- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Headline; paperback / softcover edition (20 July 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0747232628
- ISBN-13: 978-0747232629
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 2.2 x 24.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Mask Paperback – 20 Jul 1989
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Another spine-chilling tale from the No. 1 bestselling master of suspense.
About the Author
Dean Koontz is an international household name whose novels have sold many millions of copies worldwide and have appeared on national and international bestseller lists, selling millions of copies each year. He lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.
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This is about a loving, warm childless couple, eagar to adopt, however something seems to want to stop them, near miss after near miss follows. Then they meet Jane, a cool but lost kid with amnesia but who warms to them. The perfect set up.. right?
This is all out horror. The story is short and tight, with only a handful of characters but this adds to the story because you feel for them. Koontz is great at setting a scene, there are a number of chilling ones mostly involving Grace, an elderly woman who plays an intregal part in the book.
The book ends quite suddenly, but this isn't as bad as it sounds because Koontz ties almost all of the threads together just before and leaves you with enough to think of. Stories that drag on become monotonous.
I can't wait to read further Koontz books and highly reccomend this one.
This is a single-strand novel as with many of Koontz's earlier books and feels like a natural fit for a movie. He has not been well served by the adaptations of his books, poor guy, while the man he is compared to, Stephen King (I like King but Koontz is a much better writer) is leaving a trail of magical movie adaptations. How's that for dumb luck?
The prose is confident and smacks of a man hitting his stride effortlessly after just becoming a million-seller (the Funhouse, 1980). He writes for three generations of women in this book, and handles the teenager, young woman, and retiree with great skill. Plus there is a very interesting cat! It is a clever ending too. If you don't know Koontz's work, and want to start with a shorter, self-contained book, this is ideal. If you do know his work, and have not got around to this, its stronger than many of his early works and the ending is especially neat.
If you want to start or continue your relationship with Koontz at a higher level of ambition, try Watchers or the Bad Place. Both will turn your fingers white.
I don't quite get the title of 'The Mask' as it really isn't relevant, in that the point of the story is nothing to do with 'masking'. I'm having difficulty finding a concept to describe what it IS about without risking spoiling the storyline, so perhaps DK and his publishers thought 'Mask' was a safer bet, but it ain't accurate, that's all I'm trying to tell you. Oh, and I felt the ending was a bit underdone, but then you have to leave something to the imagination, don't you?
As always, Mr Koontz takes his time to get to the point (see my other DK reviews) but it is always worth the wait, and with 'The Mask', the wait is certainly not as painful as it sometimes is, and there is always something happening to keep you spooked and intrigued.
That I give it 5 stars despite the poor title, the usual wait for the real action and the truncated ending, is significant, and I'm quite certain that anyone with a decent imagination will thoroughly enjoy this book.
If you haven't read Koontz before, please give him a try. Trollope he isn't, but he trounces most of the over-rated modern 'thriller' writers who are around today, and he writes in proper sentences, so you won't be irritated by the constant use of four-word pseudo sentences favoured by some of the uneducated clots who get published these days!
As usual with Dean Koontz you are drawn into the characters and will feel, at the end of the book, that you have known them personally.
An excellent read. I was quite sad to finish it.
Carol and Paul Tracy are a high-achieving goody-two-shoes couple trying to go through the adoption process. When a freak lightning storm delays a crucial adoption meeting, and their applications are lost, it seems that something is against the whole idea of them adopting a child. Then, a young girl with amnesia walks in front of Carols car and ends up in hospital, when, after no family emerge to claim her, she is put into Carols care. Carol is a psychologist and, while providing a temporary home for the girl, whom they call Jane, also tries to hypnotically regress her to get past her amnesia and discover who she really is.
The hypnosis sessions are strange; Jane seems to have macabre memories, as well as multiple personalities, and attempts to follow up on the information received in hypnosis lead nowhere. Meanwhile, Carol and Paul's house begins to tremble with a strange thudding noise, and strange apparitions and disturbances - poltergeist activity - appear around the house. Grace, a now-elderly psychiatrist who took in and nurtured Carol as a teenager and looks upon her as her own daughter, also begins to have strange experiences. She has terrible portentous dreams, receives phone calls from her long-dead husband, and has an eerie sense of imminent disaster. Her beloved cat, Aristophanes, behaves strangely, bizzarely, and then menacingly, and after a long-dead reporter visits her, she learns that her cat has been possessed by some evil (and under-explained) intent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book had me captured instantly from the beginning. I just couldn't wait for my moment to read after the kids went to bed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by beccy
For me the book was difficult to put down and it ended too fast. The end was a bit abrupt and i was left a little disappointed. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ivanda
I was so into the story and enjoying every minute of it every chance I got. The suspense of the end was building, and I was anticipating such a huge satisfaction. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2014 by xxenigmaxx1
As ever, never disappointed, Another good read from one of my fav authors of the moment. Always a nice twistPublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by Noura4eva
One of the best I have read for some time! Another masterpiece from dean koontz, will recommend and most probably 're read. Good job!Published on 7 Oct. 2013 by amanda james
I've read many (if not most) of Koontz's books but this one was disappointing. The story was good but it just seemed to end really abruptly. Read morePublished on 2 May 2013 by Amazon Customer
As too terrified to 'wonder' what would happen. Nice one Dean Koontz - freaked me out again.
Next book will be something comforting methinks.