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The Voice of the Night

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  17,288 ratings  ·  414 reviews
No one could understand why Colin and Roy were best friends. Colin was so shy; Roy was so popular. Colin was nervous around girls; Roy was a ladies’ man. Colin was fascinated by Roy — and Roy was fascinated with death. Then one day Roy asked his timid friend, “You ever killed anything?” And from that moment on, the two were bound together in a game too terrifying to imagin ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 339 pages
Published July 1st 1991 by Berkley (first published 1980)
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Karl Marberger
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
A decent coming-of-age tale. The execution was a little spotty, but it was still enjoyable.
Dean Koontz has used so many pen names (something I hadn’t known). Ten by the count of Google. The Voice of the Night was originally published under the name of Brian Coffey (learned that here on Goodreads). But I have read quite a few of Koontz’s books in the past. A few early ones, and then a bunch through the early 2000’s. If there was one thing I could count on with his books, it’s suspense. He’s just good at it. Because of that, I liked Odd Thomas and books like Life Expectancy. Personal fa ...more
Edward Lorn
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Koontz-Alert Checklist (Every Dean Koontz book has at least one of the following ten things.)

1. Blond lead/love interest - Yes. There are quite a few blonds in this book, actually.
2. Dog(s) - Nope
3. Government conspiracy - Nope
4. Aliens - Nope
5. Serial Killer - Kinda
6. Bougainvillea plant - Nope
7. Sodium-vapor streetlight - Nope
8. Precocious child - Kinda
9. Town gone crazy - Nope
10. Psychic(s) - Nope

The Voice in the Night is my latest Koontz reread with my bubbly buddy, Smilely Smileson, also k
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
this was my first dean koontz, and as you can see from my library, it basically opened a flood gate. i was fairly young when i read this, probably close to the age of the main character, and this book disturbed me in a lot of ways. i think if i re-read it, i would be a lot more hardened toward it, because i've read and watched a lot in the horror genre in the years since then. but i will always remember and cherish this as the first (and among the few) books that quite literally made me squirm.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Koontzland Group Read - December 2017
Dean Koontz in December: this is #4 out of 4 listed for me

What can Colin Jacobs do to protect his love? Will his best friend, Roy, be detrimental to the relationship Colin desires with Heather?

Colin & Roy are "blood brothers". Colin's girlfriend is Heather Litshitz. Roy Borden says girls are more interested in him & violence. He bullies Colin on attacking a "passenger" train but Colin cannot help him. Colin & Heather find Roy is adopt
One of Koontz's most underrated novels. Roy and Colin are two unlikely friends; Colin is a shy and awkward bookworm, while Roy is the most popular kid in the down. Roy begins to confide in Colin and tells him his secrets, which Colin takes as jokes - but they might not be jokes at all.

Originally published under the pen name Brian Coffey in 1980, The Voice of The Night received almost no attention and I really don't know why. Scary, psychological, chilling and realistic, it will touch the soul of
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
A story of 14 year old boys that start off as friends who turn against each other. Not my cup of tea, but I guess the writing is okay. 3 of 10 stars
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
Jeez! I've read this book four times and it's a real popper!

The Voice of the Night, told in simplistic form, is a coming of age story. Young teenagers Roy and Colin, strike up an unusual friendship. The Voice of the Night explores how our past experiences, family relationships and relationship with our peers shape our lives & influence our decisions. Koontz highlights his classic storytelling with a mix of Horror & a love of Science Fiction.

Favorite Passages:

To Colin, who was a science-fiction
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book changed me, in it's own way. It's my first Dean Koontz, so I haven't got anything to compare it to. But, I must say, that this book, so far, is one of my favorites. Dean did a great job making the reader intreged trough the whole plot.
For me, it's almost always the first book, that I'm going to compare other, this author's books to. I know, I should've started with the first book Dean ever wrote, and read them chronicly, but, while sitting in the library, waiting for my friends, looki
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
I have read quite a few Dean Koontz books but this is the first one I did not really like. There was plenty of horror and suspense but the story never really grabbed me and the characters were more irritating than anything else. I could not believe in Roy at all, nor could I believe that Colin could turn around his own character in such a short space of time and go from being scared of his own shadow to planning and carrying out the events of the final scene. Oh well, there has to be the occasio ...more
Richard Wilson
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who has 'grown up' in a world of wonder and horror.
This book was originally published by Brian Coffey in the summer of 1981 and I have had it since then and I have no idea why i never read it before!!

I love, love LOVE 'coming of age stories' especially if they take place in a horror novel, and this is one of the best I have read in a LONG time. It however is not as good as McCammon's 'Boys Life' but it is a damn close second. It takes place in a small beach town of Santa Leona in California, which I think is fictional as I live in California and
Monica Go
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
3.5 It was enjoyable and fast-paced.

Written very simply, I was able to fly through it; not too mention I was intrigued to know when Colin would realize the truth. About this, it got a little repetitive at the beginning.

I really liked how the night was almost represented as another character and its voice beautifully described more than once. I hated instead, the way Colin's mom acted when he was in need, she was a total bitch, I couldn't believe it; I wanted to smash her face. But at least in t
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize that I had read this book many years ago when it was published under the name Brian Coffey. A few years ago I bought it when it was released on kindle under the name Dean Koontz. As I finally got around to reading it, bits and pieces came back to me.

Anyway, Colin is a shy and quiet, friendless, boy who loves to read and watch movies. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother who is almost never home and does not seem to have much if any time for him.

He strikes up a f
Dave Edmunds
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars out of 5. This book was great. A fantastic coming of age tale that centres around two unlikely friends. One a shy, unassuming geek and the other a handsome, strapping jock....who has some pretty sinister goings on in that warped head of his.

The two main characters are fantastically done and this leads to some pretty intense scenes developing between them. There's one scene in a junkyard, which is just edge of your seat stuff. Koontz always does them parts well.

That's as much as I'm goi
Clarence Reed
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
ReedIII Quick Review: Early, simple, easy to read Dean Koontz (Brian Coffey) yet still enjoyable. Nice coming of age tale with good “revelations.” Lots of dialog, maybe too much.
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not one of my fav Koontz novels. I had a hard time finding parts believable. Colin was too naive and Roy wasn't evil enough.
Josh Barnett
You can read this review and others at my book blog site,

To start this off, this is a really hard book to summarize the plot without giving away half of the plot. My description will be very vague, I apologize but I don’t want to give away most of the plot.

Colin just moved to Santa Leona about two months before the story takes place. He becomes best friends with Roy. When Roy starts asking and about death and rape, he doesn’t know what to do. He doesn’t want to bel
Jun 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller
2.5 stars
Nothing to really say about this book.
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been handed my Mother's collection of King and Koontz, so this book is not new, but I am only reading this now. This book starts off at a decent pace, filling the reader in on the background of the important twists in the plot and connecting the reader with the main characters. The empathy for Colin is ok, but I feel it lacked some type of emotional connection to me as a reader. I am not sure whether the author wanted me to feel empathy toward Roy, but Roy felt a little bit empty to me. I ...more
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
I enjoyed this book, Does that make me a little psychotic?? I don't know i have been thinking about this after reading something Roy said to Colin. Anyways apart from my behavior. Book was awesome. This book is about Psycho in making... It was scary.. oh yeas it was scary.

Roy was seriously smart and adorable crazy and Colin is geek and innocent and stupid. Wow what a read. I read Dean Koontz's Door to December long time back and loved it but after that din't like anything much. Roy's mom was a
Jul 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
This was written in 1980, under the pseudonym Brian Coffey, and as such it appears to me to be an early stab at the horror genre. A relatively short book with a fairly circumscribed plot involving a budding psychopath and a shy kid who has trouble fitting in who sees the former as a hero is not an unusual device. Some of the passages seem to be familiar in his later works, but in all the whole thing seemed predictable and trite. Well, I gotta give Mr. Koontz his due, since it WAS an early work. ...more
May 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shastina (Sassy) Henderson
I'm really not sure how to rate this book.

This book really was great. Roy being the kid that knew how to manipulate someone weak like Colin. A few times I almost expected a supernatural element to come through, but one never did. "The game." pushing Colin to be what he never thought be could be. I seriously thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Until the end.
It got cut off, without really explaining how it ended. Personally, I wanted Colin to shoot Roy, let him die and show everyone why. I might
Cassie Journeay
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
My first Dean Koontz novel and I am genuinely disappointed. I was enjoying the ride until about halfway through the novel when it started to become a bore. There didn't seem to be much of a climax and I didn't realize I had reached the climax until I finished the book. The writing style left a lot to be desired, though the character development was definitely there. All I heard about Koontz was accurate, basically just a bad Stephen King.
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
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Tara Kable
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dean-koontz
Loved it! Im a sucker for a creepy kid story!
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this interesting book. I always enjoyed mystery/thriller books like The Girl on The Train and it didn't disappoint. Once I got into the book it was incredibly hard to put down. I didn't want to stop reading it for days. The killer in the book is disgusting and brutal yet very smart about getting away with his crimes in an incredibly intriguing and almost beautiful way. He views his killings almost as an art and I enjoyed seeing this dark persona with a very high intellect interact ...more
An oldie but goodie! Felt like deja-vu because I think I read this in High School. Nevertheless, it was still a good read and reminded me that Mr. Koontz was one of the first authors to introduce me to the horror genre. It has since been my favorite genre to read and he has remained one of my all time favorite authors.
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