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Susan Thorton awakens in a hospital, after a near-fatal car crash, to see four men lurking outside her door--men who exactly resemble those who killed her boyfriend years before. Can these be the same men? As she tries to uncover the identities of those stalking her, Susan enters a terrifying nightmare--one from which she may never escape. Previously published by Pocket un...more
Mass Market Paperback, 360 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Berkley (first published 1982)
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Kasia
For those who are Koontz fans and even those who have never heard of him ( if that's even possible although he’s been sucking the last few years a bit) this can be a real treat. This is one of his older novels which I prefer, his good olden days were something to relish in story land. I love how The House of Thunder really messes with the reader's mind when things start to unfold. It gets nice and creepy and brings in the thrills, I read this story years ago back in 2003 and I wanted to add a r...more
Michael

Okay, so this started off so uber-badass! Really!

Well, badass for a Dean Koontz book. It was mysterious, tense, somewhat surreal. . . .I mean, it would've made an excellent horror thriller film. A woman wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. . . slight things in her surroundings start to bring back the hints of memories. . . and soon, the whole hospital begins to seem dangerous, the people around her are dangerous, everything is dangerous. . . and then, in the last 50 or 60...more
Becky
It's been quite a while since I've read anything by Dean Koontz, and I figured that it was about time to give him another go. This is one of his older books. That makes me feel old, actually, to say that, as it was published the same year I was born, but, it's true.

One of my favorite things about Dean Koontz is that he's able to keep me on my toes. He doesn't write the best dialogue, or write the best characters, but his stories are always twisty, and never end up where I think they're going.

H...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Look...this book may be better than I found it. It's just that I couldn't get into the book. I tried.

The reviews I read about this told how it crept into their psyche and haunted them...terror, horror. So I picked it up (happily from the library). Mr. Koontz can write a good book. I've read some of them. He can write interesting and wonderfully weird characters, I've read some of them to.

But not here...at least not for me. I found Susan one of the most annoying characters I've come across. If...more
Kevin
The House Of Thunder,
This being an older novel by Mr. Koontz, originally penned under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, is not in my opinion his best work. Although I liked the book, I felt I couldn't connect with the characters. Susan is an enigma, not only her past but her present conditions are thin, lacking the depth needed to actually care about her character. The same is said about most of the characters that make appearances in this novel. It's very hard to care about characters you literally...more
Jak
Originally written under his Leigh Nichols pseudonym (hence why it’s different to a lot of his fare), The House of Thunder is the story of a young lady that wakes up after being in a coma for three weeks. After getting past an initial bout of amnesia she starts to see people from her past who were involved in the murder of her then boyfriend. However, they have not aged and she knows that some of them died not long after their crime. So how can this be? Can she really be being assaulted by ghost...more
Sparkles
So far reading like a straight, fairly awful, romance novel (why this from Koontz I don't know). Still on audio CD 1. Hopefully it will get better.

Now on cd 3 and the dialogue is pure drivel. A woman in peril story, oh and the woman is suppose to be a physicist but speaks like a complete idiot. Plus, the woman narrator (audio version) doesn’t help with her impressions of the older nurse, who she makes sound like Mother Goose. This doesn’t remotely read like a Koontz book. Plot is slow and flat....more
Benjamin Thomas
It seems like I am reading a bunch of horror novels lately (not to mention haunted house stories) but that's just the way it's worked out. I chose this particular book almost be default. I've been trying a new library that is closer to my work place, making it easier to pick up and drop off but turns out there are very few audio books there that aren't abridged. This was just about the only one I found that was unabridged, and since I've read quite a few Koontz novels before I felt pretty safe i...more
Ashley
Definitely not my favorite book by Koontz. I have been a big fan of just about everything I've read by him. (I went through a short phase in high school where I read probably around 10 or so... Give or take.)
The book is really closer to 2.5 stars, but I really like most Koontz books, so I'll bump it to 3. I would not recommend this to anyone who hasn't already read some of his work. This is really not his best, or anywhere close to it.

It had an interesting idea and premise- woman wakes up in a...more
Lauriek
Feb 11, 2010 Lauriek rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens adults who like mystery
I am torn on the rating for this book. I found it easy to read and difficult to put down. It is a mystery, suspense novel with a few of the bizarre and weird you would expect from Dean Koontz novel. It is written from the persective of a woman who unexpectly wakes to find herself in a hospital after being in a coma. The suspense is maintained through out, and the ending was a surprise although a bit abrupt. If romance was intended it is shortcoming. I would recommned this book to teens and adult...more
Alissa Cook
I must say, I've really enjoyed the Koontz books I've read so far, and I have God-knows-how-many more stocked away in my closet that I have yet to read. I don't know if I even made it to the halfway mark in this book, but however far I got, I barely made it even there. This book was horrible...I had to put this one down I never finished it because I was so awfully bored. It got to a point where the thought of reading another page was torture. But you know what? Don't let me stop you! If it strik...more
Dlora
The House of Thunder was quite a good suspense novel but I felt it was a bit lacking in the interaction between the characters, especially compared with Koontz's other books. Then I discovered that this book was written in 1982 under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. Koontz said his Nichols' books were "almost entirely about story, less about character and theme and language" than his other books. Yep, that was so and I felt the lack. However, it is a fast-moving, kind of scary story. Physicist Susan...more
Bonnigene Cloud
This book is one of the descriptive and captivating thriller we have come to expect from Dean Koontz. It is about a physicist named Susan who has a car accident or believes she does... She is seeing people from a frightening past that are supposed to be dead and buried. As with any Dean Koontz novel you have to continually question what is happening because often times it is not what it seems. This book is no different! It has a great twist at the end the book that brings to light the situation,...more
Gabe Harper
So this book started off AMAZING! It was strange, eerie, and unerving, bad the last third or so of the book was terrible. The ending, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the first part of the story, I was so interested in what laid in the mind of the main character's mind, and the fact that the ending was what it was really got me mad, because up until that point, I was really into this book, and when I found out what I did I thought "Really? THIS is the ending? There could have been so many o...more
J.S. Bailey
Koontz's books are kind of like potato chips: you can never read just one. I've never read a potato chip, though, so I'm not entirely sure what that is like. But you get the idea. I hope.
Maciek
just when you think you know what's going on...you're wrong. One of the best from Koontz when it comes to surprising the readers and making them turn the pages frantically.
Viki
This was definitely not one of my favorite Dean books, but it was still excellent just the same. I found out after reading it was one of his earliest. That made more sense.
Jane Stewart
Too much of the story is a helpless victim being afraid.

STORY BRIEF:
In 1967 Susan saw four fraternity brothers beat her boyfriend to death in a college hazing. They were going to kill her, but she escaped and testified against them. Two of them later died in a car accident. It is now 1980. Susan just woke from a three week coma from a car accident. During the next several days she sees the four fraternity brothers in the hospital. Two are working as orderlies and two are patients. The four men...more
Johnny
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CGregory
12/8/12 - finished

Well, where do I start? Hm, let's first say that this is my first D. Koontz novel. I'm hearing that that's a good thing. The over all public opinion of this particular story is that it's perhaps not one of his better ones. So for it to be the first of his I've read I like it more than if I had read his other material before. I give it 3 stars since there are no half stars to give; if there were it'd be 3 1/2 stars because I did find his writing and the story to be entertaining....more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
Before I review this, I should post a disclaimer...technically, I don't really have the right to post a review, since I only made it about halfway through this book before I finally gave up. I suppose it's possible the book got much better in the second-half, but somehow I highly doubt that...

I tried to read this, I really did. I had heard good things about Dean Koontz, and the premise certainly sounded promising. But I just couldn't get into this book at all. The dialogue is so incredibly corny...more
Neb
Aug 13, 2010 Neb rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of romance novels.
I'm listening to a recorded version of this early Koontz offering, and for the first time ever (in a Koontz experience) I'm constantly skipping ahead to get past the dreary, breathless, romance-novel-like endless dialogue. It doesn't help that the woman reading the protagonists lines is giving it the squeaky melodramatic interpretation of a bad Harlequin Romance. The character is supposed to be a hard-nosed physicist, but between her endless hyperventilating over uncanny happenings and the actre...more
Jen
I really enjoyed this story: it was very creepy in a good-read sort of way. And the twist to the ending sure caught me by surprise!

I wasn't sure what to believe for most of the book: was Susan hallucinating or was something more sinister going on? Turned out, (view spoiler)

I ended up being a little disappointed in Susan, though. For...more
Christopher Hivner
Susan Thornton wakes up in a hospital, at first not even remembering her name, much less how she got there. Slowly some of her memory comes back, but not everything. She has no recollection of the car accident that put her in the hospital and can't place any of the names of her co-workers from her job. With the help of a handsome, caring doctor and a plucky nurse Susan begins to feel better. Then she starts seeing men from her past at the hospital. Men that killed her boyfriend in college right...more
Hyderali Shaikh
This is my first Dean Koontz book as I'm more interested in suspense, mystery & thriller. I must say this book provide all that you were looking for. There was suspense, mystery & thrill in this book. Also, the book is written in so simple language that you don't have find meaning of each word in dictionary (except in the ending). I find the writing of author mesmerizing & he kept me hooked till the end.

As I'm flipping the pages I'm drowning more into the character of Susan. I starte...more
Liz
Jan 31, 2014 Liz rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Not good.

Rather one dimensional with underdeveloped characters (yes, I read the afterword).

More annoying witty banter between characters which is so unrealistic and annoying.

Although I loved 'Watchers' and 'Breathless', I'm officially done with Dean Koontz novels.

Now I'm just going to say it because we're parting ways... I've always HATED the names of his novels! Shadowfires, Cold Fire, Breathless, Relentless - annoying. Bye Mr. Koontz.
Wolf
The plot was entertaining - up to a point - but what really got me about this book was how badly he sucked at writing from a female's point of view. Maybe I'm prejudiced since I'm a female, but I thought it was off. I don't know a single girl who thinks remotely like that. Then again, I'm not every girl out there, so... oh well.

The story was interesting, and the scenes that were supposed to be scary were scary (until about halfway through when they got old), but the book seemed too stretched out...more
Bryce
Oct 28, 2009 Bryce added it
This is an amazing book. I am not a fan of reading and this book is easy to lose intrest in. There are many paragraphs that are completely meanless in this book. Once you get past the boaringness of this bookj it gets real intresting.

This book is about a lady named Suzan Thorton, who finds her self waking from a three week long coma. She is supprised to learn that she crashed her car on the way to a resort in Oregon.She ends up in a small hospital in Willawuka county. while at the hospital she b...more
Wendy
I'd give this one 3.5 stars. It's certainly not my favorite Dean Koontz, but there was plenty of suspense and, "What the heck?!"
Turns out I vaguely remember reading it before (easily 18 years ago)... I didn't remember the story though, I guess because it was just sort of ho-hum. I don't know what people are talking about in reviews regarding the love story. This book doesn't have even close to what some of Koontz' other books do in that regard. I'm starting to think that the reason that I stopp...more
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