Friday, February 24, 2012

77 Shadow Street

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 27, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0553807714
  • Author: Dean Koontz
  • Cover art: I really like the simplicity of it.
  • Obtained:My personal book shelf
  • Over all rating: ****1/2 out of 5

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

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.

Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real—and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity’s destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads)

I'm in the minority on this one, most fans didn't like it, I'm not sure why exactly. Yes, there was a lot of description, I mean a lot. (Which is the only thing knocking this to a 4 1/2 from a 5.) I read this mainly at night and got creeped out a lot.

I really enjoyed how we got to see multiple POV's in this, Koontz always lets the reader know who's POV we are seeing. I really enjoyed Sparkle and Winny's characters. Mickey was by far the most eccentric of the characters and he freaked me out (But I think that this is what Koontz was going for.)

Koontz really did an awesome job on this book, there is so much to it! (Can't say too much as it would be a spoiler.) I also really liked how we got to see the POV of The One.
All of our character's stories are interconnected but individual at the same time, which was a nice touch. There was not a whole lot of dialogue in this one, which was a bit of a disappointment for me, but the descriptions captured more of the creep factor then dialogue could have even though the descriptions as I've said were a bit much at times. 

The ending was a lot different then I thought it was going to be but it wasn't a let down at all for me. 
If you are a fan, I'd suggest reading this one, if you are new to Koontz, I'd suggest this as well as his previous book Your heart belongs to me.

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