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The Face

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  17,738 Ratings  ·  566 Reviews
Acknowledged as "America's most popular suspense novelist"("Rolling Stone" ) and as one of today's most celebrated and successful writers, Dean Koontz has earned the devotion of millions of readers around the world and the praise of critics everywhere for tales of character, mystery, and adventure that strike to the core of what it means to be human. Now he delivers the pa ...more
Paperback, 649 pages
Published April 27th 2004 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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John Pirillo If you like his other works, you'll probably like this, but his newer books are have much more heart I think and a stronger spiritual bent.

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Jan 05, 2009 Mona rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
I really want to like Dean Koontz. His writing is exciting and I'm turning pages with my heart pounding. I've only read a couple of his books and the endings all feel like he just stopped giving a shit right before. It's like having amazing sex and right before the end, he gets up to watch tv and eat potato chips.
Jan 25, 2009 Jaemi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I actually wound up reading this book because I got snowed in one day and needed something to do, and it was one of the only books on the premises I hadn't read. Since the story sounded intriguing, I gave it a go, and spent the next couple of weeks on the edge of my seat.

If there's one thing Dean Koontz is good at, in my mind, it's psychological writing. Odd Thomas being his only other book I can recall reading, I guess I'd also have to add supernatural to that, as both books have elements of it
Sarah Anne
May 31, 2016 Sarah Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, author-man
This is one of my favorite Koontz books and I'm glad I took the time to squeeze it in right now. It's also one of the ones that is an example of how often his books are misshelved! He hardly ever writes horror these days and his books are more often a blend of the fantasy/mystery that he writes in this one.

We have a series of mysterious happenings in this one, from Ethan experiencing his own death, to somebody who pulls himself out of mirrors, to a body that goes missing at the morgue. But benea
"The Face" is one of Koontz's very best books. Channing Manheim known as "The Face" is one of most desired movie stars - and he has one great enemy.
Former detective Ethan Truman, who now works as a security chef for the Manheim estate senses great danger that lurks for the actor and his son - Fric.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has stron, and what's more believeable characters (a welcome change from all the cardboards). The plot is griping mixture of suspense and supernatural. Plus there's n
May 20, 2013 Danjal rated it it was amazing
What's not to like? I won't get into the story itself, it can be read elsewhere, but come on!! The descriptions, the plotlines, the characters, the riddles, everything. This has to be The Masterpiece of Dean Koontz's career thus far. This is a perfect story, almost as perfect as they come, it even outdoes my faves such as 'Whispers', 'Intensity', 'Sole Survivor' and 'From the Corner of His Eye'. To those of you who didn't even get through half of the book: Give it another chance!! This is perfec ...more
Alex Mortensen
Feb 18, 2011 Alex Mortensen rated it it was amazing
Oh man, this was SO good! So well written, so intense, and it had a bit of supernaturality that i thought was great. I didn't think I would like this, but I got wrapped into it quickly. This is a book that could be a bit confusing if you aren't really paying attention to what you are reading, and it's a bit long (it's 650 pages!) but it's totally worth reading. The last couple hundred pages are extremely good, I read through 2 classes, I was so wrapped into it. The plot is very well thought out. ...more
Matt R.
Apr 04, 2009 Matt R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz, 2009
I am a Dean Koontz fan who has enjoyed some great books but this book did nothing for me. A 2-star "it was ok" is all I can give this book. It has some entertaining parts which is why I gave it more than one star. I enjoyed the last 40 pages the most as the story came to a powerful close which many Koontz books do. You can call this book a "mock-thriller" or a voyage of half-baked characters but I just call this book kind of boring. I am still a Koontz fan and I have a lot of his catalog to read ...more
Jun 20, 2009 Maria rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this. I LOVE Dean Koontz, but I just could not get into the stinky cheese man. I wish I could write something a little more profound than this but,....this book was plain old stupid. Dean's weakest work by far.
Dec 13, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
This is a page-turner of a novel that I would be somewhat embarrassed to recommend to my friends, and considering some of the books that I recommend, that's saying something. But I have to admit that I did enjoy it. I was drawn to some of the vividly-portrayed characters, particularly the son of the famous actor whose life is in jeopardy, and the author managed to have me breezing through chapters to discover their fates.

On the negative side, I had to breeze through chapters too rapidly to make
This book took ages to get going, but once it did, it was totally worth the wait.

This is a horror thriller type story with a supernatural plot line, except the supernaturalness is not what is to be feared. That is far more mortal.

It's scary to think that people like Corky exist. I don't understand why someone would be like that, ignoring the big things like murder etc it was the little things that creeped me out the most, that someone would try and ruin things for other people for no good r
Sep 19, 2008 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this- 16 CD's! But this is a good one! - and no Golden Retrievers! (well, just a cameo with a dog from another book)
Bill Khaemba
Will finish it later
Feb 13, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The Face is Hollywood’s biggest star, and as such it isn’t unusual for fans to send him gifts- and death threats- in the mail. Ethan Truman, The Face’s Chief-of-security and burned out ex-cop, is worried. The Face has been sent a series of strange riddles (the latest of which is gruesomely physical, a doll’s eye inserted into a hollowed out apple) and Ethan knows whoever is behind them isn’t the average admirer. He has his work cut out for him as Fric, The Face’s 10-year-old son, begins receivin ...more
Dawn Torres
Sep 18, 2011 Dawn Torres rated it really liked it
Dean Koontz remains one of my favorite authors. He uses so many of those writing-isms throughout his books. Yes, I'm a total nerd for words and I get excited when I recognize one of those isms.

In The Face, a major portion of the story revolves around a 10 year old boy. Koontz's use of alliteration in relation to the child lends a sense of innocence and fun that leads you to care even more about the outcome of the plot as it relates to Fric.

I especially enjoy the changes in Koontz's characters. T
Feb 26, 2016 Fred rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
** Second Read Febrary 1, 2016 - Koontz group **
The 6 black boxes found and mentioned in the plot contain: Corky's ladybugs, snails, foreskins, scrabble tiles, guide dog book and Fric's "the eye in the apple".
** First Read September 1, 2015 **
The theme is a boy, "Fric" Manheim (10) being chased/haunted by a sick killer/kidnapper, Vladimir "Corky" Laputa, with Ethan Truman (x-cop) & Hazard Yancy (homicide) protecting "Fric" in his Bel-Air home. (I was surprised to Fric's rich dad, Channing w
Feb 19, 2012 Martip rated it it was amazing
How funny I would come to really like a kid named Frik. That Frik is a nice boy, not a pampered, spoiled brat like most children of megastars might be. You feel sorry for the guy, living without hearing from his mother for years, and his father being the hottest star alive...Frik is always measuring himself against his dad and coming up skinny, asthmatic and geeky. Ethan is the widowed homocide cop now working as security for The Face-the big star. We meet two of Ethan's good pals, and a host of ...more
This novel is like a hand closed around your throat, one that slowly tightens until you find yourself gasping for air. As the various threads come together—a murderous devotee of chaos and his various victims, an asthmatic geeky boy yearning for love and normalcy, a desperate haunted cop, his tough-as-nails partner, and the walking dead—the reader is forced to the edge of his seat while the nail-biting intensity rachets its screws ever tighter.

Terrifying, bone chilling and oddly tender at its c
Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 18, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I like what has been called "the new" Koontz and this is a good read. (unfortunately a few books lately haven't really been up to Mr. Koontz's other works...I suppose it can happen to anyone). This is an enjoyable read and only misses my "favorites" list by a tiny margine. After all, they can't all be the "favorite".

Fric is a lonely young man "imprisoned" in extreme comfort, given practically any and everything he far as "things" are concerned, by his father's fame. Fric's father "The
May 23, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
This was the first Koontz novel I ever read and I still hold it as one of my favorites! What a crazy tale! You gotta love the supernatural!
Jul 17, 2008 Charles rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Some great use of a mirror in this story. I felt like this was a bit of a return to form for Koontz and liked this better than the few that came before it.
Sep 15, 2011 Ophelia3339 rated it really liked it
Koonts likes to take our fear of the unknowable eternity and add a glimmer of possibility to most of his stories. Who doesn't want a bit of hope?
Sep 29, 2010 Johnny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Aug 29, 2014 Kavita rated it did not like it
This book is a long and boring saga of an unbelievable villain trying to kidnap a stupid and irritating child for no reason and a guardian angel who is pulled into the picture, again for no reason, and a security guard who tries to save the situation. in addition to the lack of plot motivation or anything else, this book is very badly researched and shows a false depiction of life and politics.

For a start, anarchism. Really Koontz, it takes five minutes to look it up on Wikipedia. It is many thi
Mar 14, 2011 F.R. rated it liked it
At last, I get to read a Dean Koontz novel which doesn’t prominently feature a golden retriever.

One would have thought that a writer as prolific as Koontz – at least two novels a year – might suffer from the odd shortage of ideas. But if anything, the main problem with ‘The Face’ (which is a horribly bland title) is that it just has too many ideas. It is of course always wrong to criticise ambition in fiction, but Koontz doesn’t quite manage to make all these strands work together and so the who
Feb 22, 2010 Wolf rated it really liked it
LOVE the end and stereotypes he worked with. xD

I've read Odd Thomas and it was by far his best that I've read. The Funhouse is up there, but this one in particular is a new sort of style for him. Still extreme obsessions with ghosts, but now with a purpose and more of a riddle type book than any others I've read by him.

The only reason it's a 4 rating other than a five is because of his writing. Some of it just doesn't make any sense in his descriptions unless you're speed reading, and THEN you t
Srihari Yamanoor
Sep 07, 2013 Srihari Yamanoor rated it it was ok
Note: I never write about plots. It is just not decent, given there are people out there that need to read.

I am a big fan of Dean Koontz. Though formula driven, he has nevertheless tried to create new plots or plot variations in his stories, and some of them have been quite incredible, almost breaking out of the mold, that was defined for all plots, numbered at 24 or so.

And even when his plots may fall under the expected regime, his story telling is quite gripping. And I don't mean to say that
Dec 19, 2008 melydia rated it liked it
(unabridged audiobook read by Dylan Baker): The two main characters here are Ethan Truman, chief of security for megastar Channing Manheim, and Fric, Manheim's lonely but surprisingly normal 10-year-old son. Ethan begins the story by investigating some strange packages delivered to his employer, which earns him a fatal shot in the chest...only to wake up back in his truck, unharmed but with his own blood under his fingernails. Also lurking in the wings is Corky Laputa, self-proclaimed anarchist ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Jun 16, 2013 Jill Hutchinson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I can't believe I gave this book such a high rating since I am not a reader of "psychological thrillers" (I guess that's what you could call this genre).........but this book had me at page one. It is a mix of mystery, horror, and the supernatural and it meshes just right to actually make it almost believable. It also has somewhat religious overtones which just add to the appeal. I will not go into the story as it is rather convoluted but it basically deals with "The Face", the most famous of Ho ...more
Matt Wainwright
Jun 24, 2016 Matt Wainwright rated it liked it
Certain parts of this book were brilliant and I found other parts out of place and an easy fix to plot issues. I am a huge fan of supernatural books, so it isn't a criticism from that angle, but the way the supernatural fit into this plot just felt disjointed.

The characters of Ethan, Frick and the heinous Molak (leaving out the actual name to prevent spoiler) were well done. Throughout this story, I couldn't help but think of the time Tom Cruise invited Oprah to tour his mansion. There were all
Amanda Marie
Dec 30, 2013 Amanda Marie rated it it was ok

This is my first book by Dean Koontz; I heard his writing is thrilling and a page-turner. Unfortunately I felt that the book was too drawn out, not what I was expecting from the reviews. I continued to only read on because I needed to know what would become of Maxwell Dalton. His character was in such a state of tormented suffering, being endured to months of psychological torture and starvation to the point of death. His Kidnaper Mr. Laputa a narcissist with a misanthropist personality left me
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