The Bad Place Paperback – 10 Jan 1991
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"Koontz's skill at edge-of-the-seat writing has improved with each book. He can scare our socks off."
A terrifying novel that will chill the blood even as it rends the heartsSee all Product Description
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Very 'off the wall' and different from anything I had read before. The characters were strong, the story unusual which leaves you gasping for more. Perhaps what impressed me most was Thomas, the boy with Downs Syndrome - DK somehow made me think about how frustrating it must be for someone with a condition like this when they struggle to communicate their feelings. It really got you inside his head and touched me in a way that no other author has.
I just couldn't put it down, desperate to know what happened next and yet sad when I finished it. Hence the reason why I have recently re-read it and still enjoyed it as much as the first time.
I would recommend it to anyone.
From the opening moment when Frank Pollard wakes up in an alley with no memory, to the last page of its twisty plot, Koontz never quite finishes piling up the shocks here, never lets up the pace for one paragraph. Bobby and Julie Dakota, the married private detectives hired to try to discover Frank's missing past, are so very lovely, so head-over-heels in love and so perfectly in tune with one another that it can only be a matter of time before something really nasty happens to them. And it does.
This is truly a horror novel worthy of the name. I've pretty much despaired now of finding a book that will actually scare me: but this did all the next best things, shocking, distressing, gloriously well-plotted... Koontz is the best horror novelist beginning with K that I know!
As usual, Dean Koontz's well drawn characters blend together brilliantly.
The story is believable.
When I read this in Dean's, Leigh Nichol's days, it was one of my favorite books.
Now on rereading, I can see where Odd Thomas came from.
The character, Thomas, who is Down's Syndrome is brilliantly done.
As a writer and one of Dean's fans what can I say?
I give it five stars.
Well done.. again, Dean.
Jack from Derry
Originality of plot is not the only great DK quality. In THE BAD PLACE, he shows us what he's really capapble of on a techincal level with his writing. He gets into the minds of some very interesting characters and lets us see their thoughts, yet all in 3rd-person perspective. Brilliantly executed stuff.
My only criticism with THE BAD PLACE, as with many other DK books I've read, is the sickly-sweet chliche ending in those closing pages. But I suppose that's all part of the fun.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
what a load of rubbish i feel like ive been conned,ive read quite a few of his books but this one is so far fetched its rediculous all i can advise is buy a different book.Published 1 month ago by merlin
Very good read, have read several times over the years and had forgotten what a great creepily written book this is. Would recommend if you enjoy horror.Published 11 months ago by Miss T Mayne
I love Dean Koontz and it comes as no surprise that this is a fantastic story yet again Thank youPublished 16 months ago by S D Stokes
This is one of Koontz's better novels. True, his style is not to everyone's taste, but if you do like him, you'll love this.Published 21 months ago by Ben Underwood