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The Neighbour

(The City #0.5)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  8,603 ratings  ·  500 reviews
An original short story from No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. A prequel to THE CITY, his gripping and moving new novel.

Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbour…

The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awk
Kindle Edition, 38 pages
Published June 5th 2014 by Harper (first published January 1st 2014)
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Mike Marsbergen The Neighbour is a short-story prequel to Koontz's novel, The City. The paperback version of the novel, I believe, contains the short story, too.…moreThe Neighbour is a short-story prequel to Koontz's novel, The City. The paperback version of the novel, I believe, contains the short story, too.(less)
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Bobby Underwood
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’ve ever wondered how good a short story can be, Dean Koontz reminds us in The Neighbor. While it is touted as a prequel of sorts to his novel, The City, you need not have read it — I confess I haven’t yet — to enjoy this mesmerizing and tender short story.

Koontz immediately sucks us into the world of gangly 12 year old Malcolm and his beautiful 17 year old sister, Amalia, whom Malcolm adores. Their parents are terrible, and Malcolm describes their house as being like Poe’s House of Usher
I am huge fan of Dean Koontz so it isn't easy for me when I read something by him that it wasn't good. I was meditating to give it a 3-star rating but at the end, I realized that this short story was just okay, so the 2-star rating was sadly the right call in my opinion.

The narrative is nothing out of the ordinary, the premise and development is predictable and even something too much seen in other places, you only have to watch some episodes of Criminal Minds and adding the cliché paranormal fa
Paul Falk
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Dean Koontz brilliantly tugged at the coming of age of two impressionable youngsters. They lived in a time when the war in Vietnam was escalating. That in itself had no specific effect upon the storyline. This well-written short story gave me a look at the unpredictable dynamics of a family. The characters of this narrative were well-drawn. It was a captivating read - beginning to end.

12-year-old Malcolm had been awoken in the middle of the night by a faint sound coming from the house next door.
Bren fall in love with the sea.
“Some felt that perhaps in his past lay a tragedy with which he had never been able to make his peace, that the only companion with which he felt comfortable was sorrow.”
― Dean Koontz, The Neighbor

I really enjoyed this story. I had not read Koontz in years but was seeking a short story and this looked good. It was.

It would appear to be a Ghost story and it is somewhat but more than that, it was also a great story of the love between a brother and sister. I have not read The City so I have no ide
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I was going through my ebooks when I found this little novella and thought "what the heck, it's short and I don't know what to read next". Then, I realized it was the prequel to The City. But fortunately, it was not that bad and I actually liked it better than The City.

It was a quick read about an event before the siblings Malcolm and Amelia met Jonah. You really don't need to read this before you read The City, well you really don't need to read it after either. But at least it was better then

Louie Matos The Mustache
I figured I should review the prequel to The City separately, seeing as how I enjoyed The City so much and it was included with the volume. This short story is about Malcolm and Amalia, shortly before Jonah moves in next door. The narrative is also in first-person, but it’s about them, not Jonah. Their neighbor is recently deceased, and yet they believe they’ve heard sounds coming from the house next door. It isn’t a new neighbor that has moved in next door, but could it be a malevolent presence ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Fab creepy little tale
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short but spooky - quite a difficult trick to pull off!
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A short story about a 12 year old boy and his 17 year old sister whose neighbour has passed away, but then they see the lights on in his house...

A very short, somewhat predictable tale that weaves aspects of the supernatural with your typical creepy neighbour story. Entertaining enough and not too bad for a free kindle book.
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Malcolm and his sister Amalia have a less than idyllic childhood, filled with secondhand smoke and TV dinners. Their father is cold and emotionally distant, while their mother lives to watch television and gossip with the (other) neighbor. The two children, although five years apart, are very close. The strength of the love between the siblings ends up being of utmost importance to the resolution of the story.

This is a short-story prequel to Dean Koontz's upcoming novel "The City," which will be
Judy Collins
Dean Koontz’s THE NEIGHBOR, a novella, e-short story to prepare- tantalize, readers for the exiting upcoming book, THE CITY.

PS. Just finished THE CITY, as received an ARC (it is like no other book-5 stars). Had to go back and read, the e-short story, (as did not want to miss a thing)!

THE NEIGHBOR gives you a little background of Malcom Pomerantz, a little OCD, a musician, and saxophone child prodigy, and very inquisitive young boy of twelve.

Malcom is white and his best friend, Jonah is black,
Calvin Dean
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Neighbor is a short story by Dean Koontz. The house next door sits vacant. Mr. Clockenwall died of a massive heart attack a month earlier. Twelve-year-old, Malcolm, viewed the old man, a retired English teacher, as quiet, one who kept to himself. But one night, an unusual sound drew Malcolm and his older sister, Amalia, into the vacant home. Amalia confides that Mr. Clockenwall gave her the creeps, and for good reason. She admonished Malcolm never to set foot in his home alone. Malcolm can’t ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
A little too short to have much substance, but it was ok.
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
The Neighbor is a short prequel, used to promote the full-length novel, The City. I originally did not enjoy The City, but did enjoy this short story. After re-reading The City in 2020, decided I might as well re-read The Neighbor. This time around, I found more value in The City and increased the book's rating to four stars.

With few words and pages, The Neighbor goes to some interesting places. The build up, background and character description is well-written and intriguing - from there the s
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read shot stories but this one caught my attention for three reasons. 1. It was a ghost story...2. It was written by one of my all time favorite authors, Dean Koontz...and 3. It was one I knew I had never read, or even heard of. to an afternoon with "Uncle Dean". It didn't make an afternoon barely made it to an hour but it was a fascinating well told little ghost story. It had hidden elements that were slowly brought out that made it all the more interesting. It di ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Creepy, creepy. I suppose October can't pass by without me reading one of Dean Koontz's books. I still remember how creeped out I was by Winter Moon. ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m a big Dean Koontz fan, and even though I wasn’t crazy about The City I was curious about this little prequel.

In truth, I would have gotten along just fine had I never read The Neighbor. It’s not a necessity, it’s just a little extra. It was interesting, to a degree, but for the most part it fell short. Things came together well, but I was never sucked completely into the story.

It could just be the fact I’m not the biggest fan of short stories, though, as for the most part this left me with t
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best quality of a short story (be it humor, horror, mystery, drama, sci-fi, or any other genre) is one that leaves a lasting impression and is one that you can come back to and read again to savor the experience. In my opinion, “The Neighbor” is such a story. Dean Koonz’s “The Neighbor”, a prelude to the novel “The City,” is a tale that not only has moments of heart and familial bonding, but also is quite frightening, disturbing, scary, mysterious and intense.

What I particularly loved about
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story - just 33 pages - is a prequel to The City, the author's latest novel. Since I haven't read the book yet (it's next on my list), I'm not sure how important it is to read this story, released as a Kindle single. But I do know it's excellent on its own.

It took less than half an hour to read, and yes, what takes place here makes me want to read more (which, I suppose, is one of the main reasons some authors have taken to writing these little ditties). Set in 1967, it's about 12-yea
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unclean Spirit...

This is a prequel to The City: A Novel and should be read first.

This short eerie story explains about the vacant house next to Malcom and Amalia's childhood home. They discover secrets they would have rather not know in the pursuit of being neighborly with the new neighbor they assume moved in at 3 am the night before. What happens next will overshadow their lives forever!

Full of suspense this short and chilling thriller sets a very supernatural tone to the neighborhood where th
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, of course, I read these in the wrong order...the book The City prior to this short story and prequel. It didn't really matter. Both were beautiful with great characters and both had very creepy story lines. Sometimes I forget how much story and character development can be packed into a short story but Koontz has reminded me. Great short story as a stand alone or with The City. ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's been a while since I actually read and reviewed a Dean Koontz book that was not part of his Odd Thomas series. I used to love to read Dean Koontz when I was younger and devoured Strangers, Watchers, The Servants of Twilight, Ticktock (which was more adventure/funny than scary and I loved it), and a collection of short stories that I mentioned yesterday, Strange Highways.

Then I don't know what happened. I started to find myself not loving all of his more recent fare and then just outright n
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a short and fast read, 33 pages actually. It pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me wanting more. This book is a Prequel to "The City", hoping The City is as moving and spooky as this one.

The Neighbor:
Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story—a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koon
R.A. White
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A short and creepy story. It's amazing how I could feel like I knew the characters so well in such a short time, but that's one thing I love about Dean Koontz. Now I'm ready to read The City! As if I wasn't, already…
Language: I don't remember any bad words, exactly, but the 'bad guy' is really bad and there's some disturbing stuff.
Sexual Content: I guess ditto on 'Language'.
Overall Message/Theme: It's a short story, not a thesis, but it does illustrate how often the most 'normal' people are actu
Brent M.  Jones
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Some may be put off by Dean Koontz different approach in this novella and in the book, "The City" , from which the characters in "The Neighbor" are taken. Just because this didn't seem like a Dean Koontz approach is no reason to punish him with a lower rating and in fact the plots of both work perfectly together and are well done. The time period that the books are in are interesting and again well done. The ending of "The City" was unexpected and the profile of the two supporting characters in ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read The City, so I am jumping in to the background stuff with no reference. But this is a good teaser enticing me to read Koontz's The City.
As a short story, this was about an hour's worth of listening, so it's a pretty easy read. The characters have enough depth to see them in something longer, but not too much time was given to filling in details, a bonus in my book.
My content advisory is a bit of a spoiler. (view spoiler)
Diane Lynch
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. Traditional scary book which I love. Much better than the book it is a prequel to, The City. I read it in 1 night. That is rare for me. I read this book after The City. It doesn't matter the order you read these books. I am glad I read it second. I would have had too much information about some of the characters. I may not have stayed as interested in The City as I was because of that. The Neighbor was written in true Dean Koontz WOW mode. ...more
Sheila Beaumont
I really enjoyed this entertaining, riveting short-story prequel to Dean Koontz's novel The City. It was a fascinating, well-told story, and I loved the brother-and-sister main characters. I'm looking forward to reading the novel very soon. ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
A good short ghost story with a link to the bigger novel coming next month (The City). ...more
Aug 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable short story about ghosts. Kept me entertained for the most part but it didn't have the haunting writing that drew me to Dean Koontz before. ...more
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