The Face - Dean Koontz

The Face

By Dean Koontz

  • Release Date: 2003-05-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The Face book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 137 Ratings)

The Face Dean Koontz Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Acknowledged as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone ) and as one of today’s most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the page-turner of the season, an unforgettable journey to the heart of darkness and to the pinnacle of grace, at once chilling and wickedly funny, a brilliantly observed chronicle of good and evil in our time, of illusion and everlasting truth.

He’s Hollywood’s most dazzling star, whose flawless countenance inspires the worship of millions and fires the hatred of one twisted soul. His perfectly ordered existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic “messages” breaches the exquisitely calibrated security systems of his legendary Bel Air estate.

The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim’s fortified compound. The threat implicit in their bizarre, disturbing contents seems to escalate with each new delivery. Manheim’s security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be. Now this good man is all that stands in the way of an
insidious killer—and forces that eclipse the most fevered fantasies of a city where dreams and nightmares are the stuff of daily life. As a seemingly endless and ominous rain falls over southern California, Ethan will test the limits of perception and endurance in a world where the truth is as thin as celluloid and answers can be found only in the illusory intersection of shadow and light.

Enter a world of marvelous invention, enchantment, and implacable intent, populated by murderous actors and the walking dead, hit men and heroes, long-buried dreams and never-dying hope.

Here a magnificent mansion is presided over by a Scottish force of nature known as Mrs. McBee, before whom all men tremble. A mad French chef concocts feasts for the mighty and the malicious. Ming du Lac, spiritual adviser to the stars, has a direct line to the dead. An aptly named cop called Hazard will become Ethan’s ally, an anarchist will sow discord and despair, and a young boy named Fric, imprisoned by celebrity and loneliness, will hear a voice telling him of the approach of something unimaginably evil. Traversing this extraordinary landscape, Ethan will face the secrets of his own tragic past and the unmistakable premonition of his impending violent death as he races against time to solve the macabre riddles of a modern-day beast.

A riveting tour de force of suspense, mystery, and miraculous revelation, The Face is that rare novel that entertains, provokes, and uplifts at the same time. It will make you laugh. It will give you chills. It will fill you with hope.

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

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User reviews about this book

  • The Face/ Koontz True Face Isn’t Pretty.

    By Harmless Podophiliac
    I was somewhat enjoying the book, but had to put it down well before the halfway point due to Koontzs’ blatant, fact free and disgusting ideological bias concerning police brutality. He obviously believes racial injustice does not exist, and that those who do believe so are brainless idiots as he himself wrote in this novel. His childish digs against atheists and agnostics were unwelcome and unnecessary also. I won’t be picking up another of his books.
  • Sick, even for Koontz

    By Belliemay
    This is just downright awful. I’m a fan, can usually put up with his heavy descriptive imagery. But I couldn’t even finish reading this...
  • Unglued and depressing.

    By Very Happy Apple Customer
    That the overall effect. Waisted author’s talent on a sad journey.
  • Suspenseful

    By Monkopie
    Absolutely love this book. Read the paperback copy years ago and I could not put it down. Read it all in a day I was that obsessed. Great read.
  • Awesome book!

    By Hunter982348723
    This book is COMPLETELY worth reading! One of the most entertaining books I have ever read!
  • Awesome

    By Dads URL
    Fantastic book! Once you start you can't put it down.
  • Awesome

    By Dean Koontz Fan
    Another great!!!!! Can't stop once you start!!!

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