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The House of Thunder

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She woke up in a hospital room, barely able to remember her own name. She didn't know what terrible accident brought her there--or the four shadowy strangers who hovered in the darkened corridors. Yet step by step, she unlocked the mysteries of her past--returning to a single night of violence waged by four young men...
ebook, 368 pages
Published June 1st 1992 by Berkley Books (first published 1982)
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Phrynne
This was an entertaining read without much depth to it. Not Dean Koontz at his best but still very readable. The finale was a little bit too convoluted for me but I guess it was that or an even worse option to explain the strange events. Some silly dialogue, a doctor falling in love at first sight with a comatose patient and an entire town in cahoots to fool one individual did take a lot of swallowing but I still enjoyed it:) This is a book to while away a flew hours but which is probably not me ...more
Kasia
Oct 08, 2013 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who are Koontz fans and even those who have never heard of him ( if that's even possible although he’s been sucking the last few years a bit) this can be a real treat. This is one of his older novels which I prefer, his good olden days were something to relish in story land. I love how The House of Thunder really messes with the reader's mind when things start to unfold. It gets nice and creepy and brings in the thrills, I read this story years ago back in 2003 and I wanted to add a r ...more
Angel Gelique
Aug 12, 2015 Angel Gelique rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story! Review to come....
Becky
It's been quite a while since I've read anything by Dean Koontz, and I figured that it was about time to give him another go. This is one of his older books. That makes me feel old, actually, to say that, as it was published the same year I was born, but, it's true.

One of my favorite things about Dean Koontz is that he's able to keep me on my toes. He doesn't write the best dialogue, or write the best characters, but his stories are always twisty, and never end up where I think they're going.

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Mike (the Paladin)
Look...this book may be better than I found it. It's just that I couldn't get into the book. I tried.

The reviews I read about this told how it crept into their psyche and haunted them...terror, horror. So I picked it up (happily from the library). Mr. Koontz can write a good book. I've read some of them. He can write interesting and wonderfully weird characters, I've read some of them to.

But not here...at least not for me. I found Susan one of the most annoying characters I've come across. If
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Michael

Okay, so this started off so uber-badass! Really!

Well, badass for a Dean Koontz book. It was mysterious, tense, somewhat surreal. . . .I mean, it would've made an excellent horror thriller film. A woman wakes up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. . . slight things in her surroundings start to bring back the hints of memories. . . and soon, the whole hospital begins to seem dangerous, the people around her are dangerous, everything is dangerous. . . and then, in the last 50 or 60
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Jak
May 11, 2009 Jak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Originally written under his Leigh Nichols pseudonym (hence why it’s different to a lot of his fare), The House of Thunder is the story of a young lady that wakes up after being in a coma for three weeks. After getting past an initial bout of amnesia she starts to see people from her past who were involved in the murder of her then boyfriend. However, they have not aged and she knows that some of them died not long after their crime. So how can this be? Can she really be being assaulted by ghost ...more
Onur Evcimen
Oct 26, 2015 Onur Evcimen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
the worst novel i've ever read. My opinion is Dean Koontz adapted this novel from Stephen King's short story "Some Times They Come Back". Idea is same but Dean Koontz version is too boring and dry.
Kevin
Jul 30, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The House Of Thunder,
This being an older novel by Mr. Koontz, originally penned under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols, is not in my opinion his best work. Although I liked the book, I felt I couldn't connect with the characters. Susan is an enigma, not only her past but her present conditions are thin, lacking the depth needed to actually care about her character. The same is said about most of the characters that make appearances in this novel. It's very hard to care about characters you literally
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Andrea Villar Rios
Dean Koontz sabe perfectamente como jugar con tu mente. Entre la fantasía y la realidad, una se torna la otra y viceversa. Cuando crees que una ya es completamente imposible y te apegas a la otra, surge algo que te hace desconfiar nuevamente. Cuando parece que ya jugo con tu cerebro por completo, surge una tercera posibilidad también muy aterradora. Hay escenas tan atemorizantes sobre todo en las páginas finales, que hacen que todo cambie otra vez. Es cierto que la novela avanza de un modo lento ...more
Ashley
Dec 11, 2014 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sadly...
I was not impressed...

I am a fan of Dean Koontz and was happy to have got a copy of this from a friend... But I should have known when Goodreads.com didn't have a page on this book. (It's in a book set but I only found it in audio-version... )

I thought when I read the description it seemed like a thrilling, suspenseful read. IT WAS CRAP!!
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Sparkles
Mar 19, 2009 Sparkles rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So far reading like a straight, fairly awful, romance novel (why this from Koontz I don't know). Still on audio CD 1. Hopefully it will get better.

Now on cd 3 and the dialogue is pure drivel. A woman in peril story, oh and the woman is suppose to be a physicist but speaks like a complete idiot. Plus, the woman narrator (audio version) doesn’t help with her impressions of the older nurse, who she makes sound like Mother Goose. This doesn’t remotely read like a Koontz book. Plot is slow and flat.
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Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I very much liked this book. It is a nightmarish story that will mess with your head just like it messed with mine. I loved the trip.

Favorite Passages:
She felt like a fool, but she was still a prisoner of her fear.
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She thought of the corpse scratching insistently at the closed bathroom door against which she had been leaning. She remembered the click-snickety-click of his fingernails as he probed the cracks around the door frame.
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You're just plain crazy; that's all. Nuts. You're as n
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Carl Alves
The House of Thunder started off strong. For a while, I thought it was going to be a great early Dean Koontz novel, back when he was an amazing writer. Unfortunately, it didn’t end so well. Susan Thornton finds herself in a hospital after an auto accident. She can remember very little of her life, including where she worked and what she did. The one thing that she can remember well is a horrifying incident that happened to her earlier in her life—when her boyfriend was murdered as a result of a ...more
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
I did not even realized how fast the time flew while reading this one - I could not put it down! Great plot, madness theme and creepy twist! My second Dean Koontz novel and definitely not the last one.
J.S. Bailey
Feb 25, 2012 J.S. Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Koontz's books are kind of like potato chips: you can never read just one. I've never read a potato chip, though, so I'm not entirely sure what that is like. But you get the idea. I hope.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 24, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller, fiction
Spooky and sinister, The House of Thunder often works on pure suspense and tells an unforgettable story.
Joanna The Montrealer
I am a huge Dean R. Koontz fan and while I enjoyed The House of Thunder, I enjoyed his other novels more. Koontz usually has a great way of getting my attention and also, keeping me guessing until the end. This time, (while it was a page turner), I had guessed several different options as to what Susan's "hallucinations" (or whatever they may be) meant and when I was about 20 pages away from finishing the book, I was very disappointed to find out that I had been right.

Or so I thought.

With about
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Jane Stewart
Too much of the story is a helpless victim being afraid.

STORY BRIEF:
In 1967 Susan saw four fraternity brothers beat her boyfriend to death in a college hazing. They were going to kill her, but she escaped and testified against them. Two of them later died in a car accident. It is now 1980. Susan just woke from a three week coma from a car accident. During the next several days she sees the four fraternity brothers in the hospital. Two are working as orderlies and two are patients. The four men
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Jen
I really enjoyed this story: it was very creepy in a good-read sort of way. And the twist to the ending sure caught me by surprise!

I wasn't sure what to believe for most of the book: was Susan hallucinating or was something more sinister going on? Turned out, (view spoiler)

I ended up being a little disappointed in Susan, though. For
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Benjamin Thomas
Oct 25, 2010 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audio-books
It seems like I am reading a bunch of horror novels lately (not to mention haunted house stories) but that's just the way it's worked out. I chose this particular book almost be default. I've been trying a new library that is closer to my work place, making it easier to pick up and drop off but turns out there are very few audio books there that aren't abridged. This was just about the only one I found that was unabridged, and since I've read quite a few Koontz novels before I felt pretty safe i ...more
Ashley
Apr 09, 2015 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not my favorite book by Koontz. I have been a big fan of just about everything I've read by him. (I went through a short phase in high school where I read probably around 10 or so... Give or take.)
The book is really closer to 2.5 stars, but I really like most Koontz books, so I'll bump it to 3. I would not recommend this to anyone who hasn't already read some of his work. This is really not his best, or anywhere close to it.

It had an interesting idea and premise- woman wakes up in a
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Lauriek
Feb 11, 2010 Lauriek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens adults who like mystery
I am torn on the rating for this book. I found it easy to read and difficult to put down. It is a mystery, suspense novel with a few of the bizarre and weird you would expect from Dean Koontz novel. It is written from the persective of a woman who unexpectly wakes to find herself in a hospital after being in a coma. The suspense is maintained through out, and the ending was a surprise although a bit abrupt. If romance was intended it is shortcoming. I would recommned this book to teens and adult ...more
Fred
Nov 18, 2015 Fred rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The CD version of this book is excellent with the tones and emotions added to the main characters. The story opens with Susan Thorton on a Oregon vacation appearing to have amnesia after having a accident in her Pontiac car. Susan is a Milestone corporation physicist (high tec) and the place in the local Willawauk Town hospital. Dr. Jeffrey McGee is her attending Doctor paying great attention to her, falling in love? Susan is having "auditory hallucinations". Other major characters are 4 fratern ...more
Alissa Cook
Aug 17, 2011 Alissa Cook rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I must say, I've really enjoyed the Koontz books I've read so far, and I have God-knows-how-many more stocked away in my closet that I have yet to read. I don't know if I even made it to the halfway mark in this book, but however far I got, I barely made it even there. This book was horrible...I had to put this one down I never finished it because I was so awfully bored. It got to a point where the thought of reading another page was torture. But you know what? Don't let me stop you! If it strik ...more
Dlora
Jan 30, 2010 Dlora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The House of Thunder was quite a good suspense novel but I felt it was a bit lacking in the interaction between the characters, especially compared with Koontz's other books. Then I discovered that this book was written in 1982 under the pseudonym Leigh Nichols. Koontz said his Nichols' books were "almost entirely about story, less about character and theme and language" than his other books. Yep, that was so and I felt the lack. However, it is a fast-moving, kind of scary story. Physicist Susan ...more
Gabe Harper
So this book started off AMAZING! It was strange, eerie, and unerving, bad the last third or so of the book was terrible. The ending, in my opinion, had nothing to do with the first part of the story, I was so interested in what laid in the mind of the main character's mind, and the fact that the ending was what it was really got me mad, because up until that point, I was really into this book, and when I found out what I did I thought "Really? THIS is the ending? There could have been so many o ...more
Sharon
May 26, 2016 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, 2016-reads
After The House of Thunder - which I happily abandoned after 50 pages - I think it is time to re-access my Dean Koontz shelf in the bookcase. I think it's time to make some room for someone else's books where his currently sit :(
Bonnigene Cloud
Sep 22, 2011 Bonnigene Cloud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the descriptive and captivating thriller we have come to expect from Dean Koontz. It is about a physicist named Susan who has a car accident or believes she does... She is seeing people from a frightening past that are supposed to be dead and buried. As with any Dean Koontz novel you have to continually question what is happening because often times it is not what it seems. This book is no different! It has a great twist at the end the book that brings to light the situation, ...more
April
DNF at about 60%.

I need to remember that I cannot read Koontz's books. Cannot. CAN. NOT.

All of his books have a tendency to get under my skin and really bother me. And this one, with all of the mind games and gaslighting that occur to the protagonist... with my history, I just can't handle it.

Thank goodness I have a husband who agreed that, for me especially, this was a very mindfuckery sort of book and one that I should not push myself to finish.

I did enjoy the 60% or so that I did read. But fo
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Leigh Nichols is a pen name of Dean R. Koontz / Dean Koontz.
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