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An Amazon Charts, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller.

Number one New York Times bestselling master of suspense Dean Koontz takes listeners on a twisting journey of lost love, impossible second chances, and terrifying promises.

A decade ago, Emily Carlino vanished after her car broke down on a California highway. She was presumed to be one of serial killer Ronny Lee Jessup’s victims whose remains were never found. 

Writer David Thorne still hasn’t recovered from losing the love of his life, or from the guilt of not being there to save her. Since then, he’s sought closure any way he can. He even visits regularly with Jessup in prison, desperate for answers about Emily’s final hours so he may finally lay her body to rest. Then David meets Maddison Sutton, beguiling, playful, and keenly aware of all David has lost. But what really takes his breath away is that everything about Maddison, down to her kisses, is just like Emily. As the fantastic becomes credible, David’s obsession grows, Maddison’s mysterious past deepens - and terror escalates. 

Is she Emily? Or an irresistible dead ringer? Either way, the ultimate question is the same: What game is she playing? Whatever the risk in finding out, David’s willing to take it for this precious second chance. It’s been ten years since he’s felt this inspired, this hopeful, this much in love...and he’s afraid.

©2021 by The Koontz Living Trust. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Leslie
  • 27-03-21

Worst koontz ever! Don’t waste a credit.

I thought I bought the abridged version-nope. It just ended abruptly, with no explanation of events. I have read every book Dean Koontz has published, I’m a huge fan,and was dismayed by this book. The ending was abrupt , I can only guess he is setting up for a sequel that i will never buy. I’m very disappointed . I have over 1,500 books in my audible library, and this is my first review. Do not waste your credit.

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  • KadysMom
  • 25-03-21

I can't believe I'm still listening....

Can we say awful, terrible, waste of a credit? Those are the first things that come to mind.

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  • lovetoread
  • 26-03-21

This was not worth the wait

This is not Dean Koontz best novels it was too weird and I can’t believe that I actually waited so long for the story I kept putting it down it was not one of his best

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  • Tammy
  • 28-03-21

Snooze

I hate to give only one star to one of my all-time favorite authors. But I found this story to be a total snooze-fest. I liked the idea behind the plot, but the execution of said plot was boring and too drawn out. Too much “filler”.

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  • Lori Sang
  • 25-03-21

Suspenseful but the ending was weird

The story was pretty good but the ending was a little too weird for me. By weird I mean it’s really really unbelievable in any stretch of the imagination. Regardless, I enjoyed the suspense and the somewhat happy ending.

MacLeod Andrews’s narration was wonderful. Especially his performance of the main character, David Thorne. I can feel every emotions that David was going through and I was really rooting for him to find what he was looking for.

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  • Alessandra
  • 10-04-21

New to Koontz

I honestly really enjoyed this book. The ending is very different if you're not into opening up your imagination to things that aren't realistic. if you're a realistic type, the book isn't for you. I like things of that sort so I didn't mind the twist, but many people in these reviews seem disappointed by it since it was "unbelievable" to them.
Put simply, if you can get with witches, vampires, or time travel it really isn't a bad book. Not saying those things are necessarily in the book, but using it as a reference of sorts to what some refer to as "unbelievable".

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  • JMabie
  • 30-03-21

Disappointed

There is no substance to this book and the characters are not that likable.
I have been a long time fan of Dean Koontz but this is one of the worst books I’ve listened to, and in truth could not even finish.

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  • Brian Bizik
  • 31-03-21

Don’t waste your time (review without synopsis)

I don’t know what happened. This is almost bizarre.. I listened to the entire thing because of the author and his history. This was not only disjointed but completely beyond the realm of “suspension of disbelief”. Not even sure what this was but it was terrible. Sorry but just don’t waste your time

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  • James
  • 28-03-21

Ridiculous on so many levels!

I have no idea how I tolerated this book. Absolutely stupid storylines, exaggerated writing. What a painful and wasted investment of time.

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  • Mal
  • 26-03-21

The new Dean Koontz

Not one of his best but fairly good. Lots and lots of characters who are not consistent, everything was too convenient and it was so unbelievable. The early Koontz you could maybe believe this or that may actually occur somewhere, not this book. It was entertaining and the narrator was good. I just waited so long for this new book to come out and I was a bit disappointed although recommend the book.

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  • MissD67
  • 15-05-21

Ok story

I’ve read most of Koontz’s books and once you get past Koontz’s typical overuse of flowery purple prose and the overly dramatic narration - both which had me cringing and eye-rolling throughout - this story is actually okay.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-21

A RIDDLE INSIDE A CONNUNDRUM???

amazing story and performance by McLeod Andrews with more twists and turns than a road

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  • Lyndiloo
  • 29-04-21

another gem

if you love Koontz you will love the twists and turns of this gem. Brilliantly narrated edge of seat. Love it

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  • K.B
  • 17-04-21

Gripping till the end

A brilliant story that keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Would make an awesome film! 👍🙏👏👏

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  • ann valerie shephered
  • 06-04-21

Too much time spent on main character’s thoughts.

Too much time spent on main character’s thoughts and not enough on events.
Not my favourite DK book.

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  • Ingrid
  • 04-04-21

Fabulous listen

Love Dean Koontz and this did not disappoint. Fast paced and easy to listen to. Well read.

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  • Kaz.vincent
  • 04-04-21

not my favourite

I did read a really bad review. I don't thinkbit was that bad just not quite normal standard

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-04-21

far fetched salacious tosh with ridiculous ending

wish I hadn't read it Only finished to see if author could find a way of getting out of a mad plot line He couldn't

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-04-21

addictive

I did not want it to end.
Give this book a go; it will be worth your time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-21

A Bit of a Let Down

I just found the ending all wrong, almost childish. So very slow and drawn out then wrapped up so quickly. I expected the main character to die as his cheating caused his girlfriend's 'death'.

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  • Loretta.
  • 09-04-21

The Other Emily Dean Koontz

Grate book Dean thank you for it and thank you McLoud Andrew's for reading to me ....
it gives you food for thought ..

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 31-03-21

Load of rubbish.

Don’t think I will finish as I really don’t care what happens. It’s just stupid. I wasted so much time thinking it might get better. I’ve never read a dean Koonyz book and won’t read any more.

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  • Amber Warner
  • 27-04-21

The most frustrating book ever

This book is the most frustrating obtusely written story I have ever read. The idea this writer has of women and their complexity is that of a shallow puddle. He writes women like a 15 year old boy, no depth and to only exist as a accessories to the story of a man. This is a complete eye-roll from start to finish with the most outlandish and un-realistically idiotic endings. I knew this ending would be disappointing and the only way to survive it is to turn the speed up to 1.7. Dean Koontz, I would like to call you to yell at your for a little bit after enduring this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-04-21

boring story, disjointed prose. fixated on scenery

boring story, disjointed prose. fixated on scenery. i wasn't able to finish, gave up after two attempts and a restart.