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The Face: A Novel

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  16,213 ratings  ·  498 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City.

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 strik
ebook, 688 pages
Published June 29th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2003)
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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.
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
A friend of mine lent this book to me last year. I had heard a lot about Dean Koontz and I wanted to give his books a try. However, on reading around 40 pages or so, I realized that I should have spent my time doing something better instead- such as watching paint dry. Yes, it was that boring. I gave up on this book until I picked it up a month later. I never leave books half-read (even if that book is total crap).
I finally completed it two weeks later, so in my opinion, it's not a page turner
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
"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
Alex Mortensen
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.
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
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.
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
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
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)
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
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.
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?
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)
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
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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
(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
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
Dawn Torres
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
Srihari Yamanoor
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
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
Jason Reeser
Koontz has yet again found a way to keep writing familiar yet highly original storylines. There are a number of oddball things going on in this novel, yet at a certain level, we've seen this all before. About the only thing where this does not match up with Koontz's formula is the absence of science gone wrong. There is a well developed villian here, as always, who is insane enough to be disturbing and truly sick, but there is a good balance against this with the heroes who stand out as white kn ...more
Benjamin Stahl
For such a well known author, I was shocked with how poorly written and tedious this book was.
The premise is simple, but not in a good way. Reading this book makes you wonder if Dean Koontz has not just watched Se7en and then felt compelled to write his own supernatural version of it.
The story line is stupid, and none of the characters bar one, who is gruesomely tortured by the villain - arouses any liking or sympathy throughout the story. Except for the one exception previously mentioned, I a
I have been enjoying through most of Dean Koontz books. I also could not put down The Face...until I came to the last chapters. From the beginning till the end the book was very interesting. However, the end of the book is really disappointing and weak. I would not read the book if I knew the end is going to be so grey. To tell the truth I have noticed this weakness of Dean Koontz in a couple of his previous books before. Though I would admit it is very rare for him. Because of the ending, my ov ...more
Christopher Highline
This is my third Dean Koontz and going in i was slightly pessimistic based on others comments. Though I really liked the other two Koontz i read this is now by far my favorite of his. The one complaint i'd have is sometimes Koontz gets a little over descriptive for my taste. In the same sense... his ability to make you feel whats going on, his satirical humor, and his ability to weave a great story has made me a HUGE fan!!! I He is the master of the inner thought process of his characters .. spe ...more
Kathryn Flatt
For starters, I'm a big Dean Koontz fan. I greatly admire his ability to approach a complex tale through many points of view. In "The Face," he does this superbly, with one of the points of view being that of a killer. Alongside the mystery of who is stalking the famous actor is an otherworldly angle that I found quite intriguing. The characters in this novel were very compelling, especially the cop-turned-security-chief and oddly the son of the actor. In other novels, Koontz's depiction of kids ...more
Markirah Shaw
Koontz' writing style is too darn much. Too many similes, too many metaphors, too many adjectives. The story was bogged down by too much imagery. In school they tell you to show not tell, but Koontz was so determined to show how poetic he is that he forgot to tell the story in a timely manner. He didn't need to spend so much time on describing the rain, for instance.

Truly, this book did not need to be 600 pages long. There really wasn't that much going on besides an absentee famous father, a lo
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