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False Memory

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  34,375 ratings  ·  860 reviews
It's a fear more paralyzing than falling. More terrifying than darkness. More horrifying than anything you can imagine. It's the one fear you cannot escape, no matter where you run . . . no matter where you hide. It's the fear of yourself. It's real. It can happen to you. And facing it can be deadly. "Fear for your mind".
Paperback, 751 pages
Published November 28th 2000 by Bantam Books (first published 1999)
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Lasairfiona Smith
Aug 21, 2007 Lasairfiona Smith rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: dontbother
Yes, Koontz has come up with a really cool idea. This is a serious psychological thriller. A woman has a friend who has a bad case of agoraphobia. Wait, now she has a crazy phobia. And now her husband too!

Koontz delves into phobias and how they might affect a person. The character's journeys are intense and seemingly real. The antagonist is horrible and evil. The writing is really interesting...

Until the end. Koontz couldn't write himself out of a paper bag. As good as the character's trials are
False Memory is a disturbing book.

In one of the scenes in the beginning of the book, Martie Rhodes (the main heroine) is walking her dog and suddenly some mysterious disturbance falls upon her. What does Martie do ?

"When she realized that the dog had finished his toilet, Martie slipped her right hand into a plastic petcleanup
bag, using it as a glove. Being a good neighbor, she neatly collected Valet’s gift, turned the bright blue bag inside out, twisted it shut, and tied a double knot in the nec
Dean Koontz writes two kinds of books, good books and brilliant books, and this was one of the latter. It was gripping from beginning to end, all 750 pages of it, and I found it unputdownable. I really enjoyed the fact that the two main characters were genuinely strong, intelligent people who played the baddy at his own game and did not constantly do stupid things. And I loved that after all the tension and stress Koontz still allowed the reader a satisfactory and happy ending. I read to be ente ...more
I've been reading this book for about 3 months...finally finished it last night. Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors because his books are always so incredibly suspenseful. False Memory is yet another example of suspense and bone chilling imagery. Koontz' characters are developed so well and are so realistic that you often forget they are fictional. He even finds ways to bring subtle humor into the most disturbing of events, for example "Dusty was thinking so hard that the wax would have ...more
What a steaming pile of unfiltered ordure this travesty of a novel is. I am amazed, and rather proud, that I fought my way through nearly 800 pages of this woeful nonsense that has almost zero characterisation, a dubious and scientifically improbable plot, and one of the most frustrating writing styles I have ever encountered.

I hated it from the word go, but yeah, I somehow completed it. Part of me wishes I hadn't bothered. Another part is delighted, because I can now legitimately scathe about t
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Slow to get going, but once it does....: This is the first DK novel that I have read. It has been on my bookshelf for years and to be honest, the length has put me off several times. However, I made a pact with myself to read all the books on my shelves before I bought any new ones and this one was one of them.

The first few chapters were slow to get going and I was daunted at the prospect of the next 1,000 pages - I am cursed with the afflication that once I start a book, I must finish it regar
Whoa! I'll start by saying the bad guy is a super-sociopath. The book is about what it says in the title: false memory. The main characters have lapses in their memory and start coming down with weird psychoses. The plot and events that happen in the book are a little frustrating, that's probably why it takes some people months to years to read it. But when you're at the middle to the end of the book, you can't put it down because you so badly want to see the bad guy go down.
Angel Meyer
** SPOILER ALERT ** My review has a bare outline of the plot, but you need to read it to really get it.

I love Dean Koontz, but this one took me a year to read; not because it was bad but because of the content.

The story is about fear. Fear that is implanted into the subconscious mind by an unscrupulous Pshycologist/Doctor who is protected by a government agency due to his research in behavior control.

In exchange for implanting thoughts and unquestioned obedience in chosen persons, the Doctor is
Feb 02, 2009 Hava rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
Let me preface this by saying that I used to read quite a few Dean Koontz books when I was a kid. I hadn't picked one up since high school, and since this particular book had been sitting on my shelf since the late 90's, I felt obligated to read it. I was also curious to see how how his writing had held up since I was a child. I don't remember Koontz's books as being particularly well written, but they were entertaining and involving as far as plot went.

Well, Koontz is a fairly awful writer. Th
Morgan Ives
My favorite part of Dean Koontz's books is not knowing what to expect. Sometimes, the stories have perfectly logical and scientific explanations. Sometimes, everything is driven by something supernatural. Most times, it's a delightful blend of the two. Part of what keeps me reading is to find out which it will be: logic or supernatural.

A portion of my disappointment with this novel was he reveals that mystery so early in the book. There was some nice minor surprises throughout, but I figured out
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I'm Listening(on audiobook).

False Memory is real thriller. The plot is entertaining. The characters are colorful. I'm enjoying it.

2015 Update:
This was my fourth time reading False Memory, and I believe the most enjoyable read since my initial experience. This is one of Dean Koontz's best books, also one of his lengthier novels.
Its not fair! Some people were just born to write...This book made me experience so many emotions i thought i was going to puke. What a scary thought to be trapped inside yourself and not be in control of the decisions you make.
Lucy Morton-smith
Jan 30, 2011 Lucy Morton-smith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kim, Bayard and the People of the Universe :)
A brilliant book for fast paced action, suspense, amazing plot twists, lovable characters and amazing villains. The description of this book does NOT do it justice, however I wouldnt be able to describe it without a few slight spoilers. Just read it. It's the only way to appreciate the awesomeness that is this book. The plot is amazing. It has the most plot twists of any book that I can remember. The characters are both amuzing in their humour and lovable. It's the kind of book that has you scre ...more
Marina Dubois
As a Dean Koontz fans I must say that this is one of his best books. It might be confusing to someone who is new to this kind of writing, because it can be quite jumpy and sometimes absurd. But that is what I love about him. For beginners I suggest to read his books "Intensity" or "The Servants of Twilight" (the latter is also a movie)because they are easier.
It was easy to read and so exciting that I could not put it down. His way of decsrbing the events and surroundings, as well as the characte
Another masterpiece by Koontz with his usual mix (that being laughter, sorrow, shock and countless hour of sleep lost due to being engaged in the book). As always with Koontz the characters are realistic and relatable allowing you to fall in love with particular characters within a handful of chapters. I found myself laughing more than usual with this one, although there were countless moments in which I felt myself saying ‘no’ due to my heart breaking. But of course, to say any more on either o ...more
Fiza Pathan
On the cover of my copy of ‘False Memory’ is a quote about the author by The Times which states that the author Dean Koontz is :
“ Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler”
This is according to me the perfect analysis of not only the authors works in general but also with regard to the book ‘False Memory’. The novel wraps the reader in a web of literature which makes the reader tense & agog with the happenings……I won’t be exaggerating by saying that, the novel felt a
Kaitlyn Gilpin
Oct 16, 2012 Kaitlyn Gilpin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz lovers, thriller lovers
"False Memory" by Dean Koontz places regular characters in an outrageous storyline. The protagonist is Martie Rhodes, who is a video game designer. Her husband, Dustin (Dusty) Rhodes, is a house painter. The only thing out of the ordinary in their lives is Martie's friend Susan, who is an agoraphobic and Dusty's brother-in-law Skeet, who is a drug addict. Due to these characters, you think it'd be a boring story, but it's quite intriging. It starts off with going to Susan's therapy session and D ...more
This was my very first Dean Koontz book and it's the reason I got addicted to his writing. I think I was in high school at the time and it made me feel very smart to read a story with so much psychological jargon...not only could I read it but i could actually understand it, too! That's what I like about Koontz: he dumbs everything down for you enough that you can follow the storyline but not so much that you feel like a kindergartener reading your first chapter book. When I was older I re-read ...more
Kat Black
I really love the way DK writes. The intensity is something I strive to capture in my own writing. This book is fantastic. The premise great, the characters immediate and engaging, but I wondered if the actual killer came in too soon (about a quarter of the way in). I think I wanted to be hung up until the end but wasn't. On the other hand there were plenty of quick turns and changes I didn't expect that were just perfect. Koontz is one of the only writers that I go back to again and again and l ...more
Carisa Burns
Definitely a page turner! It was so long but I read half the book in one night. I was intrigued by the characters right away and the plot really thickened. I love psychological thrillers and this was one of my favorites. Yes, as some others said, the writing took a bit to get into BUT I realized that was because the story itself was exciting and fast paced but the writing was so descriptive that it slowed the story down a bit at times. However, I found that I was really enjoying the descriptiven ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Readermouse rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Readermouse by: Dustpancrazy
The false half of the book was more coherent and, in general, better written than the latter half. I enjoyed the role of the dog (a very realistic and incidental one) in solving this complex and evil crime. The villain is a particularly despicable and creepy poser of good and I found very disturbing.
Apr 13, 2009 Mitch rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mitch by: Heather
Shelves: koontz-dean
Sat on the edge of my seat! Actually, I got half way through it then purchased it on audio CD because I couldn't spend as much time as I wanted reading and I wanted to know the outcome. I caught myself telling the characters what to do while I'm cruising down the highway.
Lance Greenfield
This was my first Dean Koontz read, and it had been recommended to me by several friends.

To me, his writing is different, and it is certainly disturbing. I came out of the end of this book wondering if the author himself is more than a little bit twisted. But then, that could be an indicator of extremely clever writing.

Following the same lines as Psycho, the story hinges on the convincing of the victims that they are suffering from pshycological problems, and that they need help. Hypnotism is t
Eris R.
Sep 13, 2008 Eris R. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: supernatural, mystery
It's hard to describe the plot/premise of "False Memory" without spoilers, so I won't try. Both are excellent.

Like most of Koontz's books, this one features a likable young couple, a goofy brother, and a few other colorful supporting characters, each fleshed out in wonderfully quirky detail. There's even a golden retriever.

However, the most memorable aspect of this work is the villain, an egotistical genius whose passions include mind control, murder, games, and sweets. Koontz writes long pass
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Roberto Guerra

I enjoyed this book. And to be perfectly honest, it had been quite a while since I read a Dean Koontz novel that I actually liked.

The premise is interesting, and even though it may seem far fetched, it is an equally terrifying thought, the notion that one could be so easily brainwashed by a genius psychiatrist and ordered to commit horrific crimes without ever remembering having done so.

Additionally, I love the way Koontz gets the reader into the mind of the villain, in some ways allowing you t
The Cats Mother
I've read a few of his more recent books and enjoyed them, but this was too long, the baddie was revealed far too early, and having so much of the story told from his point of view made for uncomfortable reading. There were lots of elements that seem to be common to most of his books - an every-man hero perfect husband, thrown into an impossible situation, nasty sadistic violence, a golden retriever... but unlike many of his books there was no supernatural element. In this case this was a flaw, ...more
I'm not quite sure why but this story irritated me. Too many hokey things that became annoying, this was Dean Koontz's first book I ever attempted to read and was sadly disappointed - he seems to be so popular.

I believe possibly psychological stories may not be his best works, I just couldn't finish this book.
This was my very first encounter with Dean Koontz, and man I was freaked out by this book. I'm defiantly switching from King to Koontz. This was a physiological thriller that gave me the heebie-jeebies that same way King's Misery did when I read years ago. False Memory involves a psychiatrist who sneaks into his patient’s homes at night and through hypnosis, sexually abuses and assaults them, then plants false memories in their minds so they have no memory of the encounters.

If you like a book t
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