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A year after little Danny's death, his mother swore she saw him in a stranger's car...It was a mystery she could not escape. An obsession that would lead her from the bright lights of Las Vegas to the cold shadows of the High Sierras. A terrible secret seen only by...The Eyes Of Darkness.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published 1981)
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Jeremy Bates
Dean Koontz is one of the world’s best paid author’s (bringing in more than twenty five million annually!), which means everybody who’s interested in books has probably read him–which is why I didn’t choose to review one of his more popular works like Watchers.

Eyes of Darkness isn’t my favorite Dean Koontz book, but it was one of his early ones, which I think is a good place to start with Koontz. If you don’t know, DK fist began writing sci-fi, and was sometimes publishing up to eight books a ye...more
Kim
This book has gotten many negative reviews - so I guess I'm easily entertained because I loved it! I'm a mom so maybe the whole 'grieving mother goes to any extreme to save her kid' thing really appealed to me? Of course, there was the excitement of the chase - typical of so many Dean Koontz novels. There was also the 'weird and unbelievable' aspects to it, but that is why I love to read Dean Koontz! It's amazing to me how he can weave a tale so crazy that when I try to explain what I'm reading...more
John
Better than good but less than great, THE EYES OF DARKNESS is an updated version of a book previously published under a Koontz pseudonym during his early writing period, back when he was producing a new novel every other month or so. While reading these early books, you definitely get the sense that his writing speed outpaced his ability to come up with new ideas, and it's readily apparent that all the major elements and themes found in THE EYES OF DARKNESS were later recycled into other Koontz...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Feb 08, 2012 Dustin Crazy little brown owl marked it as humor-me-and-tell-me-lies  ·  review of another edition
"Don't be silly, Billy." - Tina Evans

This book is so humorous, but the funny thing is - it's not supposed to be :-)

I loved the paranormal aspect of this NOT DEAD idea with the message coming through so many forms and the icy drop in temperature.

The dialogue is pretty bad. I did like the action toward the end and the events occurring (view spoiler) but after the action is over, the book ends rather abruptly.

Chapter 9 i...more
Mike (the Paladin)
You know...the best part of this book is the "afterward" where Mr. Koontz goes into the nonsense that went on in trying to bring this book and some of his others into TV adaptions.

The novel itself? Well for a thriller it's a bit slow, wooden and there's way too much book for the story it tells. Maybe if the book were about a third shorter it would be better.

Written under a pseudonym (Dean Koontz as Leigh Nichols) it was one of several books he wrote this way. Later he "punched them up" and re-re...more
Maciek
Just not worth the time and paper, with an utterly lame ending. NEXT
Jessica
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Hannah
Nov 21, 2010 Hannah rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who likes psychological thrillers
This is my first book by Dean Koontz and I will most definitely be reading more by him. As explained in his new afterword, this book is quite different from his other books, which only intrigues me to try another one!

This book follows Christina Evans, mother to Danny. Danny died one year ago in a tragic camping accident when his entire boy scout troop and all of the chaperones were killed. However, now Tina's nightmare is only just beginning. She is having treacherous dreams at night, strange ha...more
April
Not as, leave the lights on scary, as some of his more recent novels but very good. Tina is just starting to get over the death of her young son, Danny, when she starts to have nightmares and sees things that cause her to question his death.
Fast paced, with Tina and Eliot trying to out smart a covert, secret government agency, to find her son.
Koontz does not disappoint.
Dee Toomey
I enjoyed this book as entertaining. This story was originally written under a psydonymn, and he has reworked it and released it now under Koontz. There is some adult content that usually one wouldn't see in a Koontz book. This is a story of intrique and national secracy...and not as much paranormal stuff like you would usually read in a Koontz book. I enjoyed it.
Maxine
This was the first Dean Koontz book that I read way back when I was in my tweens. I was then trying out new book genres and was surprised to see that I actually enjoyed this one. Though the plotline was pretty shallow and the romance absurd, I would have to admit that in my 11-year old mind, it was the book that started my addiction to Dean Koontz books.
Brett
If the kid in this book can crash helicopters and make guns not work with his mind, I submit he could escape from his captors without his mom's help. Also, he could write something less cryptic than just "not dead" on the chalkboard of his room.
Chris
It was a fast and easy read, some aspects were pretty easy to predict and the heroine bought into the supernatural aspect way too easily, but it was a good read. And true to form, Koontz used his favorite item, the lock release gun,lol.
Ellenjsmellen
This book was released & re-written by Koontz. So I'm re-reading it, however my Dog (not my dad) ate the front and back of the book plus the last few pages. Argh!
J.S. Bailey
This was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read, directly leading to my Koontz addiction. :)
Erika
This earlier book of Koontz reminds me why I became a fan.
Melissa
A little bit ridiculous
Tracey
Dean Koontz is one of my favourite contemporary authors, so it was a major let down for me to discover that The Eyes of Darkness was a disappointing read.

The story begins with the death of young Danny Evans in an accident that also took the lives of many other school aged boys while on an excursion in the mountains. A year later, his Mum Tina begins to receive messages that say 'not dead'. Meanwhile, Tina meets a new love interest Elliot and together they try and untangle the mystery to get to t...more
Samantha
Tina's son Daniel died at the age of 12 in a scouting accident. He and his whole troop, on a snow-filled wilderness adventure, were in a terrible bus accident with no survivors. Daniel's body was so badly mangled, so she was told, that it was ill advised to view his body. She and her ex-husband took that advice. Now, a year later, Tina is either losing her mind or something more sinister is happening. Strange things keep happening to her and all seem to indicate that either someone is trying to...more
Jane Stewart
Weak 3 stars. Good action and suspense. Bad dialogue. Weak narrator.

STORY BRIEF:
Tina’s son Danny was on a field trip. The bus was in an accident and he died. The cops recommended she not view the body because it was mangled. She complied. The story begins a year later. A ghost or something paranormal is sending messages to Tina. The messages say “not dead.” She is also having dreams saying her son is not dead. She believes someone is playing pranks.

Tina meets Elliot an attorney. They are attract...more
Johnny
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MayberryAfterMidnight
Another mass market paperback picked up for half price at the Strand. My first Dean Koontz book (and the paperback version I read was an updated and revised one, having originally been published under the pseudonym, Leigh Nichols). I was charmed by the author's Afterword, discussing his updates and the republication under his real name. It was also interesting to read that he intentionally resisted revising the book to something he would write now. I am inclined to keep this in mind when reviewi...more
Denis
"The Eyes of Darkness" was written under the pen name Leigh Nichols in '81. It is a mixed-genre novel: Mystery, Thriller, SF...
The plot/story is rather standard; a secret governmental military weapon project goes wrong and they must cover their tracks... and ordinary people get caught up in it.

The version that I read was an early '90's re-write and packaged under the Koontz name. Here he updated some technological details and the political situation. I found this unnecessary as book written in i...more
Jo Bennie
Tina Evans is an ex Vegas showgirl opening her first major show on the Strip and slowly coming to terms with the death a year earlier of her 12 year old son in a terrible crash with his scout troop in the high Sierra mountains, a crash that left his body so mangled she and her husband were advised to have a closed coffin ceremony. Tina is now living alone, Danny's room remains unchanged and one night she hears a heavy thump from his room. She finds Danny's blackboard overturned, on it are writte...more
Sandi
I picked up The Eyes of Darkness audio book for $4.95 on Audible and that was about what it was worth. Shortly after I started listening, I had to take a look and see when it was published. What really started me wondering was when Koontz describes the dead boy's room with its model airplane collection. I don't know any boys in this day and age who build model airplanes. Heck, I don't think they can even buy model glue or enamels anymore. Other missing things that would have made things easier f...more
Craigeria
In his early days, Dean Koontz wrote a lot of books under various pseudonyms. This is one them. As he remains a favorite among many readers, he has re-released these books under his own name. I have read most of Koontz's early books. I did not think I had read this one before, but once I started to read it, the story felt very familiar to me. After finishing I, I came to the conclusion that I had not read it. However, fans of the early Koontz will recognize a lot of similar themes: a mother's un...more
Ivo Stunga
Pa ceļam uz darbu noklausījos šo patīkamo tumsas veldzi gaišajos pavasara rītos uz velo, sabiedriskajā vai ejot kājām. Jāpiezīmē, ka man riktīgi patīk Kūnca stils; darbos pamatā valda šāds mehānisms:
1) Viss sākas ar diezgan strauju ielēkšanu kādā ainā, kurā, parasti, protagonists ir vājš un atrod sevi pēc kādas nelaimes, katastrofas vai vienkārša W T F, kas izjauc viņa ierasto dzīves ritējumu, apgriežot ordināro pasauli mazliet kājām gaisā;
2) piedzīvotais WTF tiek pētīts ordināras izpratnes par...more
Kyra Dune
Christina Evans is a former chorus girl running her first major production for a Las Vegas casino. This is how she meets Elliot Stryker, a former member of army intelligence turned lawyer. Their instantaneous and powerful attraction and connection is typical of the kind of romantic situations that you would usually find in a Kootz book. When Christina decides to exhume the body of her twelve year old son Danny, who was killed in a bus accident along with a number of other boys, she asks Elliot t...more
Jen
My favourite of all Koontz's novels, The Eyes of Darkness is a simple and fantastic mystery novel, with appealing characters, lots of suspense, a touch of romance and a quest that anyone can relate to - a Mother desperately searching for her child. The book has one major flaw that I'll relate in the end.

Tina Evans is a former showgirl, turned producer of Vegas stage shows, whose show "Magyck!" is about to debut - a feat which could end her career or make her a millionaire. Beneath Tina's polish...more
Erin (Paperback Stash)
A little generic, but even Koontz admits this in the afterword, as it being a book under one of his pseudonyms originally.

Basically Tina's son got killed when he was 12 in a scouting accident trip, and his son was too mangled for her to ever view the body. Now, a year later, she starts seeing supernatural occurrences in his room, like the writing of "not dead" appearing on the chalkboard in his room in front her eyes. She is also plagued by dreams that her son is reaching out to her for help. Sh...more
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