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The Bad Place

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,245 Ratings  ·  510 Reviews
Frank Pollard is afraid to fall asleep. Every morning when he awakes, he discovers something strange--like blood on his hands--a bizarre mystery that tortures his soul. Two investigators have been hired to follow the haunted man. But only one person--a young man with Down's Syndrome--can imagine where their journeys might end. That terrible place from which no one ever ret ...more
Paperback, 427 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Berkley (first published January 1st 1989)
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Sep 03, 2015 Arah-Lynda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one
Shelves: abandoned, i-said
I hate putting down a book once I’ve started it, until I have turned that final page. But in life sometimes exceptions must be made and this is definitely one of those times.

What can I say? This book, this story, simply did not connect with me in any way. I suppose that the concept does indeed have promise, but what ever little bit of interest it was successful in generating within me has wicked out.

The characters are beige, the scenes are beige, the writing is blah, blah, blah, full of cliché
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The Bad Place - Dean R Koontz

Let me just start by saying that I would actually consider this is 3.5 stars than just a 3! :)

Frank pollard awakes at night, in the middle of an alley, with nothing but his confusion and panic. His mind is a complete blank; he can’t remember who he is, doesn’t recall how he got in the alley, and doesn’t know who to turn to for help. He knows nothing but his name. Every time Frank goes to sleep, he wakes up with things he can’t explain – valuables in his pockets, b
Jul 01, 2010 Trisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
"Not funny ha ha, funny weird".

That is a quote from this book that my friends and I used to repeat constantly in high school. "The Bad Place" is actually the first Koontz novel I ever read, and it got me hooked - rightfully so. I still love this book and have re-read it a few times.

It only loses one star because there are other Koontz novels I prefer over this one. It's not one of my all-time favourites, but it's pretty close, and it holds sentimental value.

EDIT: I should add that I went back on
Aug 16, 2008 Kathryn rated it liked it
This book was a nice change from Koontz usual stuff. The main character’s dilemma is intriguing: he teleports randomly and without control, finds unusual stuff in his pockets (and occasionally blood on his hands) and has no memory of who he is, where he’s been, or what in God’s name is going on. That alone would make this a good read, but there’s also some pretty fascinating bad-guy characters, like the vampire-like killer, his psychic and decadent sisters, and their devoted, lunatic, deceased m ...more
Jul 28, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I read a lot of Koontz when I was younger. 13 books in a couple weeks once, had to quit reading his stories because I started to be afraid to go out in the dark by myself - I got over it! I was thrilled when I got this audio book as a gift even though I had read it during what I called my "Koontz phase." Many of the books had run together in my memory because I read so many in such a short period of time, but this one always stood out as truly scary and one of my favorites. I was sho
I read this book for the May group read for the Dean Koontz Group, of which I'm currently a member. Unfortunately, I can't really say that liked this one at all. It seemed to me that it was both lacking and overdone at the same time. Lacking in characterization (which is important to me), but overdone in drama and strangeness.

Dean Koontz is not the best character writer. This is a big deal for me, because characters are my vehicle to the story. I don't care how great the plot is, or how unique t
DeAnna Knippling
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Samantha Shu
Oct 20, 2010 Samantha Shu rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago and decided recently to revisit my Koontz days. These were the days before I was cynical and jaded by the same story repeated seven thousand times. What I discovered was so wonderful that I actually remembered the feeling of falling in love with this Author. His ability to somehow infuse you with hope for the human condition while allowing you , simultaneously to enjoy simple, bloody terror. It is, I will admit a strange combination , but it is ultimately one I crave in all ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I would like to start this review with "okay" but anyone who's followed my reviews knows I do that a lot, so I will try to refrain. I probably won't succeed, but I'll try.

I've read a lot of Mr. Koontz works. My late wife was a big fan and over the years we ended up with quite a large collection of both paperbacks and hard covers, but when the Koontz group decide to read "The Bad Place" I discovered I didn't have a copy.

My daughter (who has also read a lot of Koontz)said that she thought Jeanie (
Jan 22, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I just got done reading this book again after 10+ years for a book club. It's not the best writing in the world, but it is a really cool and original story - and has some obscenely creepy characters. I'm also a word nerd and Koontz comes up with some doozies. Here is a small sampling: terpsichorean, epicanthic, threnodies, fulgurate, scruted, spavined and crepuscular. I have about 20 more but didn't want to overwhelm anybody :) If you like horror, I really think this is worth the time. A very or ...more
Suzana Vuksanovic
This book is the best novel I have read that has been written by Dean Koontz to date.
The unusual family (the "how-did-it-happen' origins of which form an intriguing and compelling part of the book), the Private Investigators that decide to pledge themselves to the case, and saddest of all, one of the PI partnership's brothers who was born with Down's Syndrome - they all add an extra ingredient which leads to the conclusion of a truly exciting, in the end unpredictable (though hints are laid thro
Jane Stewart
Entertaining escape. A monstrous human wants to kill Frank and frequently kills others.

This wasn’t my favorite Koontz book, but it was good. Koontz is excellent at creating and describing characters, dialogue, and events. My favorite Koontz stories consist of one or two characters who face obstacles, struggle, become stronger, and survive or succeed. This story is more about uncovering the mystery, getting closer, then luckily managing to survive, with scars. Some of the battle scars are the los
Nov 19, 2010 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Shawnee Bowlin
Oct 09, 2012 Shawnee Bowlin rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin? The Bad Place was an incredible mixture of romance, drama, murder mystery, Sci-Fi, and comedy.
Koontz always manages to amaze me with his vivid imagination and his ability to flit from one scene to the next without losing the interest of the reader and has such an inspirational way of making the story flow. The characters were all so good that I regret trying to single out anyone in particular. Although I suppose Frank would have to take center stage; Thomas would certainly be
May 10, 2012 Amber rated it really liked it
I choose to read 'The Bad Place' because I have known Dean Koontz to be a great author. I read the book 'Odd Thomas' by him, and I greatly enjoyed it. I was always recommended this book by a friend, and thought that I would give it a try.
At first, I had a little difficulty getting into the book. I had many unanswered questions in the first few chapters and I was a little frustrated. Koontz wasnt being very discriptive at first, and he left me a little confused.
As I progressed into the book, I be
Dean Henryson
Dec 27, 2012 Dean Henryson rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a teenager. It was so good that I read it slow, at a neighborhood park at night, underneath a small, dim lantern, and cherished every word. As Koontz often did in his earlier works, he captures you quickly with intense action, unique circumstances (such as with this novel of a man waking up in an alley not knowing who he is), and leaving the reader wanting to know more. The perspective is third person and it flips around from different characters. One of the best characteriza ...more
John Shumway
Nov 07, 2009 John Shumway rated it really liked it
If your not easily disturbed this is a really good book for you. The crap in this book just blew my mind. Probably my favorite of his along side with the Odd series, but I didn't give it the full 5 because of its graphic nature. Its not ridiculously graphic and its not graphic throughout the whole book but just enough to get a really good picture of how jacked up the "bad guy" is. Also its well balanced, the good characters are awesomely good.
Frank Pollard awakes sprawled facedown on the pavement in an unknown alley, deep in the night. He remembers nothing, except for his name...and soon realizes that someone is after him.

This is Koontz that writes like hell. Strong, descriptive passages really made this novel worth the time. If I had to spot a fault it would be the 2D characters; but still it does not bug the reader, and The Bad Place is one of Koontz's very best.

Tara Chevrestt
Dec 13, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
It's been a good ten years since I read this one but I have never forgotten it. I would probably not enjoy it so much now as I ten more towards the historical fiction genre but when I read this, I was blown away. This particular Koontz book had a husband/wife team time traveling together. It was very exciting and fast paced. Between this and Cold Fire, I became a Koontz fan.
Jan 05, 2009 Super rated it it was amazing
My very first Dean Koontz book which I started on a surprise trip to Hawaii for my wife's birthday. Was looking at a book rack at the airport in Pittsburgh, PA and figured I'd give Dean Koontz a shot. Haven't turned back yet! Loved the book, the story, the characters, and the ending. Great read!
Eve Nolon
My Koontz re-read extravaganza continues and I like THE BAD PLACE as much as I did the first (or second) time reading it. For once, I feel like the characters actually grow a lot in that they're not perfect straight away, and I like that they're not; I still felt the hand of Koontz in most of the dialog but that's a given. I wish Koontz would give his readers more credit in that we can start off with a morally dubious or even morally ambiguous (the horrors!) and still enjoy the character enough ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Daisa rated it it was amazing
OKIIE! it took me two weeks & a day to read this book which is surprising because it was pretty lengthy and like i said, his books usually take me a while to read.

ANYWAY! this book was….WOW! it was one of those books that kept you on the edge of your seat. As soon as you thought you knew what was going to happen next, a complete curve ball was thrown and it left you on your ass trying to figure out what your name is. It’s frightening yet compelling, fast paced, yet steady. and the ending, wi
Oct 10, 2013 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the interest of full disclosure, I am not much of a Koontz fan. I have always thought of him as Stephen King lite. Apologies to author, fans, etc., as that is not meant as a slam. Yeah, I wouldn't accept that either, but for what its worth, it is the truth. I just never read much, though (here's the flip, folks) what I have read, the Frankenstein series and Taken, have been VERY good. However, I read Odd Thomas, and it did not hit. Again, I am letting one book kill everything, but there you g ...more
Alex Klimkewicz
May 11, 2012 Alex Klimkewicz rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I read this back in college (2004ish) at the behest of my then girlfriend. The book left a mark on me. I enjoyed the weirdness of the characters, but what left the most lasting impression was the "fireflies in a windstorm" line. Later I stole that line (and referenced the whore book really) in a piece of (shitty) poetry.

Here is that poem:

Fireflies in a Windstorm

After I slit her throat I sat outside and read for a bit.

“Me and Mommy live in an apartment,
but I mostly just play outside,
cuz Mom
Apr 14, 2011 Der-shing rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people stuck on a desert island with no other form of entertainment
Shelves: horror, mystery, annoying
The first time I read this book I was in 8th grade, and wasn't exactly brimming with literary experience. Now I'm 26 and just read it again for the second time... my god, I can't believe how awful this book is. I'll be fair and mention the positive first: the "bad guys" are rather... unique. You won't find characters like them in other books. And I thought their psychology, the plot twist at the end, and some of the strange powers that they have and places they get to were pretty interesting. TH ...more
Andy Plonka
Apr 01, 2014 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
I've never read any of Koontz's books before and wasn't sure about this one until I was halfway through. Then I could see the method in his madness. I'm not really into reordering part of reality and keeping the rest the way it is but in some weird way it all made sense.
This novel has a whole lot of weird. You teleport here, there, and everywhere with Frank Pollard who in the beginning has no idea what is happening to him. He hires Bobby and Julie Dakota, private detectives, to find out why he wakes up covered in blood or with bags of money. Julie's brother, Thomas, senses that there is an evil out there waiting to hurt the ones he loves. The evil comes in the form of Candy, Frank's brother. This guy is really creepy. There are all kinds of connections, real an ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Jak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Frank Pollard enlists the help of private detectives Bobby and Julie Dakota to help establish who he is. You see, Frank has amnesia and remembers nothing yet every time he wakes up he’s clutching bags of cash, jewels or black sand. Not to mention he’s being pursued by a sinister being that is intent on murdering him…..

This is rip roaring pulp fiction. Well paced and well written it does have a number of flaws that you could linger on such as two dimensional characters, the usual syrupy relations
Carolina Montague
Mar 18, 2013 Carolina Montague rated it really liked it
I have a lot of Dean Koontz books but this is one of my favorites. I bought it in hard cover. The relationship between the private detective couple is palpable. Their devotion to each other and the brother with Downs Syndrome hits the reader on a visceral level.

And, being a Dean Koontz book, things get very strange and proceed to the extremely weird and fantastic. I loved the fact that one of the brothers associated with the mystery the detectives had stumbled upon was seeking to correct the ano
Jan 18, 2014 Kerri rated it liked it
Hmm... Where to start? I love how descriptive Koontz is, but I just wasn't able to connect with any of these characters at all. I found myself wanting to hurry up and finish the book, but dreading to pick it back up. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I am so glad this book is finished. I thought the ending was drawn out and ended quite badly. The only reason I gave this 3 stars is because I wasn't able to give it 2 and one half stars. :(
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