, and then the suspense dies.So what is left in False Memory ? nothing of any originality, if you've read Koontz before. Does a perfect couple with a dog running away from the evil psychopath on the loose sounds familiar ? Exactly. Add to it his standard bashing - the male lead talks to his dog how news are bad, well because, they are bad. And the main antagonist is a member of the academia and the son of a prestigious Hollywood director.On top of all this, it;s worth mentioning that Koontz is the master of writing himself into a paper bag and the invening retarded solutions for his characters to get them out of trouble he himself has gotten them into. False Memory is no exception; the evil doctor mets the end of his fate from the hand of his former patient, who despite being insanse is sane enough to devise a masterplan cunning enough to lure him out and shoot him, and then even ensure a lawyer for herself. Does this man take his readers seriously ? I don't know. And then he gives additional 10 pages of a picture-perfect ending. And that's the worst thing that plagues almost all of his books - the reader is unable to immerse himself in the narrative, because he;s always aware of Koontz's infulence over the story. He is the protagonist, he is the antagonist, he is the plot, he is the conclusion. There's no reality to this work - there's only constant awareness that we're reading fiction, and it's cheesy fiction. That's a bad thing; a bad thing indeed that is.So, did I dislike False Memory ? No. It's not the atrocity like From the Corner of His Eye or One Door Away from Heaven, where Dean called Wallmart and bought himself a whole set of thesauruses and sat down to write The Great American Novel - twice. But I can's say that I liked False Memory either; it's just a book that left me indifferent. I've read the story but didn't care for it; I don't regret the time spent on it but I don't feel it was all that well spent either (thankfully I read fast; and if things get really boring you can always skim). It's just another book that will find its place on my Koontz shelf. The real question is, why do I keep coming back for more after being disapponted again and again and knowing deep down that Koontz propably won't stop swimming in the sea of sugar and sweetness and never write a book that jumps out of his canvas ? Well, this propably can be answered by sentimentality, as he was one of the first guys who introduced me to horror fiction. And like a child to it's father I return and return, though it seems that the old man is getting senile.

  • Phrynne
    2019-05-09 01:51

    Dean Koontz writes two kinds of books, good books and brilliant books, and this was one of the latter. It was gripping from beginning to end, all 750 pages of it, and I found it unputdownable. I really enjoyed the fact that the two main characters were genuinely strong, intelligent people who played the baddy at his own game and did not constantly do stupid things. And I loved that after all the tension and stress Koontz still allowed the reader a satisfactory and happy ending. I read to be entertained and this book for me was pure entertainment.

  • Lasairfiona Smith
    2019-05-02 01:51

    Yes, Koontz has come up with a really cool idea. This is a serious psychological thriller. A woman has a friend who has a bad case of agoraphobia. Wait, now she has a crazy phobia. And now her husband too!Koontz delves into phobias and how they might affect a person. The character's journeys are intense and seemingly real. The antagonist is horrible and evil. The writing is really interesting...Until the end. Koontz couldn't write himself out of a paper bag. As good as the character's trials are written, I was expecting something better. To be honest I didn't finish the book because the ending was so random, so out of left field, so pulled out of his butt that I couldn't finish it (I think I was short 30 pages. I was listening to it on tape so I can't be sure).Three books by Koontz showed me that it is a disturbing trend in his writing. I avoid Koontz these days.

  • Karen
    2019-05-06 20:31

    What a steaming pile of unfiltered ordure this travesty of a novel is. I am amazed, and rather proud, that I fought my way through nearly 800 pages of this woeful nonsense that has almost zero characterisation, a dubious and scientifically improbable plot, and one of the most frustrating writing styles I have ever encountered.I hated it from the word go, but yeah, I somehow completed it. Part of me wishes I hadn't bothered. Another part is delighted, because I can now legitimately scathe about the awful thing.***Some Minor Spoilers Follow***I hardly know where to begin, so let's begin at the beginning. The first half - perhaps even the first 3/4s - is slow, dull, and eminently frustrating. You wait, fighting through the turgid and annoying prose, to see if it's ever going to make a point. For a long time, it does not. Even where it starts to, it still snaps back all too frequently to the two main protagonists - two people that you *long* for the bad guy to ruin, so vacuous and irritating they are - and you end up wanting to throw the bloody thing at the wall, desperately wanting it to GET TO THE F**KING POINT.The second half/last quarter has more pace, to be fair, but the characterisation is so poor that the only entertainment value comes from the truly psychopathic antagonist. It's a huge indictment on this bilge that you want *him* - a truly evil man - to be the victor in the battle.Linguistically (especially in the first half), Koontz's supremely appalling talent for hyperbolic and tenuous simile and metaphor is surely unsurpassed across the English speaking word. Another hugely annoying aspect of the writing is the fact that it's so dull, so dreadfully written as if his intention is to dumb down everything - yet then, every so often, he uses archaic, literary or otherwise insanely pretentious terminology, and it throws the reader into a confused disarray. Which is it, Mr Koontz? A novel for the masses, or an intended work of literary splendour? It can't be both.At about a quarter of the way in (and fair play to anyone else that forced themselves through the grating, sanctimonious narrative that characterised the writing to that point), the so-called plot reached a juncture at which virtually every future element of the story was more predictable than the very worst of 'Eastenders' episodes. At this point, I almost caved in, my intention being to merely read the Wikipedia article pertaining to the book to prove my estimates correct or otherwise (a pursuit which would almost certainly have been more engaging and worthwhile than reading the book itself). Pure anti-failure, determined masochism was the only thing that prevented me from having the sense to go through with this.Needless to say, the vast majority of my predictions turned out to be accurate. Well, that was a surprise.Perhaps the worst thing about this pathetic drivel is its affront to mental illness and, indeed, the very real phenomenon of repressed memory. At one point, about the middle of the book, one of Koontz's characters claims that repressed memories basically don't exist, that they are all invented through iatrogenic suggestion. There is a movement - the False Memory Syndrome Foundation - that espouse such claims. The concept may even be theoretically possible (see below), but the FMSF are largely discredited and most psychiatric and psychological scholars are agreed that repressed and recovered memories are usually accurate, at least at a general level. It is widely accepted that most claims of false memories are only used in court as a defence against historic abuse. In direct contravention of the allegations made by the aforesaid character, these claims - *not* the recovered memories themselves - are usually what fails in court. (*1, 2, 3)Unfortunately, and the entire novel's premise rests on this, induced false memory syndrome is presented as a perfectly viable practice. Whilst it is certainly arguable (and demonstrable by, for example, the MKULTRA programme) that hypnotic mind control *can* exist, the sad fact is that the book twists and normalises the concept into intertwining psychotherapy, a usually legitimate profession, and the induction of false memories. As noted above, this is a technique frequently employed by abusers who wish to disguise the actions they perpetrated to a victim during his/her childhood. It is usually used as a legal defence and eminent psychiatrists and psychologists the world over agree that it is a unsubstantiated and unlikely claim. Koontz's research, if he ever did any, is poor to say the least; that he doesn't even acknowledge that the idea of false memories is highly controversial, and that the practice of inducing them is unlikely to *ever* be done in the fashion discussed in his novel, does a massive disservice to genuine survivors of abuse who have been through the recovery of very real memories.Although its portrayal of agoraphobia is, to its credit, relatively accurate, the condition is consistently denied to be a real mental health concern, thereby demeaning the very real psychic suffering of those afflicted with this condition. Furthermore, the main female protagonist proclaims about a quarter of the way through that she would rather have a brain tumour than a mental illness; this appears to suggest to the reader that mental illnesses are either incurable or unmanageable, which is a contention that is patently and quite demonstrably false.I do appreciate that the novel, as a supposed thriller, is not intended to be necessarily realistic; however, the sad fact is that mental and trauma-induced illnesses remain highly societally stigmatised, and it strikes me that people who are lay to this arena may not feel that they have sufficient reason to question the dubious nature of the novel's portrayal of these issues.All scientific criticisms aside, it just sucks ram bollocks anyway. It is boring. It is humourless (save for the odd psychopathic fantasy from Ahriman). It is pathetically characterised and hopelessly lacking in substantive plotting.In short, whilst its turgid prose tries, and fails, to be literary and pretentious throughout, all the book succeeds in doing is atrophying and irritating the reader's mind. The very best part of it was closing it for the final time.First and last exposure to Dean Koontz. Sorry.---* A few examples of sources1

  • Michaela
    2019-04-25 20:35

    I've been reading this book for about 3 months...finally finished it last night. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors because his books are always so incredibly suspenseful. False Memory is yet another example of suspense and bone chilling imagery. Koontz' characters are developed so well and are so realistic that you often forget they are fictional. He even finds ways to bring subtle humor into the most disturbing of events, for example "Dusty was thinking so hard that the wax would have been blown out of his ears with the velocity of bullets" (388). The story revolves around a woman named Martie who wakes up one morning and is terrified by her own shadow and can't even look at herself in the mirror. This phobia is called autophobia. To add to the chaos, Martie has a friend with agoraphobia (scared of going outside) who she often takes to therapy sessions. As one could imagine, these trips to the doctor with her friend are extremely difficult! Basically, Martie's once happy marriage begins to fall apart completely, and her husband, Dusty, is desperate to find out what's wrong with her. The plot thickens!!!!!! Dusty takes Martie to the same therapist as her agoraphobic friend, in which he discovers that he HIMSELF has an even more bizarre condition than Martie. I don't want to give away anymore, but I highly suggest this book to anyone who loves suspense. However, I do not recommend this book to those who don't want to have nightmares about going crazy.

  • Vicki
    2019-05-13 00:36

    Awesome!This is a "psychological thriller" to the max. It is about a psychiatrist that uses a combo drug/hypnosis/haiku to get into his subjects minds and control them. He can implant false memories, intense mental illnesses, and tell them to do horrible things. He has absolute complete control over his victims by just saying a word. I have to say that I have been a Koontz fan for a very long time, but this truly was the best book that I have ever read by him. Absolutely, extremely intense. What an awesome story...truly amazing and absolutely terrifying. I loved it!!

  • Javi
    2019-05-11 20:38

    As much as I used to love Dean Koontz's books, this wasn't one his finer moments. First of all, he gives everything away in the title- why would he be so obvious? It's a terribly long book and from the very beginning you already know what's going to happen and since the pool of suspects able to come up with such an elaborate scheme is so small ( really, it's just one person), there's no real suspense and that's saying a lot considering that the book is supposed to be about fear and extremely debilitating phobias. Yes, he describes those phobias very well but that's not enough in itself to create enough momentum to propel the story forward at a speed that would leave you breathless and most of all, scared, which should have been one of the points of the book. Ovearll, the book is disturbing. But as much as I'm willing to suspend disbelief when I read any book, I know that the events described by Koontz would never happen in real life, they are too extreme. The antagonist is not really only an adversary, it's a full blown psychopath. The heroes of the book? They're just normal people like you and me who happen to figure everything out in the nick of time. And the problem is after a while you stop caring about what happens to them and you simply want the book to end. Man, I really misss the old Koontz that wrote gems like " Phantoms". Where is he? He's always been an author to suffer ups and downs but the difference between one book and the next can sometimes be astounding, and not in a good way. Unless you're a hard core Koontz fan, I would stay away from this book.

  • Peter
    2019-04-27 20:45

    Slow to get going, but once it does....: This is the first DK novel that I have read. It has been on my bookshelf for years and to be honest, the length has put me off several times. However, I made a pact with myself to read all the books on my shelves before I bought any new ones and this one was one of them. The first few chapters were slow to get going and I was daunted at the prospect of the next 1,000 pages - I am cursed with the afflication that once I start a book, I must finish it regardless! Nevertheless, my peseverence has paid off and I am happy to say that I have not read a more riveting novel in a while. The book is a real thriller. The writing is good. The plot is entertaining. The characters are colourful. I enjoyed it.

  • Angel Meyer
    2019-05-03 18:42

    ** SPOILER ALERT ** My review has a bare outline of the plot, but you need to read it to really get it.I love Dean Koontz, but this one took me a year to read; not because it was bad but because of the content. The story is about fear. Fear that is implanted into the subconscious mind by an unscrupulous Pshycologist/Doctor who is protected by a government agency due to his research in behavior control.In exchange for implanting thoughts and unquestioned obedience in chosen persons, the Doctor is allowed to play his "games". The Doctor enjoys implanting a small fear, increasing it until it is a full blown phobia, and once he is done "playing" he will either have the person commit suicide or they will commit a major crime resulting in their death. What is frightening is that the techniques that the Doctor character uses are currently available and/or being researched. (e.e.; the ultimate soldier/the perfect person)The main characters are a husband and wife who begin to unravel the mystery of their newly manifested fears and unexplained moments of lost time by questioning what is happening to them. It is their love and trust for one another that assists in their quest to break away from the fear and find answers.

  • Hava
    2019-05-07 21:53

    Let me preface this by saying that I used to read quite a few Dean Koontz books when I was a kid. I hadn't picked one up since high school, and since this particular book had been sitting on my shelf since the late 90's, I felt obligated to read it. I was also curious to see how how his writing had held up since I was a child. I don't remember Koontz's books as being particularly well written, but they were entertaining and involving as far as plot went. Well, Koontz is a fairly awful writer. The writing is clunky and slack. The book's premise is a woman with autophobia, literally "fear of the self". The first two hundred pages of the book are well paced and taut, and if he had just kept the book at half the length, it would have been a fun thriller. But no. Koontz stretches out the book to an interminable 751 pages. You're not Dostoeyvsky, dude! I couldn't wait for this God-awful book to end. I'm going to cleanse my palate with something that's better written.

  • Jessi
    2019-04-23 01:38

    Its not fair! Some people were just born to write...This book made me experience so many emotions i thought i was going to puke. What a scary thought to be trapped inside yourself and not be in control of the decisions you make.

  • Morgan Ives
    2019-04-21 18:51

    My favorite part of Dean Koontz's books is not knowing what to expect. Sometimes, the stories have perfectly logical and scientific explanations. Sometimes, everything is driven by something supernatural. Most times, it's a delightful blend of the two. Part of what keeps me reading is to find out which it will be: logic or supernatural.A portion of my disappointment with this novel was he reveals that mystery so early in the book. There was some nice minor surprises throughout, but I figured out the identity of the bad guy and his methods chapters before the main characters did. Also, I kept waiting for the twist, the science-gone-bad or supernatural-world-collision...and it never happened. What you figure out in the first half of the book is all you get. It was a terrifying idea, don't get me wrong, but once revealed, the book should have ended quickly. And it kept going.I was also disturbed by the graphic images of horrifying things happening to children, but that's a personal preference. If you have problems with children being tortured and killed, you should avoid this book.Of course, a good Koontz novel is like a great novel from just about any other author, and I didn't want to put it down. But I won't reread this one, like I do so many of this others.

  • Cherie
    2019-04-28 18:34

    Whoa! I'll start by saying the bad guy is a super-sociopath. The book is about what it says in the title: false memory. The main characters have lapses in their memory and start coming down with weird psychoses. The plot and events that happen in the book are a little frustrating, that's probably why it takes some people months to years to read it. But when you're at the middle to the end of the book, you can't put it down because you so badly want to see the bad guy go down.

  • Dustin Crazy little brown owl
    2019-05-19 00:47

    I'm Listening(on audiobook).False Memory is real thriller. The plot is entertaining. The characters are colorful. I'm enjoying it.2015 Update:This was my fourth time reading False Memory, and I believe the most enjoyable read since my initial experience. This is one of Dean Koontz's best books, also one of his lengthier novels.

  • Caroline
    2019-05-02 21:26

    There was a good story in here somewhere - it was just buried under mountains of unnecessary detail and gratuitous haiku. Could have done with losing two hundred pages or so.

  • Lucy Morton-smith
    2019-05-11 00:43

    A brilliant book for fast paced action, suspense, amazing plot twists, lovable characters and amazing villains. The description of this book does NOT do it justice, however I wouldnt be able to describe it without a few slight spoilers. Just read it. It's the only way to appreciate the awesomeness that is this book. The plot is amazing. It has the most plot twists of any book that I can remember. The characters are both amuzing in their humour and lovable. It's the kind of book that has you screaming 'for the love of god, don't open that door!' and praying they get out alive when they do. (That reference isnt to the book, it is just used as an example for what I mean.. there is no danger to the characters from opening doors :P) This book also raises anger as well as sorrow and hope. I found one of my most hated characters of all time hidden inside this book, and it left me wanting to scream at her how much of a horrible person she was, and hoping that she didn't live to see the end of the book. (Whether she did or not, you'll have to find out. And I promise when you read this book, you'll know EXACTLY who I'm on about. GRRR!!! D:< ). It was also interesting to learn about the different phobias encountered in this book.Best Points:+ Evokes a lot of emotion+ Amazing plot twists+ Amuzing charactersWorst Points:- None :)

  • Marina Dubois
    2019-04-23 19:46

    As a Dean Koontz fans I must say that this is one of his best books. It might be confusing to someone who is new to this kind of writing, because it can be quite jumpy and sometimes absurd. But that is what I love about him. For beginners I suggest to read his books "Intensity" or "The Servants of Twilight" (the latter is also a movie)because they are easier.It was easy to read and so exciting that I could not put it down. His way of decsrbing the events and surroundings, as well as the characters is amazing. It is like the reader intertwines with the story, enters the narrative and experince what happens from front row. The phobias is depict with such a depth that the story is perceived frightening realistic. Halfway into the book you get to know who the bad guy is, but the author manages to keep the creeping feeling throughout the story.

  • Fiza Pathan
    2019-04-29 00:39

    On the cover of my copy of ‘False Memory’ is a quote about the author by The Times which states that the author Dean Koontz is :“ Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler”This is according to me the perfect analysis of not only the authors works in general but also with regard to the book ‘False Memory’. The novel wraps the reader in a web of literature which makes the reader tense & agog with the happenings……I won’t be exaggerating by saying that, the novel felt a lot like a 3D Film with all the special effects courtesy of Dean Koontz who makes the scenario so impressively real &….’happening’. It’s a fast paced thriller with enough of shocking material to make it a must read for any reader interested in a good mystery. What is more however, is the dark recesses of the human mind that Koontz allows his reader to get his or her teeth into. Koontz actually through this novel, has given us a glimpse of a very morbid side of the human brain which can stoop to the most gross business possible, just to feel POWERFUL or in control……the deep dark desire inherent in all of us to control & manipulate is seen in ‘False Memory’ & …….it is seriously frightening. Dean Koontz has done something equal to an exorcist. He has managed to make the evil side of the imagination ‘talk’. The sordid nature of men in power who we trust with our lives at times (if not all the time) taking us for a ride…..turning us into puppets for their own disgusting pleasurable purposes is gruesome………but, it is real…….IT HAPPENS…….IT HAPPENED………..IT WILL KEEP ON HAPPENING ! As long as men are power hungry & human life is treated like a mere commodity, ‘False Memory’ can take place over & over again, across borders……….into the very depths of the human brain.The story puts the reader on target at the very beginning itself in the usual Dean Koontz way, & an ardent Dean Koontz reader will know, the action always begins in the first chapter itself. In the story, we have four people who are connected in a very intricate way. There is Martie who is a well-balanced & great human being, until out of the blue she is diagnosed with autophobia (fear of oneself) ; there is her best friend Susan, who apparently also suffers from a serious phobia called agoraphobia (the fear of open places) & feels that she is being mysteriously sexually violated in her sleep….when there is no one in the house & the doors are bolted ; there is Dusty who is Martie’s ever caring & alert husband who is always out to help people, but who cannot get over the fact that he has been having some memory lapses ; then there is Skeet, Dusty’s wayward 23 year old brother who is an addict to drugs & suddenly one day plans on finishing himself by jumping off someone’s roof. All these incidents are neatly warped up in a maze of deceit & violence beyond ones imagination.The characterization is excellent but, the character in the book that most intrigued me was the psychiatrist Dr. Mark Ahriman. He is shrouded in mystery although he is the real central character of this whole story & appears in every chapter after the first few three initial chapters. What I appreciate is the way Koontz brings out the terrible side of this man of medicine which results in dire consequences. The doctor himself was a child prodigy but who had a warped sense of living life that clouded his humanity & unleashed his thirst not only for the tears of his victims but also the power to control them. This character brought to my mind the various influential people in today’s modern world who have power in their hands…….but do we really know what’s really going on in their minds, its eerie & so is Dr. Ahriman. The novel also brings to light corruption in the medical field where people with influence get away with murder or even child molestation……….or worse! (as in the case of the novel) Such practitioners instead of being on the edge, rather, enjoy themselves in style without the slightest trace of a conscience ; of course, sometimes insanity & warped mentalities does aid to obliterate all reason just like in the book ‘False Memory’. There is a contrast of conscience however seen in the character of the ruthless doctor & in Martie , Dusty, Skeet & Susan ; the later four although not highly intellectual, are much better humans than not only Dr. Ahriman but also Dusty’s step father whose half crazed world of ‘ideas’ got the whole lot of characters into the mess in the first place. This novel proves that, what the world needs is not intelligent personalities, but people with hearts big enough to save even one life.The way the author unravels the mystery through the person of the astute Dusty is pure genius & his descriptions are spooky enough to drive the reader into a frenzy if read at night. Altogether, a very interesting thriller to possess in one’s library.

  • Kaitlyn Gilpin
    2019-05-21 00:30

    "False Memory" by Dean Koontz places regular characters in an outrageous storyline. The protagonist is Martie Rhodes, who is a video game designer. Her husband, Dustin (Dusty) Rhodes, is a house painter. The only thing out of the ordinary in their lives is Martie's friend Susan, who is an agoraphobic and Dusty's brother-in-law Skeet, who is a drug addict. Due to these characters, you think it'd be a boring story, but it's quite intriging. It starts off with going to Susan's therapy session and Dusty at his job. It quickly becomes clear although the day starts normal, it is far from it. Dusty and Martie are losing their time, minds, and trust in everything they once knew. But, what's worse is finding out someone is lurking behind these incidents, someone evil with an unknown purpose.Overall, I would rate the book four out of five stars. I don't like how it takes awhile to really get the story going. Although I understand you have to set the stage for the whole plot, I feel the fear factor should have been increased earlier on or at least the confusion should have been more profound. Other than that, I like the novel a lot. I especially like the ending when everything finally comes together, but it still remains unexpected. I also like how every little thing has a biggger purpose in the story and is rementioned countless times. That is why I rank the novel four out of five stars.

  • Siobhan
    2019-04-27 23:45

    Another masterpiece by Koontz with his usual mix (that being laughter, sorrow, shock and countless hour of sleep lost due to being engaged in the book). As always with Koontz the characters are realistic and relatable allowing you to fall in love with particular characters within a handful of chapters. I found myself laughing more than usual with this one, although there were countless moments in which I felt myself saying ‘no’ due to my heart breaking. But of course, to say any more on either of those would be to spoil the story for you.Whilst it may seem like a daunting read it is most certainly worth it. As a fan of larger books I did not mind the length at all, although I’m sure that other readers will easily find themselves wrapped up in the storyline questioning how they managed to get through so many pages so quickly. This book also contains the masses of knowledge that you would expect to find with almost any Koontz book – with the area of specialities being phobias. I’m sure by the end of it your phobia knowledge will be greatly enhanced!

  • Jodie
    2019-05-19 01:55

    This was my very first Dean Koontz book and it's the reason I got addicted to his writing. I think I was in high school at the time and it made me feel very smart to read a story with so much psychological jargon...not only could I read it but i could actually understand it, too! That's what I like about Koontz: he dumbs everything down for you enough that you can follow the storyline but not so much that you feel like a kindergartener reading your first chapter book. When I was older I re-read the book because I'd accidentally bought it a second time. The second time around was a little less thrilling (maybe because I already knew what was going to happen). I think that's how most of his books are: gripping the first read-through but definitely not meant to be re-read.

  • Kat Black
    2019-05-20 19:33

    I really love the way DK writes. The intensity is something I strive to capture in my own writing. This book is fantastic. The premise great, the characters immediate and engaging, but I wondered if the actual killer came in too soon (about a quarter of the way in). I think I wanted to be hung up until the end but wasn't. On the other hand there were plenty of quick turns and changes I didn't expect that were just perfect. Koontz is one of the only writers that I go back to again and again and look closely at the writing style and the way each plot evolves and is concluded. Never lets me down.

  • Brooke
    2019-05-14 19:51

    Dean Koontz has long been one of my favorite writers, but this book made me truly grateful that I don't have to live with a mind like his! This book was so amazingly written and yet so deeply disturbing that it almost left me with a sick feeling. He has a way of drawing you into the story to such an extent that you couldn't stop reading if you wanted to...not that I really wanted to. I had to see how it was going to end. It's been a while since I read this book, and while I don't remember a lot of the specifics, I do remember how I felt at the beginning, middle, and end. It's definitely a book worth reading, but be prepared for the truly disturbing nature of the story!

  • jv poore
    2019-05-14 02:41

    Many years ago I met a person with an eidetic memory. I'm still intrigued. When I first read False Memory, I was thrilled with a character possessing an eidetic memory, particularly as it played such an intricate role in this psychological thriller.Because I'm ridiculously and embarrassingly behind on writing book reviews, I've relegated myself to re-reads only, until I catch up. This was a fabulous choice---it was as compelling and hard to put down this time around too.

  • Readermouse
    2019-05-01 19:55

    The false half of the book was more coherent and, in general, better written than the latter half. I enjoyed the role of the dog (a very realistic and incidental one) in solving this complex and evil crime. The villain is a particularly despicable and creepy poser of good and I found very disturbing.

  • Mitch
    2019-04-27 20:52

    Sat on the edge of my seat! Actually, I got half way through it then purchased it on audio CD because I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted reading and I wanted to know the outcome. I caught myself telling the characters what to do while I'm cruising down the highway.

  • Charlie Collins
    2019-05-09 00:54

    Maybe it's just me, but I don't understand how Koontz name constantly comes up in comparison to Stephen King. I decided to try another DK with this one, and again, it just doesn't work for me.

  • Steven Belanger
    2019-05-03 18:38

    I don't know what it is with my take on Dean Koontz books. Lately, I've been reading them, discouraged at first, then feeling better about it until it ends. That was the way of this one.It starts off with a killer first sentence, one so good that it will remind aspiring writers that the first sentence is so important. The book starts well, but takes awhile to get going again. You may be annoyed, as I was, at the constantly alternating POVs of the two major characters. Koontz must've realized this as well, because as soon as I was conscious of it, he stops alternating the chapters, sometimes writing consecutive ones about the same character, or starting one with one of the minor characters. Koontz does seem to adapt as he goes, which is an odd thing to notice as you're reading.There's way too much telling, rather than showing, especially at first. This was also an annoyance, but then it settles into its own groove, and it starts to work, even though you know as a writer that it shouldn't. But it does.The writing (and therefore the book) is saved by the characters. You won't have to be an astute reader to realize pretty fast what's happening. It reminded me of Curse of the Scorpion right away, by page 20 or so, once one of the characters gets a phone call (there are no cell phones here, though it was published in 1999) and says, "Wrong number." That immediately reminded me of Woody Allen's movie (and almost of the tune played in it) and I knew what was afoot. Koontz, to his credit, seems to realize that his readers aren't idiots, and he stops the pretense of identifying the bad guy at just the right time; he almost goes too long and almost insults the reader by doing so.Once the bad guy is revealed, the book does a 360 and becomes something else. The characters really take the reins, and you're happy for that. An actor playing the bad guy role in a movie would then have a lot of fun with it, and he is by far the most interesting character. Koontz doesn't fall for him and focus almost exclusively on him like Stephen King does in his bad books (like Under the Dome), but it's close. Still, it works, though again you're conscious of Koontz monitoring the situation as you're reading, which again is odd indeed.The minor characters, again to Koontz's credit, are also fleshed out, which is not typical of many books, especially in this genre. There are a couple of scenes that made my eyes roll (one involving Kevlar, which is an infamous cheat, and would've had Annie Wilkes rightfully hollering), but you'll get past them and it'll be all right. There's a woman there who's truly a monster, and she's not even the antagonist. A sense of idiosyncrasy that comes close to silliness pervades, but it stops just short of that line, and again I got the sense of Koontz keeping a watchful eye on that as well. The two main characters are maybe a little too pure and perfect, which may annoy some, and there's a desert scene that maybe takes too long--but it works. There are cliffhangers that are definitely drawn out too much, and some of them turn out to be nothing. Some cliffhangers again would've had Annie Wilkes correctly screaming about the cockadoodie car, but if you've read Koontz before, you should be used to that. It's cheap and very obvious, but it works more often than it doesn't.Overall a good read, not too taxing. Perfect for a lazy day or a sick afternoon and evening. Pretty good if feeling fine, as well.

  • NaTaya Hastings
    2019-05-11 18:41

    A good book and VERY creepy. It really makes you think twice about who you let into your head. However, it was a bit long and dragged in quite a few places. Also, some of the occurrences in the book.... well, they were a bit silly. I couldn't help but roll my eyes a few times. In those instances, I lost a bit of respect for the book as a whole, and there were enough of those instances that it dropped my given rating to three stars instead of the four I had expected to give it. Still, it was nice and creepy, and I liked the main story line overall. Koontz just needs to learn how to trim and fine tune. This book could have been 200 pages shorter, cutting out some of the more extraneous scenes and characters, and been a much better book overall.