by Dean Koontz
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Description: I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton's history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .
The Pendleton stands on the summit of Shadow Hill at the highest point of an old heartland city, a Gilded Age palace built in the late 1800s as a tycoon’s dream home. Almost from the beginning, its grandeur has been scarred by episodes of madness, suicide, mass murder, and whispers of things far worse. But since its rechristening in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building, the Pendleton has been at peace. For its fortunate residents—among them a successful songwriter and her young son, a disgraced ex-senator, a widowed attorney, and a driven money manager—the Pendleton’s magnificent quarters are a sanctuary, its dark past all but forgotten.
But now inexplicable shadows caper across walls, security cameras relay impossible images, phantom voices mutter in strange tongues, not-quite-human figures lurk in the basement, elevators plunge into unknown depths. With each passing hour, a terrifying certainty grows: Whatever drove the Pendleton’s past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again. Soon, all those within its boundaries will be engulfed by a dark tide from which few have escaped.
Dean Koontz transcends all expectations as he takes readers on a gripping journey to a place where nightmare visions become real—and where a group of singular individuals hold the key to humanity’s destiny. Welcome to 77 Shadow Street
The Good Stuff
- Unique, spooky storyline
- Intriguing characters with good back story development
- Story slowly builds until you are on the seat of your pants wondering what is going to happen
- Loved the kid Winny - very unsusual kid, found myself worried that something would happen to him
- The two old eccentric sisters are adorable and get the best dialogue
- Hilarious dialogue at times which was exactly what you needed to read when the storyline was so creepy
- Forgot how much I enjoyed reading Koontz's books, my fav is the Watchers
- Love how he puts together groups of people in strange situations and shows how different characters react and how they work with each other - always fascinating
- Like the maps of the layout of the building
- nice little social commentary at times
- Just a fun spooky wild ride - perfect for snuggling on the couch with on a cold winters night
- Spooked while reading had to sleep with the lights on -- you owe me a coffee Koontz, barely slept the night I finished reading
- Could have used a wee bit of editing in terms of unneeded characters -- but hey he just kills them off anyway
- A couple of stereotypical remarks about Librarians that made me snort in disgust
"Offending a concierge was a bad idea. Your mail might go missing. The suit you expected back from the dry cleaner by Wednesday evening might be delivered to your apartment a week later. With food stains. Although flashing the finger at Norman would be satisfying, a full apology would require doubling the usual gratuity."
"Being famus and never knowing what to say would be the worst, everybody hanging on your every word but you didn't have any words for them to hang on. That would be like falling facedown into manure in front of everybody like twenty times a day, everyday of your life."
"Quick, vaguely glimpsed, and enigmatic describes my first husband`s performance in the bedroom and he wasn`t supernatural.``
``No, but he was cute,`` Edna said.
Who Should/Shouldn't Read
- Fans of Koont`s works will enjoy, I also think fans of Stephen King will get something out of this
- Those who like supernatural spooky stories will love
- Not for those who don`t like to read scary stuff
I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review