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The Animal Hour Paperback – 1992


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Grafton / HarperCollins (1992)
  • ISBN-10: 0586218459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586218457
  • ASIN: B000KL5I8I
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Relentless pace 31 May 2005
By Lynn Harnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reality and delusion are difficult to separate in Klavan's "The Animal Hour," a spiraling nightmare set in New York at Halloween. Nancy Kincaid begins her day by going to work - where no one recognizes her. Oliver Perkins wakes in a hangover haze to his grandmother's desperate appeal to find his younger brother.

As the day proceeds, Nancy's personality disintegrates, hammered relentlessly by a compelling voice and Oliver's pursuit leads him to a gruesome murder scene. Klavan ("Don't Say A Word") cuts between characters at moments of peak suspense, a time-honored device which ratchets up the tension admirably. Unfortunately it also calls attention to the characterization - strictly cut-out. But you can't have everything and Klaven's handling of action and psychological horror is heart-stopping.

Portsmouth Herald
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My first Klavan book 26 Jun 2006
By R. J. Riley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was just roaming the library waiting for something to pop out at me. I don't know why this book did just that. I didn't find the title terribly appealing, but it was curious enough to make me pick up the book and read the synopsis. I checked it out and brought it home with no expectations. Later that night I started reading and I could not put the damn thing down till I finished it! What a ride this was! This page-turner will keep you guessing to the end, at which point you'll wish there was more!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Read it three times! it's spooky, (gory), and funny 6 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book had me guessing, and wrong, about what was going on until almost the very end -- and i loved it! I've recommended this to friends who have enjoyed it as much. Sometimes the world doesn't make much sense, but Nancy Kincaid's "very bad day" wins the prize. (i've retyped this review 6 times trying not to give away plot details... just read the book, really. :-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
a bit demented ..in a good way 18 Sep 2013
By shalla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i found this book randomly
i normally don't go for this style of book, when i first found this book it had been miss shelved in the sci fi/fantasy section and i was a silly little teen that judged books by their cover

i still do that and am often right about what i will enjoy ;)

anyway, i read the back, i was curious and off it went into the pile of books my mom and i were buying that day
and i do mean pile, most book buying days was a minimum of 5 books for each of us and the really great days had us buying 10 or more for each of us

we love to read, way better than tv (usually)

so i was a young teen when i read this and i fell in love with it
i was living not too far from where it was all happening in the book
the words drew me in, the poetry added something that still sticks with me

and the ONLY thing i am annoyed about with this book
is that it isnt in kindle format as i write this review

even decades later
i still love this book
Twisty Bone-Chilling Suspense Novel Delivers Surprises 3 May 2007
By Eileen P. Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It's Halloween morning and Nancy Kincaid is about to discover that she has disappeared. When she arrives at her office in one of New York's top law firms, she is tired and feeling a little ill. But her world turns upside down when she realizes that none of her co-workers recognize her. "Excuse me, this is Nancy Kincaid's office, and you are not Nancy Kincaid." Bewildered and frightened, Nancy is forced to flee when her boss threatens to call the police. As she stumbles through the hostile streets of New York, Nancy begins to hear voices whispering in her ear, telling her that someone is going to be murdered tonight at 8 pm at the "Animal Hour". Now she must figure out who the victim is and where the murder will take place while the entire world treats her as crazy. Across town, a Greenwich Village poet named Oliver Perkins is just waking up from his latest bender. When his anxious grandmother calls to tell Oliver that his irresponsible younger brother has disappeared, Oliver reluctantly sets out to find Zach, sure he will have to rescue Zach from his latest disaster. Instead, Oliver finds the decapitated corpse of a young woman in his grandmother's abandoned house. Desperate to find Zach before the police, Oliver is propelled on a quest across New York that is somehow linked to Nancy Kincaid's search for her life. "Animal Hour" is a superb, complex thriller with bone-chilling suspense and frantic action. The reader will be unable to put down the book until the last page. Klavan is masterful in developing the dread and tension that makes the best suspense novel successful.
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