77 Shadow Street

77 Shadow Street

A Novel

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807714
Branch Call Number: F KOO
Characteristics: 451 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Seventy-seven Shadow Street

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StarGladiator
May 28, 2016

I suspect commenter, shanauer, is on target!
This book, and some of Koontz's other books, don't ring true to his previous writing - - wouldn't at all be surprised if he contracted out the writing under his name - - very disappointing, as was this book.
I thought with The Good Guy and absolutely with Relentless, Koontz was evolving as both a writer and a human being, but this and several other recent ones are like back to square one - - very disappointing book.
[Great book cover by one of the Youll brothers - - Steve's brother Paul has done some really exceptional SF covers!]

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spike2
Nov 01, 2014

Boring and elementary

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cbrown4334
Aug 14, 2014

I am loyal Dean R. Koontz fan, However, I am sad to report that this book was overly descriptive to the point where nothing happens until three-quarters of the story is read. Character development is so fragmented, their backgrounds are hard to keep up with and remember. Also, two of these characters seem to be thrown in late in the story lacking full development. Favorites: Odd Thomas series, The Bad Place, Life Expectancy.

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ABenoit
Apr 05, 2014

It was a little too creepy for my taste, but what i did read was actually pretty decent. Im sure the rest of it would have been amazing, if i had read it. I'm just not a fan of horror.

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sandra80
Dec 06, 2013

I'm a huge Koontz fan. However, this book was terrible! Not just his worst novel, but one of the worst I've ever read. Almost put it down several times, but hoped that Mr. Koontz would some how redeem himself in the end. No such luck. Really bad book!

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Ferrous1
Sep 04, 2013

Very enjoyable book! He had me wondering what was going on and what was going to happen pretty much all the way through. Some rather large plot holes, but I still liked it.
Couldn't help but think this would make a great Dr. Who episode what with all the wibbley wobbley timey wimey stuff going on :)

Zenda Dec 29, 2012

As a big Dean Koontz fan this book was disappointing. I do think this was a good concept but it was lost around the fragile way this story was told.
On the first half of the book I a hard time getting into it because he dedicated a page and a half to each character. First he introduced the character, then he spent two or three paragraphs on their back stories. Then they see something horrible or something horrible happens to them and he moves onto describing the next character.
The second half of this book they somehow go forward in time, which apparently happens to this building every 38 years and things get a whole lot weirder. I found the worst part was this couple who lived in the building but were eating at a restaurant nearby discussing one of the character's dead mother's book was completely unnecessary.
I never felt any empathy for any of these characters because there were so many and it was hard to remember who these characters are. I sincerely hope Dean Koontz returns to writing books based on a much smaller cast.

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Magnifico1969
Aug 03, 2012

I've seen the other comments on this book and it sems that no one really liked it very much.
I took a long time to read it, and it did start out pretty slow, but the basic premise wasn't bad. I did not like the ending too much.
The story involves a "haunted" building where every 30+ years, someone or something murders people who live there. I thought it was ok, but not one of Koontz's best.

garyalex Jul 22, 2012

I'm stunned at the awfulness of this book. Reading it was like trying to slog through thick mud while wearing heavy boots. I finally gave up about midway through. I decided no matter what the payoff might be it simply wasn't worth the time or effort.

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shanauer
Jun 27, 2012

As an on-again, off-again fan of Koontz, I'm convinced that someone else (someone who's not a very good writer, in fact) writes most of his books now. So, this is a bad one- cannot compare to any way to Koontz when he's "on." Yet another disappointment from the man who brought us Watchers...

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