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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  99 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
The bestselling author of Son of the Endless Night once again crafts a chilling novel of psychological terror. Abby Abelard is the hottest-selling romance writer in America. Dr. Joe Bryce, a dedicated physician, has spent the last three years in war-torn Africa--But he has sins on his conscience and a frightening past he can never outrun, even with Abby's help.
Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Forge (first published 1995)
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Tobin Elliott
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-copy, fiction
Going in, I thought this was going to be another supernatural outing, but it wasn't. Not even a little.

That said, I have to say, I actually quite enjoyed what was essentially a thriller/romance. Joe was interesting enough to hold my attention throughout, and some of the other characters were very well drawn.

Yes, Farris seemed to sort of forget some of them along the way, but overall, this actually was a well-written southern-gothic romance thriller.

I could read more like these.
Karen Field
Apr 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
On the front cover of the book Stephen King is quoted to have said that nobody writes horror better than John Farris. A blurb like this gives the reader high expectations, so I was a little disappointed to discover that the book isn’t even horror. If I had a point system for rating books, points would definitely be taken off for that bit of misleading information alone. So let me begin by saying that despite what you may have been told elsewhere Dragonfly is not a horror story, it is a mystery r ...more
One of those books that felt like a waste of time. It wasn't good enough to be entertaining, and had nothing much more than the storm scenes to recommend it.
The writing reminded me of Stuart Wood, with the recounting of meals, drinks, music listened to, macho posturing of sexual conquests, and a creepy sexual interest in teenage girls. This book was better than a Woods book, less of the F- word, more to the actual story; but still that same vibe that the book was written by an older guy writing
Tom Pile
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Dragonfly is out in a new audio edition from Crossroad Press and Running Dog Studio. I knew John Farris' work primarily from The Furyso I was expecting horror when I embarked on this project. What I found instead was a romance cloaked in a Southern Gothic mystery, full of colorful turns of phrase, flashes of wicked humor, a vast cast of characters, and a richly twisted plot.

I have to say I got much more involved in the story than I thought I would, and ended up very satisfied with the novel an
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thought based on the cover and brief endorsements that this was a horror story. It wasn't, but more of a mystery romance. The first part of the book was very engaging, but somewhere towards the middle it started to spin out and I lost interest. I liked the main character, Joe quite a bit, but the character of the heroine, Abby didn't have alot of depth.
Debborah Espy
Jul 15, 2010 rated it liked it
That an author can start out well but finish very badly ! The plot started out as a mystery thriller and ended up a type of romance novel gone bad.This author has wrote some good books but this is not one of them!
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Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, proof
Twisted the back cover, synopsis doesn't do it justice.
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American writer and screenwriter of both adaptations of his own books (e.g. 'The Fury'), of the works of others (such as Alfred Bester's 'The Demolished Man') and original scripts. In 1973 he wrote and directed the film 'Dear Dead Delilah'. He has had several plays produced off-Broadway, and also paints and writes poetry. At various times he has made his home in New York, Southern California and P ...more
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