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What the Night Knows
What the Night Knows
Author: Dean Koontz
In the late summer of a long-ago year, Alton Turner Blackwood brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood?s crimes. Homicid...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553593075
ISBN-10: 0553593072
Publication Date: 10/25/2011
Pages: 560
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 91 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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barbsis avatar reviewed What the Night Knows on + 1076 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I love Dean Koontz but some of his books are fantastic while others are just ridiculous. Unfortunately this one falls closer to the ridiculous than the fantastic. John Calvino is a detective who goes off on a tangent (well he actually starts working a case that is not his and gets put on unpaid leave so he can work on it undisturbed???). His family is completely unrealistic. His beautiful perfect wife doesn't even bat an eyelash when John tells her he's lied to her for almost 2 was for her own good after all. And his kids are completely perfect and never get into trouble or fight with each other and they are home-schooled. Who the hell home-schools their children in this day and age? A rich artist that's who (his wife) because Nicki has all the time in the world to devote to her children. Um what about her paintings that basically support the family? John's children are more than precocious and are extremely mature for their age. The 13 year old boy, Zach is obsessed with one day being a marine and thinks how what he does now will impact his future career. 11 year old Naomi is a know-it-all who makes fun of her scaredy-cat baby sister (only in her mind of course). And 8 year old Minnie is some kind of psychic prodigy who designs complicated lego sculptures that have no basis in gravity or reality (and of course save the day in the end at the story).

I did think that the ghost of Alten Turner Blackwood was creepy and reading journal which was apparently written well after events happened gave interesting insights into his thoughts and his personality. However the repetitiveness of how the ghost inhabited victim after victim was annoying and way overdone.

It seemed to me that Mr. Koontz had a thesaurus at hand while writing this novel as some of the vocabulary was way out there. The 11 year old kept using "perspicacious" in almost every sentence. Also used were badinage and persiflage and even after checking my dictionary I still don't know what they mean.

Oh well, all in all not a great story but not exactly terrible either.
susieqmillsacoustics avatar reviewed What the Night Knows on + 1062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is a good book, more like the classic Dean Koontz that hasn't been evident in his last several books. It is a fairly quick read and I found it to be very spooky. It has some unexpected twists and is hard to put down. Very compelling. It is not among his best, but refreshingly closer to the old Dean we fans know and love. A scary, fun read I recommend.
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Helpful Score: 2
What I thought would be a great murder investigation mystery turned into a weird hocus-pocus novel that I really didn't want to finish - I did finish though because I had a week invested already. Strange - but that's Koontz for ya!
pbbook13 avatar reviewed What the Night Knows on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
To me Dean Koontz has always seemed to be a "wordy" writer and sometimes you just want him to get-on-with-it! In this story you don't mind so much the repetitious $65 words. I was glued to each page breathless with anticipation. Mixing a real life serial murderer with the occult Mr. Koontz has written a scary psychological thriller you will not want to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Part way through the book I realized I can't read scary stories about families now that I have my own. I am giving it four stars because it was gripping and terrifying, which is what I think Dean Koontz readers want!
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reviewed What the Night Knows on + 6 more book reviews
I loved this book it was very good.
earlsgirl avatar reviewed What the Night Knows on + 188 more book reviews
Definitely on the scary side! A good read, but found his overuse of the word "perspicacious" and "perspicacity" very annoying.
NeedyBookLover avatar reviewed What the Night Knows on + 16 more book reviews
When he was a teen, Detective John Calvino lost his family to a vicious serial killer. Now twenty years later his own family is at risk.

I am a fan of Dean Koontz but this book does not live up to previous writings. The book drags and the storyline is repetitive. This book lacks Koontz's usual flair. I decided to bypass the long wish list and get it from the library. I am so glad I did. This is not a keeper for me. I can't wait to return it.

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John Calvino (Primary Character)
Nicki Calvino (Major Character)
Zachary Calvino (Major Character)
Naomi Calvino (Major Character)
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