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Publisher's Summary

The fate of the world is in the hands of a father and daughter in an epic novel of wonder and terror by Dean Koontz, the number one New York Times best-selling master of suspense.

Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his 11-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It’s a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep.

Ed entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange and dangerous object - something he calls “the key to everything” - and tells Jeffy that he must never use the device. But after a visit from a group of ominous men, Jeffy and Amity find themselves accidentally activating the key and discovering an extraordinary truth. The device allows them to jump between parallel planes at once familiar and bizarre, wondrous and terrifying. And Jeffy and Amity can’t help but wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren’t the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

Includes an audio-only short story, "Parlor Trick," a kind of karmic coda to the novel.

©2020 The Koontz Living Trust (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Ballerini (a Koontz veteran) is tremendous, and Parks makes strong choices in diction, pronunciation, and pacing to bring Amity Coltrane to life. The collaborative effect of Ballerini and Parks' narration works as a deliberate “all-in” to the production, making the audio version even more of a standout.”—Booklist 

“Colorful, imaginative…a lively, offbeat novel.” —Kirkus Reviews 

“This is a genre-busting work that happily will appeal to readers who enjoy thrillers, horror, sci-fi or just a flat-out well-told story with a breakneck pace that never lets up.” —Bookreporter 

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What’s the female characters name???

I’m having trouble listening to the story and enjoying it because the woman reading keeps calling herself Eminy or Aminy instead of Amity. Every once in a bit it sounds like Amity. I literally can’t concentrate on what I’m hearing because whenever she’s reading I’m ready to cringe every time she says her own characters name incorrectly. It’s so irritating I’m considering just buying it again on kindle so I don’t have to hear her doing that.

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Good book, poor performance

The story was good but the young girl who narrated was very hard to listen to. She needs to learn what punctuation is and how much it matters to the story.

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REALLY needs to re-record the daughter character

I would vastly prefer just to have the male narrator do the entire book. Whoever the female narrator is reads at a 10th grade level, like she’s in a sophomore English class.

DEAR AUTHOR: Please re-record the female character. Book is otherwise very difficult to get through.

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Excellent story one narrator is terrible

The story is great, lots of tension and "how will they get out of this" moments. It is well-paced and well-written on the whole. The male narrator does a great job with his portion of the story.

My issue is the female narrator who is reading the female point of view. I get that she is narrating an 11-year-old girl for most of her parts, but she is just...sloppy in her reading. Sometimes she enunciates, but often she slurs words together in such a way as make them difficult to understand. She also employs a slightly whiny/annoying pitch and tone to her voice that is just off-putting and doesn't seem to fit the personality of the tough young girl she is meant to portray.

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Really LOVE Dean Koontz and Edoardo Ballerini BUT.

The other narrator (a young Girl) was EXTREMELY difficult to listen to...

This book would have been perfect if it had only been narrated by Edoardo Ballerini. Each time the female narration came up the voice was like nails on a chalkboard and slightly difficult to understand. It was distracting.

I know when I get a Dean Koontz book I am in for an engaging, well written, interesting story. This was an exception to this rule because of the narrator that played the part of the Daughter.

I think this book might be better to read, rather than as an Audible narrated selection.

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Tried

I really tried. About an hour in I snugged my tin foil hat on and tried to power through but I couldn't make it.

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Female narrator doesn’t speak to punctuation.

Great story, great male narrator but oh my goodness the female narrator would take pauses or breaths mid sentence and then start again like it was a new sentence. So annoying! And her reading was also sloppy.

If it was redone I would like to have another go.

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Sorry I wasted my money

This story could have been so much better Edoardo Ballerini is a great narrator other than that I hated the fact that the daughter was so demanding and the father was so willing to risk everything answering to her demands I hated the fact that they went back-and-forth a little a terrible terrible story too much back-and-forth and certainly didn’t need to have a child narrate Book was far-fetched even for Dean Koontz

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Classic Koontz with some repetition

I enjoyed this book. The female narrator was slower than I'd prefer, with several moments of wondering if the player actually turned off.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys Koontz previous works or SciFi in general.

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Loved it!

Very interesting and entertaining book. Thumbs up to Dean Koontz. He always delivers a fantastic and imaginative tale with lots of twists and turns.
Great narrators.

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  • D. Clough
  • 11-09-20

Tasty Koontz marred by tin-ear casting

If you like Koontz's formula of smart kids, psychopathic villains and quasi-mystical fantasy, you'll enjoy this. All the ingredients are here: including the alternate world scenario, this time accessed by technology instead of special powers. I liked it just enough not to have it totally spoiled for me by the readers. One of them was passable but for some reason best known to themselves, the audiobook producers saw fit to employ a 12-year-old to intone large sections of it in a monotone instead of hiring a trained actor. Go figure.

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  • VJ
  • 10-16-20

Great Story....but....

Great story and plot, but very poor narration (both) detracted from my enjoyment of this book.
A book could be a masterpiece in prose but if the narrator/s are unsuitable there is not much point in issuing it as an audiobook.

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  • Rosie Lane
  • 11-19-20

Koontz classic

As this Is a koontz book, I loved it but it was ruined by one thing,the girl who voiced Amity. I found her accent & acting awful,she sounded robotic & annoying as hell. The story was great,his stories always are but that girl's voice was like nails down a chalk board & really hard to take! I still reccomend though because koontz will always be my favourite author ever.

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  • Mrs Saleem
  • 02-08-21

Interesting but not his best.

I have loved Dean Koontz' books since I was a child, and the best ones were always scary with strange monsters and one or more heroes that struggled but eventually won because good beats evil. I have to say that over the past number of years his books have become a bit sickly sweet, with so much time spent on descriptions of goodness and feelings, and less and less time on the actual story. Some books are better than others, but this one and Devoted are honestly the most sickly sweet he has done...I dont want to say it, but I am leaning more and more towards preferring Stephen King's more recent books...such as the Mr Mercedes trilogy...

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  • Jo
  • 10-14-20

Koontz back to his best!

One of my all time favourite authors who I felt had lost his way recently but with this and the Jane Hawk books he’s back!
Unfortunately as other reviewers have said I did feel the female narrator let the book down although it didn’t stop me listening! I know she’s supposed to be a child but that doesn’t forgive the poor pronunciation or mistakes in reading the grammar. Luckily for me Edoardo Ballerini is one of my favourite narrators so he saved the day!

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  • Robbie
  • 01-17-21

Good story shame about the reader

I thought the concept was good but the reading was very dull. I found it impossible to concentrate on the story line and kept drifting off. I managed to finish the book from curiosity not interest. Shame, I really like the author.

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  • Kustard
  • 06-23-22

Good all round story

Although it becomes evident that the end game of this story is pretty basic, it still manages to captivate the listener. There are plenty of end of chapter cliffhangers to keep you listening.
Initially, the two narrators were a bit off putting but after a few chapters you get use to it and it also allows for the same situation to be told from slightly different perspectives.
Overall I'd say its one of Koontz's better stories in similar vein to Lightning.
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  • DefendFreedom
  • 05-23-22

Entertaining listen

Had me hooked right to the end. Definitely one of his better novels. Short story gives some background details to the story.

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  • G. Anderson
  • 03-16-22

terrible female narrator

such a terrible female narrator. she pauses every 3 words. she is so annoying and completely ruins thus book.

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  • Hil22
  • 01-04-22

Good story. Terrible female narrator

A great story about parallel worlds in Dean Koontz's usual style. Alternating narrators tell the tale, and unfortunately the female was atrocious with a repetitive reading tone, misreading sentence structure and so slow I had to speed her up but that made the male narrator too fast. If you can tolerate her, it's worth a read.

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  • Kelly
  • 10-31-20

Enjoyable storyline

I enjoyed this book and the excellent narration by by Edoardo Ballerini. However - the parts of the book that were narrated as an 11 yo girl were excruciating!!! Speeding her up helps - but it gets annoying having to swap between speeds. Would have given a higher rating if it weren’t for this.

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  • Janet Martin
  • 08-29-21

Elsewhere

What a disappointment. Dean Koontz is such a great writer, this is a let down. The concept is one that could have been better exploited and developed.
The main characters had huge potential but never quite made you feel connected.
There was so many rambling diatribes from the main characters. It became a trial to listen to.
The ending is so predictable and trite.

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  • Derek
  • 07-22-21

My fave DK book so far

I have read a few DK books and this has been the best so far.

Unlike some others here I did not mind the female voice.

The story was great. It’s interesting how DK uses similar themes and characters across his books.

This is the same narrator as for Watchers and if my mind drifted I forgot what book I was reading and a dog was talking :-)

If you like DK you will like this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-21

bad narration by female narrator

the women narrating amity pauses for ages between short sentences and sometimes mid sentence. very hard to listen to. The Male narrating jeffy is great and when he does amitys voice, does a better job then the women narrator. Don't know why there had to be two readers, it adds nothing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-21

Back to old school Koontz!!

This is such a gripping story...and very much “cat and mouse” that Dean Koontz is awesome at (and that I’ve been missing in a lot of recent books).

The female reader of this audiobook really spoiled it for me though.....she sounded like she was reading a dictionary, her inflection and the way she pronounced words was just way off!!! This needs to be re-recorded with the female voice.....it just sounds like someone who has never read a book before!

Amazing story though! Thanks Koontz, I’ve missed this kind of suspense, that you do SO WELL!!!

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  • Grant
  • 12-22-20

Enjoyable book

I really enjoyed listening to the book. I was a little disappointed when it finished 😪