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The Face of Fear

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  7,231 ratings  ·  111 reviews

Because you're trapped. With a beautiful, terrified woman. On the 40th floor of a deserted office building. By the psyshopath they call "The Butcher."


Because you're an ex-mountain climber. Because a fall from Everest left you with a bad leg... and a paralyzing fear of heights.


Because he has slaughtered the guards and short-circu...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 15th 1985 by Berkley (first published 1976)
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This old (1976) Koontz novel is basically a made for TV film; a man and woman try to escape from a dangerous criminal. What sets it apart from countless other paperback thriller sold at drugstores and airports is the concept: the whole novel plays out in an skyscraper, and the stairs and the elevator are off limits: the only way out is to climb down.

The Face of Fear features Graham Harris, an ex-mountain climber with a bad fall in his past. It left him with a lame leg, and fear of heights. Conni...more
Alison's world changes when her mother marries plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn. She moves into a huge mansion in the Hollywood Hills, leaves her public school behind for a prestigious prep school, and makes new friends. Her new friends have all had cosmetic work done on them by Alison's stepfather and give her suggestions on what she should have done.

Although the thought of it creeps her out at first, she agrees to accept breast augmentation as a 16th birthday present. Soon after, Alison discovers a...more
Stephan van der Linde
This book resembles a lot of "The Vision" by Dean Koontz where he used a clairvoyant who is been chased by a killer. In this book as well.

In "The Face Of Fear" it is not the question WHO is the killer as in "The Vision", but how will the hunted victim escape in a deserted skyscraper.

I pretty liked this book because the story is plain and it reads smooth.
Stirring and off and on surprising.

I think Dean Koontz wrote some good books, but also a lot worse (mainly too much too sweet clichés) but thi...more
3.5 stars. Great plot, exciting story, definitely old school Koontz. However, the characters aren't fleshed out very well.
I've been pretty tough on Dean Koontz lately as I've been rereading a lot of his books. The Face of Fear is long on plot, a little short of characterization (with the notable exception of Harris), and suffers the ill fate of an abrupt climax.

The action flows until Koontz gets hung up on climbing details, and then it flows again until the ending which feels, after a suspenseful build, a bit rushed and slapdash, almost as if Koontz was just tired of writing and was trying to get the story wrapped...more
Jo Bennie
The women of New York City are being hunted by a murder called the Butcher, a modern day Jack the Ripper.

Graham Harris is a clairvoyant, an unwitting witness to murder who has been plagued by visions since a climbing accident five years earlier shattered his confidence and his body and bequeathed to him an unwelcome psychic talent. Harris receives visions of killers when he touches things at murder scenes and has used this ability to help the authorities catch the perpetrator.

Connie Davis is Har...more
The main premise of the book is an unknown serial killer who is out to murder and disfigure women. A psychic, who gains the gift after a fall from Mount Everest, comes very close to knowing the identity of the killer. Because of this, he and his girlfriend have to be murdered. And so the chase begins.

This is a thriller with an unusual chase sequence. As with most of his books, Koonz plays around with psychology a lot and has created characters with some supernatural talent. He has borrowed his c...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Five stars for very likeable protagonists, who find a creative way of escaping from their situation. The villain is another one of those crazy sickos with a knife. Not my favorite kind of horror. But, with the fantastic action/adventure, I have to give this one a high rating.
I would say 3 1/2 stars. I love Dean Koontz, and this definitely wasn't a bad book, but it's not one of my favorites by him. I found the main characters, you know, the heroes, kind of bland. They didn't have much personality. And while it Parts of it were suspenseful, it took a while for it to build up to the final really long chase scene. There was one character who was briefly mentioned in the beginning, who became important later, and I feel that he was presented as a big enough character to...more
Knocked this out in a day. Very fast paced and exciting. Maybe a little too sappy an ending but it was a good read anyway!
This is not one of Koontz's best works. This is probably the first book of his I've read and didn't much care for.

There was just a lot of hack writing and corny dialogue. The ending was anti-climatic with way too much build up. Billy's identity was predictable. I was also bothered by the extensive and repetitious description of the act and processes of rappelling and climbing. It was like Koontz had just researched mountain climbing and decided to write an essay about it for us.

And, why did he...more
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•Erin• (Paperback Stash)
When I read the back of this book to someone, once we reached, “and there’s a blizzard outside, they laughed and said, “Oh, of course.”

The plot may sound interesting but nothing like Koontz’s usual work. Instead it more or less mimics simple lifetime thrillers we’ve all seen over and over again. A generic plot without much else to offer, with strange coincidences that are a bit more cheesy than realistic. And this is only from the description…

I was interested in reading about the clairvoyant and...more
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Graham Harris became psychic after a mountaineering accident. He doesn't particularly relish this ability, but has used it to help in various unsolved mysteries and is currently helping the New York City police track down "The Butcher".

The Butcher brutally murders women - carefully choosing his targets. He knows he won't be caught, he's too good for that.

This was a quick read, but slightly disappointing. I'm not sure what about it left me wanting more, but it just seemed too...I don't know. It...more
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Julie Powell
Another enjoyable read, filled with suspense and mystery, with believable characters, great dialogue and plot. It focuses on fear and how it can dictate how we live our lives.

When something comes along to challenge that fear, what would we do?

A clever way to address the issue of 'fear' at the same time an entertaining read.

A few typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical issues, which again surprised me with so many expensive eyes paid to catch them.

A good read, however.
A very well written thriller with paranormal undertones.

What I liked best was how flawed the characters in this book were. They were no supermen and they had to overcome themselves and deal with their fears to save their own lives. I would say that some of the things that the characters did in this book would be impossible in the real life but this being a thriller and not a documentary, it didn't matter much. I also liked how the author hinted at who Billy was. He played well with the reader's...more
Sharon Michael
Several of Koontz's books I re-read with great enjoyment, all of them earlier ones and unfortunately for me, his writing and my tastes have diverged. I occasionally pick up one of the more recent books in hopes that has changed but unfortunately, it does not seem to happen.

As the star rating suggests, this one was 'okay'. Unlike several others I've tried, I finished reading this, though I will admit to skimming some of it. I just simply could not connect with the characters in this book like I h...more
great thriller. action, all the way. Koontz at this best. the characters were believable, just when you thought you knew it all there was a twist at the end. well worth reading
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
Graham has clairvoyant powers and starts to reveal information about a psychotic rapist and serial killer-and the killer is not pleased that someone knows so much about him and might end his killing spree. So he traps Graham and Sarah in an office building in the middle of the night and so begins a game of cat and mouse in the dark...

This book was a great tension filled old fashioned thriller. Our heroes are trying to evade the lunatic as they all move around in the building, with a few near mis...more
This is my first Koontz novel and honestly I expected more. However, I did find out this was one of his first works, so I'm sure his novels get better.
There is nothing that scares me more than the thought of having to run and hide for my life. That's the reason Koontz Intensity is my favorite. This is probably my second favorite Koontz. The trouble I have with "horror" is that I can never find anything that truly scares me. So much horror tries to play on the super-natural and while I enjoy those stories, they don't necessarily scare me. I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, if I couldn't, I couldn't be an avid reader. However, when i...more
Emi Ramirez
The climax of book dragged.. But characters had more depth than koontz' usual characters.. And I loved that he referenced true crime..
Older Dean Koontz books are so different than those he has written in the last few years! Much faster paced. This one has held up well
Charles Kinder
The Face of Fear offers a new twist to the typical game of cat and mouse. Dean Koontz does a wonderful job of cathcing the reader's tension, as if the reader is in it with them. Graham goes through an amzing character arch, which is unmatched compared to any I've read before. Twist after twist, Dean keeps you guessing, and if not for the page numbers, you would never know when it ends. htecharacters are all well developed, the backgrounds especially, and the sotry doesn't ever let the reader bre...more
The Face of Fear is more of a thriller suspense. At times you feel you are in the building intense at times. Definitely worth a read.
Victoria Porraz
Fast-paced. Good read :)
I really don't need the explicit sexual descriptions, it just ruins it.
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