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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  23,756 ratings  ·  376 reviews
Whispers is a novel by American suspense author Dean Koontz, originally published in 1980. It was the first of Koontz's novels to appear on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and is widely credited with launching his career as a best-selling author. The novel was also adapted for a 1990 film by the same name. Hilary Thomas, a screenwriter living in Los Angeles, is attack ...more
Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published June 18th 1981 by W.H. Allen (first published January 1st 1980)
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Crystal Craig
I finished the book about a week ago, but I held back with writing my review for the simple fact of needing time to think about it. 'Whispers' was my fourth Dean Koontz novel and like the case with all them before; I finished reading and was sitting on the proverbial fence. I'm more familiar with his more recent works, 'Innocence', '77 Shadow Street'. After reading them and being left disappointed, a friend of mine - another book buddy who's a fan of Koontz suggested I try some of his earlier no ...more
Janie Johnson
This book started out so intense it made me wanna put it down for a breather, but also made me wanna keep reading because I could barely tear my eyes away. I love the intense adrenalin laced stories, So eh, call me a thrill seeker.

Koontz did a great job with his characters, I learned a lot about them accept for Bruno. You really don't get to know too much about him at the beginning of the story. I felt like I kinda had to throw pieces together to make it all work together. I would have liked to
Thomas Strömquist
As a horror-starved teenager I got wind of Koontz first for Phantoms and then for Strangers. Following these two (Swedish publishing order), it was this book. Not quite what I was prepared for or expecting, but a good read nonetheless. More psychological thriller than the horror I expected at the time, but some very effective chills and way before Koontz strangely enough became that truly annoying word-spewer of cliches and incredibly annoying characters.
"Whispers" (1980) was the book that launched Koontz onto the bestseller lists, and it's a wonder why.

What to say about this book? Not much. Bruno Frye is stalking Hilary whatsername, a young, wealthy, beautiful and succesful (hey, it's Koontz) screenwriter. Enter a brave cop, Tony Clemenza, who's going to save our damsel from all distresses, on all three thousands pages that follow.
Whispers is way too long, way to cliched, and way to boring - the climax is something V.C. Andrews readers might em
Paul Dinger
It is early Dean Koontz and you can see a lot of what he had to overcome to be the writer he is today. The prose is top heavy, he explains often when he should just describe and it stops the action. The book is heavy with explaination, his villian isn't as chilling as the deranged killer from Hideaway, the twisted doctor from False Memory, or the demented sherieff from Intensity. One misses these pillars of the community turned cold bloodied pyschos, although he is one of their brethern. The Koo ...more
Another crazy mother who mentally destroys her children, so that, in their adulthood, they're homicidal and unbalanced, yet still walking free in society like everyone else.

Hilary survives an attack by an assailant she recognizes, and finds that her plea to the police is met by doubt, as the attacker has an alibi. The second attack on Hilary becomes bloody for the attacker, and the police are finally able to verify Hilary's need to call for help.

The surprise in this story wasn't Hilary, or her s
There's not a lot I know about rugby, or Apartheid. I watched a Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon movie though, where Morgan Freeman is portraying Nelson Mandela, and while touring the prison where he was held captive, or while talking to Matt Damon about how important winning a sporting event is for a country's sense of validity, he mentions a poem he had memorized. A few lines of a poem, or a whole poem, I don't remember. Apparently it was profound enough and simple enough that repetition and mono ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I suppose I could make a shelf called "Horror, sort of" for this but you get the idea.

I read this some time ago but had forgotten about it. The plot isn't one that's terrifically original but it's handled very well and the plot holds together in the face of evidence in the story that "kind of" misleads. It's supposed to, and it's done very well. So all in all I think this is a good book and while I can't bring myself to go above 3 stars that only means that I have trouble deciding "how good" it
This book was recommended by a friend, and I'm glad. It was a fun and easy read, that kept me at the edge of my seat.

I was attracted to it because I share the same name (and some features) of the victim, Hilary Thomas. It was fun (in a weird way) to put myself in the story. I loved the twists and turns Dean took me through. I love trying to solve the crime before the authorities, with this book, I couldn't! Too many twists!

The last hundred pages, or so, was a whirlwind of intense emotions. You
Tara Chevrestt
Been a long time but I remember this being so vivid that I could literally feel cock roaches crawling over my body as I read it. The descriptions were creepy and frightening and it was a very hard to put down book.
60% into this book and not worth the time. I'm so disappointed. Such a waste of my reading time.
I really liked this book. The story was suspenseful and full, the characters were engaging, and the mysteries were fun to solve. I was a little disappointed that it took Hilary and Tony so long to think that Mr. Frye might have (view spoiler). But I suppose not having them think of this sooner was a way for Koontz to ratchet up the suspense. The other thing I didn't really care for was the final encounter (view spoiler) ...more
Linda C.
Jun 20, 2007 Linda C. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favorites
I remember being so enraged by the actions of one of the characters in this novel that I literally wanted to throw the book against the wall and start screaming at it.

Except, I knew that it would be pointless and I cared too much for the heroine of the novel to stop reading.

I don't think that I have ever had such a visceral reaction to any book. The underlying mystery of the novel is amazing. I remember finishing the book and feeling as if it had been this intricately wound and knotted yarn that
Patrick Gibson
There was a time when I thought Dean Koontz wrote circles around Stephen King. He wasn’t famous. He had a cult following and he made you feel like you just discovered someone cool. He was the anti-King you could keep to yourself or share with a selected few. Koontz, of course, went the way of all flesh and began cranking them out and repeating himself. Fame? Well, if ‘Family Guy’ rips on you, fame has become your enemy. I haven’t read a Koontz novel since Odd Thomas became a regular character. T ...more
Kiedyś wygrałem w konkursie powieść Deana Koontza “Przy blasku księżyca”. Podobała mi się, niby groza, ale jednak bardziej fantasy, niż typowy horror. Od tego czasu obiecywałem sobie, że nadejdzie taki dzień, w którym zainteresuję się mocniej twórczością tego wiecznie uśmiechniętego Amerykanina.

Trafiło na “Szepty”, powieść, którą nie sposób ot tak, zwyczajnie odłożyć, gdy już się lekturę zaczęło. Rozmach Autora zachwyca, jakiż ten facet ma gest, jeśli można użyć takiego sformułowania w stosunku
Early Dean Koontz, I am shocked you got anywhere with a book like this. Why did I trudge along and finish it? Well, listening instead of actually being the reader helped a bit. I did want to know how it ended, and for part of the book, the ultimate mystery was a little intriguing. What was the problem? Sooo much.

The misogyny. The whole concept of a woman brutally attacked and almost raped with the cops not believing her was disgusting and uncomfortable to read. One cop outright persecutes her wh
Kristi Glunt
The first time I read this book I was in high school. I found it to be one of the scariest books ever! I've since read it again on several different occasions, that's how good I found this book to be. Makes the hair on your neck stand on end!
I read this book in High School it's Koontz first book I read!!! Started reading Koontz after this!!! Book has a great twist, never even noticed.
Jo Bennie
A 4.8 scale tremor gently rocks Los Angeles. A nameless man sleeps in his van, plagued by nightmares, comforted by waking alongside his knives and dreaming of killing the woman he is searching for. Hilary Thomas, up and coming screen writer, struggles with feelings of inferiority and self doubt as she waits to see if her newest creation has been accepted. Drinking in her success she begins to relax, to begin to believe that the world is not the bleak brutal one she had to learn to be tough to su ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I'm listening to this on audiobook.

This is an older Koontz book that I swear I read as a kid but I can't remember anything about it so it might have been one I missed. It's about a woman being terrorized by a man who keeps coming back to life. No one will believe her story, even the cop who she is falling for. Why is this guy after her and how come he keeps coming back from the grave in tip top form? It's a Koontz novel so I'm betting he's been genetically mutated or something similar.

If I did r
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Cindy Pierce
I decided earlier this year that I want to re-read everything by Dean Koontz that I could get my hands on. Nostalgia I guess. I thought when I first picked this book up that I must have read it already since I read so much of his work in the 90s. But after a couple of chapters I realized that I had never read it before. What I did remember though, was the exact conversation I had with my mom over 20 years ago when she was telling me about this great book she was reading. I didn't remember the ti ...more
I bought my copy of this book on sale, and because I have in my line up a lot of other books to read, I have postponed reading this for six months! I wish I had read it sooner. I am now a Dean Koontz fan, and I’ll be looking out for his other books.

In the middle part of the book, I got wary because the subject of the occult came up. I thought it wouldn’t be a good explanation to the dead man walking theory. It’s very refreshing to note that the twist that Koontz made towards the end, and that is
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I enjoyed this one much more than I expected. I guess I put off reading it because it was an older Koontz book and one more pages than the typical books I read of 300-400 pages. I listened to the audiobook of Whispers while I was painting my new condo :-) Elements of the story remind of me of other Dean Koontz novels including: Shadowfires, Mr. Murder and The Bad Place. It seems that all Koontz book interconnect in some way in what we Koontz addicts call The Koontz Universe. I could do without t ...more
This is another of the Koontz books I read and re-read as a teenager, and recently picked up the audiobook version.

As to the book itself:

In both ways (pros and cons) once you've read a couple of Mr. Koontz's books from the 1980s, you know what to expect in many ways. Top-notch action, adventure, thrills, and suspense. Interesting settings that totally draw you in and either make you wish you were there, or make you glad you're not. Creepy places to explore. Mysteries to unravel. Strong female ch
Derek Plote
I'm a bit mystified about how this book is hovering at just under a 4 star average. As suspense novels go, this book starts out fairly strong, with the crazed psychotic after the heroine. But his first attempt wraps up in the first hundred pages or so, and then you're stuck with about 250 pages of love scenes, investigation where the characters really only uncover things the reader already knew about, and more love scenes. Embarrassingly bad love scenes. If I'd been reading the Kindle version in ...more
Tom Nittoli
3.5 - Of Koontz's earlier books this is the first time I find evidence that he can engage a reader in a longer more in-depth story. Here through many twists, and turns we are weaved through what at first seems to be the greatest of supernatural stories, but ultimately are lead in an entirely new direction. Not his best, but noteworthy. The revelation of the books title is also exciting, and well done without being cliche or over dramatic.
A solid four from Mr. Koontz. Here's why: This book may have been split into two sections, but to me it felt like more of a three-parter: the inciting incidents, the aftermath, and the climax. These three parts worked well together, but considered apart, their weaknesses become apparent.

Part One: five stars, right off the bat. Fantastic dialogue and characterization. Incredibly realistic action. Lovable people. Terrifying and mysterious villain. By the time Frank and Tony reconciled and Hilary h
I enjoyed the book. I was my first Dean Koontz book, but I think in the end I was a bit disappointed at what the 'whispers' were. it was definitely an odd idea, and it caught me off guard, but I guess I was hoping for a not so 'general' explanation. But as always, the writing is eloquent and the text flows amazingly, and the character development is truly genius.
3.5 stars. This book ended up being better than expected (I upgraded it half a star) because at first it seemed like a standard thriller, but it ended up being more complex. As a horror story, it's gory, graphic, disturbing and creepy. As a thriller it's not very thrilling because it there's nothing much hidden from the reader, you're just waiting for some characters to discover what you already know. The characters are well developed, in some cases with unnecessary details. There's a sickly swe ...more
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