• by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Kate Burton
  • 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Past midnight, Chyna Shepherd, 26, gazed out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend's family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Forman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed "homicidal adventurer", Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse, or limits, to live with intensity. Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit. Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive, until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess' next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl, as moment by moment, the terrifying threat Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.


What the Critics Say

"The most viscerally exciting thriller of the year." (Publishers Weekly)
"Intensity chills the reader to the core and establishes Koontz as a master." (Associated Press)


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Customer Reviews

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One of the best Koontz Books!

This book grabs you IMMEDIATELY and never lets go. Years ago, this was one of the first Koontz books I ever read. I was thrilled to pick it up on audible and listen to it, rather than read it. The narrator did a great job and again, it had me on the edge of my seat. If you want a great read that gets you in the first few minutes, this is one!
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- Connie

Suspense from the first to the last page

After 5 minutes I was captured by this book - and this lasted until the end. Very "intense" book and highly recommendable.
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- Markus

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio