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False Memory [Kindle Edition]

Dean Koontz
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Not a continuation of the "Moonlight Bay" series (Seize the Night and Fear Nothing) as many fans were expecting, False Memory is nonetheless just as powerful and compulsive as anything he has written before.

Martie Rhodes is a successful young computer games designer with a loving husband, Dusty, and a seemingly normal life. Her best friend, Susan, however, suffers from agoraphobia, (fear of open spaces), and relies on Martie to get to her weekly therapy sessions. Suddenly and inexplicably, Martie herself begins exhibiting worrying signs of a mental disorder, fearing herself capable of inflicting great harm on her loved ones. At the same time, Dusty's brother Skeet also succumbs to irrational mental behaviour and tries to throw himself from a roof. It soon becomes clear that the four are involved in something much more than a sinister coincidence.

Koontz's great skill, as he demonstrates so well in this novel, is creating believable characters and thrusting them into seemingly impossible but--for the period of the story--completely plausible situations. The plot is as carefully layered as the most intricate orchestral compositions and Koontz conducts the proceedings with almost unbearable tension. One of his greatest abilities as a writer, however, is tapping into the dark paranoia of society. Living in an age where we are becoming increasingly desensitised to death and violence, Martie's fear of herself, known as autophobia, seems a terrifying warning that soon the only thing we will have left to fear is ourselves.

Deeper meanings aside, this is easily one of his best thrillers. The prose moves at a breakneck speed and the denouement will leave you with a pounding heart and chill down your spine. Koontz delivers exciting, boundary breaking fiction better than anyone else in the game and False Memory (though at times shocking and disturbing), is a perfect example of a master author in top form. --Jonathan Weir

Review

`Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler` (The Times)

PRAISE FOR FALSE MEMORY

`Koontz redefines suspense` (The Times)

'A very readable, fairly ingenious and completely preposterous story' Mail On Sunday

`Koontz`s style bleaches out clichés while showing a genius for detail` (Publishers Weekly)

'A compulsive nail-biter of a thriller-cum-love story that will satisfy Koontz's legion of fans' Caravan Magazine

GENERAL

`Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler` The Times



`Koontz`s art is making the reader believe the impossible... sit back and enjoy it` (Sunday Telegraph)

`A master of the thriller genre` (Washington Post)

`Koontz redefines suspense` The Times

`He combines rich, evocative prose, some of the warmest - and also some of the most despicable - characters to be found in fiction, technical speculations that seem to come directly from today`s headlines and a sense of on-the-edge-of-the-seat pacing to create thrillers that are not just convincing, but thought-provoking as well` (Mystery Scene)

`Koontz`s style bleaches out clichés while showing a genius for detail` Publishers Weekly

`A moral fable for the turn of the millennium, an engagingly written, hugely entertaining parable for our times` (The Times)

`Koontz`s art is making the reader believe the impossible... sit back and enjoy it` Sunday Telegraph

`A master of the thriller genre` Washington Post

`Fast and furious... like a hospital trolley on a toboggan run` (Mail on Sunday)

`He combines rich, evocative prose, some of the warmest - and also some of the most despicable - characters to be found in fiction, technical speculations that seem to come directly from today`s headlines and a sense of on-the-edge-of-the-seat pacing to create thrillers that are not just convincing, but thought-provoking as well` Mystery Scene

`Koontz presents a unique fictional world well-grounded in convincing detail. Readers will be riveted to the narrative. Koontz`s familiar theme of life`s victims surviving the odds emerges here as forcefully as it does in SOLE SURVIVOR and INTENSITY, but Snow`s physical limitations give it a more dangerous and intriguing edge` (Publishers Weekly)

`A moral fable for the turn of the millennium, an engagingly written, hugely entertaining parable for our times` The Times

Praise for FEAR NOTHING

`Fast and furious... like a hospital trolley on a toboggan run` Mail on Sunday

`Koontz presents a unique fictional world well-grounded in convincing detail. Readers will be riveted to the narrative. Koontz`s familiar theme of life`s victims surviving the odds emerges here as forcefully as it does in SOLE SURVIVOR and INTENSITY, but Snow`s physical limitations give it a more dangerous and intriguing edge` Publishers Weekly

`Plausibly chilling... Koontz at his best` Express on Sunday

`Koontz is working right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare and Dickens. He`s got the gift` The Weekend Australian

`Koontz can really spook, and his dialogue and pacing rival the best` New York Post

Praise for SOLE SURVIVOR

`Masterfully styled, serious entertainment. These are Koontz`s great years` Kirkus Reviews

`Koontz has bridged the commercial gap between the occultism of Stephen King and the scientism of Michael Crichton` Publishers Weekly

`This is a book to keep you awake reading long into the night, but for once not afraid to turn out the light... Nice one, Mr Koontz` The Times

`A fast-paced read` Mail on Sunday

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1167 KB
  • Print Length: 770 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553840282
  • Publisher: Bantam (20 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000UDNBR6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #136,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania where I graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University). When I was a senior in college, I won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition and have been writing ever since. My first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where I was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. During my first day on the job, I discovered that the previous occupier of my position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge but also tension, and I was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. I wrote nights and weekends, which I continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg. After a year and a half in that position, my wife, Gerda, made me an offer I couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of my writing career. Gerda and I live in southern California with their dog Anna, and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose hugely entertaining parables for our times have been bestsellers in many countries, selling seventeen million copies each year.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Reader
Format:Paperback
I struggled to read the beginning of the book as everything felt tedious. I nearly stopped reading, the pace was too slow, and the length could have been cut by half.
However, by the middle of the book, I was so gripped with the events and characters, I just could not stop reading. I found character development strong, interesting, and funny at times.
There were also moments of brilliance in the book, and my only gripe is that, it could have been shorter and more effective hence 3 stars rather than 5. I wish there was a midpoint between 3 and 5 but alas!, there isn't. I would definitely read more books by this author though as his books have always been engaging and interesting.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book I've ever read 17 Sep 2005
By Macca
Format:Paperback
I chose the book because it was on the best sellers shelf at WH Smith and it was thick enough to get me through the holiday... I read the 800+ pages in less than two weeks whilst working as a waitress some 50+ hours a week!!!
I felt that the 'memory loss' intrigue was dealt with so carefully and obviously so well researched that you had to believe it was true and, worse, it could have been YOU!!! With this book the quote 'master of our darkest dreams' takes a fuller, more (in)human dimension. False memory is a literary jewel.
Prepare to enter a reading transe - that's how i felt when I read it - and I still supect there might be subliminal messages in the book to make you finish all the 816 pages of the paperback!!! It will leave you despeartely wanting more...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does make you think......! 25 Aug 2007
Format:Paperback
I am a big Dean Koontz fan and have read the majority of his books. I agree with some reviewers in that you do get some of his stories that wander on the same story lines. This book is slow to start but it's just background building and in my opinion well worth the time!

Once your into the story and things start sliding into place you'll never put it down! You'll finish the book wondering (worrying?) about whether it could happen to you! Some things are taken to the extreme ( lets face it if they weren't it wouldn't be a good horror/thriller if some things weren't out of the ordinary!) but the main story will leave you with that feeling of someone watching you!

If I could I would give it a 4.5 stars just due to the slow start!

Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first book I read for Dean Koontz was Watchers - it was enough to get me hooked on his books. False Memory is an intense plot painted with achingly real characters. Dean enhances the plot with a deeply descriptive writing style which may at times seem puzzling but nonetheless adding flavour to the action.
Although this is quite a large book, it reads like a breeze because the actions takes place in a very short period of time. The story reveals itself slowly, increasing the suspense with every page. The mere fact that this is a psychological thriller makes this book one of a kind.
What I favored in this book was that not many characters are wasted. There is no excessive frustration at loosing characters that we have become emotionally attached to. Even the most bizzarre behavior exhibited by the characters is convincing - and you will see a lot of that!
Dean Koontz has obviously put a lot of research into this book in order to write about complicated aspect of the human mind: total control of the subconscious. I was left in awe at the end of every chapter and I hereby declare it well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 29 April 2007
By Pete A
Format:Paperback
Let me firstly say that I have never been sure whether I like Dean Koontz books or not. There is no doubt that he is a very good writer but he has been through some periods where he has written some pretty awful books. Fortunately this book is not one of those as it is brilliant.What the author does brilliantly is show how vunerable the human mind can be and how strong a persons character can be when they are trying to stop someone from exposing that vulnerability. This is basically what this whole book is about. Some people may be intimidated byt the sheer size of this novel but don't let this put you off as unlike with some other author's there are no wasted words. This book is not out and out scary in a horror sense in the way that say, Stephen King is, but it is very scary in it's realism. I mean the subject of this book is a subject that could actually happen. It centres on an extremely manipulative psychiatrist who uses people's emotions against them. I can't really say much more than that as I wouldn't want to spoil it but it is simply an unputdownable book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 300 pages of story 5 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
This is quite the most irritating novel by Koontz. Inside the novel there is a good and exciting story - about 300 pages! But this book is stretched to over 600 pages, padding the storyline with repetitive annoying and unnecessary drivel. The main theme becomes obvious early but, for me, the padding is unbelievably overdone. I hated it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the frst dean koontz book i read 2 Nov 2004
By lynn
Format:Paperback
false memory is an amazing book and keeps you guessing right up until the end, i couldn't put it down and it started me off buying dean koontz books i now have over 30 of his books, and my collection is still growing, a must read for any dean koontz fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer 14 Dec 2007
By Claudia
Format:Paperback
This was my first book by Dean Koontz. I bought this book when I was in London on vacation. Liked what I read on the cover and was intrigued. I've been a fan of Stephen King since I was 15 and until I read this book, I hadn't found an author that could create the same suspense and take you to a climax of emotions (horror and mistery novels, of course). I've recently bought "The Mask" and "Life Expectancy", but I haven't read yet because I'm reading other book at the moment. But with this one title, I've become a fan and I've planned to buy most of his books. If you like suspense, mistery and the feeling of riding on a roallercoster, this is an author to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I really enjoyed this book. It had all of the usual ingredients of a great Dean Koontz story. Plenty of drama & action.
Published 1 month ago by Nicki Bow
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
As usual with this author Dean koontz one is completely drawn into the book from page one. The way he writes about ordinary occurrences are described in such delightful details,... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars compelling
This is a typically compelling Dean Koontz book. Thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. Hive it a go, it won't disappoint
Published 3 months ago by Gail
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
I am a big fan of Mr Koontz dating back to when he had an "R" in his name. I must admit that I haven't enjoyed some of his later offerings. Read more
Published 3 months ago by T. A. Watterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Tense and worth reading
Typical Dean Koontz style, tense and clever storyline, well written.
If you enjoy his other books you will enjoy this.
Will make you paranoid!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars False Memory
Absolutely loved this book as I love all of this authors novels. Plot was not too far fetched that you would think this could not happen.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Jean D
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A highly descriptive page turner. Recommended. Imaginative, great story. Ended too abruptly though. Could have milked it a bit more.
Published 15 months ago by Elena bibic
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete apathy...I know you can do better Mr Koontz!
I am arguably not qualified to write this review as I haven't finished the whole of this book - however as a long time fan of Mr Koontz I think that is a big indicator of a problem... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Decided to take this book on holiday as there are plenty of pages to get through. Found that i couldn't put it down as I became thoroughly immersed in the storyline. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2012 by Val B
5.0 out of 5 stars None
WOW, what a read! Had me looking around for dangerous everday objects.
Seemed to be holding my breath as I read it.
EXCELLANT
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