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Winter Moon

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  13,001 Ratings  ·  308 Reviews
Deepest night, Montana. An eerie light proclaims the arrival of a mysterious watcher in the woods. And one solitary man begins a desperate battle against something unknown—and unknowable.

Broad daylight, Los Angeles. An ordinary morning erupts in cataclysmic violence. A young family is shattered in a heartbeat.

Fate will lead this family to an isolated Montana ranch, but the

Hardcover, Large Print, 581 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Thorndike Press (first published December 8th 1993)
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Sep 01, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note that I gave this book 4.5 stars, but rounded it up to 5 stars on Goodreads.

Well this is old school Koontz and I like it. We did have a golden retriever, but you can't win them all.

"Winter Moon" follows two parallel stories. One of Heather and Jack McGarvey and their young son Toby. And the other follows Eduardo Fernandez. These people have never met, but due to the actions of one, both are going to come face to face with something that is intent on destruction.

Jack is a LAPD patrol o
Apr 06, 2008 Mayve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
I enjoyed this book,review to come.
There's not much going on in Winter Moon. It's pretty slow paced and not particularly well written. The book is divided into two parts - The first is pretty much Koontz's condemnation of modern American society and you'll get to learn what he thinks of universities, graffiti artists, gun control laws, the film industry, heavy metal music and a bunch of other subjects (surprise - he hates them all). It's pretty much sensless babble which doesn't add much to the plot, except for irritation. The ch ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This is a pretty good book (despite what some others think :) Hi Maciek...we can't agree on everything LOl). I don't know if I'd call it one of the author's best he has a pretty wide swing in that area. Some I don't care for much at all, others I like very much, so... I give this one 3 stars as, my hands are a bit tied. With such a wide swing in the way I feel about the books if I give one I like a lot a "4" because it's not quite a "5" what do i do with the ones I don't quite like that much? Th ...more
Underrated! Highly recommended for horror/Koontz fans!
This is Koontz scariest boook that i've come across in the twenty or so i've read by him. Usually, Koontz writes a mostly suspensful story with some horror moments here and there. This book is the prime example of writing with a dark undertone throughout the story, giving you the feeling that something bad is going to happen.
My real rating for this book is four and a half stars, only because the first half of the book, the first story line is
Julie Powell
May 07, 2013 Julie Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Dean Koontz's stories. I love the writing, the style, the characters, the dialogue and of course the plot. This was no exception with both gory and psychological horror, but not for the sake of it. I don't like gore but this author's stories demand it in places and it's done extremely well.

Not as many typos/spelling mistakes/grammatical errors as the recently read Whispers, but I was still amazed at the amount considering those expensive and smug eyes that continually put down ind
Blake Bowers
Nov 12, 2009 Blake Bowers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Manu Prasad
Jul 25, 2011 Manu Prasad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I was quite surprised that the book was published in 1994. I expected a much earlier date, judging by the work. Its not really bad, but it doesn't have that gripping quality of Koontz' later works, of which I'm a big fan. That's when I got to know that this was first published as 'Invasion' in 1975 under the pseudonym Aaron Wolfe.

The book initially follows two stories in parallel - Jack McGarvey, a cop, and his family in Los Angeles, and Eduardo Fernandez, Jack's deceased partner's father, who
Definitely spooky and suspenseful, especially at the beginning. But, I got a little tired of the alien-themed Koontz novels. I don't know if it was just a fascination that he had at that point in his life, but it seemed he had more than his fair share for a while.

Also, was I the only one who felt the ending was a little disjointed? I mean, you've got the freaky, scary, "What the hell was that?" feel going on in the beginning, which totally had me jumping at every noise the house made, but the en
Mar 23, 2014 Brandi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I think it's safe to say that I give up on Dean Koontz. I've read so many of his books, and too many of them are "meh" for me. I do enjoy the Odd Thomas series, so I'll continue with that one, but I won't be wasting any more time trying to give him 'just one more chance.'

Stephen King, FTW.
Dec 21, 2008 Tif rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 27, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my introduction to Dean Koontz. An amazingly good read. Koontz's best writing attribute is his character development, and this great book is no exception. I've found very few Koontz titles I haven't liked.
Rebecca McNutt
May 29, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't say that this is one of Dean Koontz' best works, but it was certainly gripping and entertaining, and really an unforgettable novel.
Don't remember it in enough detail to review fairly. Just wanted to note so I don't pick it up again by accident :)
Feb 17, 2013 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this one.. creepy and quite slow paced until the last third of the book when the tension really builds quickly a must read for the creepy raccoons
J.S. Bailey
Oct 17, 2011 J.S. Bailey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word:


Okay, I know that's not a word.

But, still:

Донко Найденов
Много яка книга, изключителна мистерия, много хорър и фантастика!
Jan 17, 2017 J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una excelente muestra del poco entendimiento que tenemos a cerca del raciocinio de seres de otro universo.
S.R. McKade
Jan 11, 2017 S.R. McKade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I remember I read this a few years ago. Creepy creepy. Oh boy, it gave me the willies.
3.5 stars

I can't say that I fully "really liked" this book, but the last third of it did go a long way toward redeeming the first two-thirds. The first 15 chapters moved too slowly for me, with too many descriptive passages and not enough action. The story didn't pick up until Chapter 16 (page 304 of 472 in the edition I read). Once I started this chapter, however, I couldn't put the book down, pausing only to fix dinner. Apart from that small break, I read the last 168 pages in one sitting.

Sep 19, 2010 wally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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winter moon is inspired by the short novel invasion, published under the pen name aaron wolfe and c/w/the circle around it---copyrighted, i guess, 1974 by dean r koontz.

from the dean koontz companion,1994this novel began as a revision of invasion...however, it is so different from the book that inspired it, a separate listing is not only justified but required

goes on to say this one should be in the top 1/3 of his body of work. also makes that pt. that "it should be interesting to see whether so
Sara Jo Schmidt
Jul 07, 2013 Sara Jo Schmidt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Dean Koontz book, recommended to me by a colleague. I have read many thrillers before, however, this one was actually SCARY. And I loved just about every minute.

The book was well organized and overall well written. What seemed to be two completely different stories about 2 completely different people ended up being tied together in mystery and terror. What a fun ride it was! I literally couldn't put it down.

2 things that caused me to give it 4 stars instead of 5:

1) I really
Jim C
Jun 18, 2012 Jim C rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an early work from Dean Koontz. In this one we have two separate stories that eventually becomes one. One story is about a police officer and his family who reside in Los Angeles. It isn't the safest place to live as crime seems to be everywhere. The second story is about Eduardo who lives in a cabin in Montana. He sees a strange light in the forest and realizes something alien is lurking out there.

This book was a little slow in the beginning as the author took some time to set up the st
Oct 27, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The more I read, the more I felt like this whole book was a statement on the way life currently is - cops being killed because they were no longer respected, families being harrassed because a film-maker was seen as more important than the cop who saved a life, the world in disarray and an overall lack of civility in the more populated areas.

Jack and Heather are tired of living in LA. Lifelong Angelenos, they used to love their city. Not any more. The city seems to be doing all it can to destroy
Gloria Piper
Jack MacGarvey and his family are fed up with city life after he is gravely injured in the line of duty. He’s a street cop in Los Angeles. The city, the whole world, seems to be going crazy with violence. The bad are immortalized as heroes; the good are demonized. The City of Angels is more a home for fallen angels. It’s really quite depressing, even for the reader.

So the reader can rejoice over a change in location. When the opportunity arises, MacGarvey and his family move to Montana, a place
Apr 03, 2013 Sheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I listened to the audio book of Winter Moon. I have been a Dean Koontz fan for many, many years. Winter moon is easily my least favorite Koontz book.

I love the premise of the story and the climax, once we got there, was fantastic. But getting there took way too long. The book moved very slowly. I felt way too much attention was spent on everyday menial tasks, which is quite boring to read about, or listen to in this case.

The book started out strong. Jack is a police officer in Los Angeles. The
Mar 11, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how I even forgot about this book!! I've now read it two or three times but it has been a few years since the last read, but let me tell you how great it is!

It starts off with all these seemingly separate stories of these people living completely different lives. You would never think that their worlds would collide but somehow Koontz does it and it makes perfect sense. There's even parts that are so crazy that you have to ask yourself where one can come up with it all. It takes an
I enjoyed reading this book, but I didn’t greedily hunger for the next chapter like I have with most other books. That being said I didn’t completely give up on the book, it still pinched at my curiosity to know what would happen to the “flaky city folk”.
I have only given this book 3 stars because although I did enjoy reading it and was on a number of occasions so engrossed in it I had to be plucked of the ceiling when someone walked into a room, I felt slightly cheated at the end. I closed the
Deborah Johns
Feb 09, 2014 Deborah Johns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Dean Koontz book. This was one of those books that I enjoyed right from the first page. After reading reviews from other readers and finding that many of them feel this was not one of his better books i really look forward to reading more of his works. I have already picked up several more of his books and can't wait until the next one! The only reason I gave it a 4 instead of a 5 was because I thought the very ending was a bit rushed and I would have liked a little more.
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