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From the Corner of His Eye

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  29,700 ratings  ·  1,284 reviews
His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy.
He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams.
His story will change the way you see the world.
On the heels of his #1 bestseller False Memory, Dean Koontz brings together his most compelling themes and an unforgettable cast of characters to create what is perhaps the most thrilling and emotionally powerful work of his crit
Paperback, 729 pages
Published November 20th 2001 by Bantam (first published December 7th 2000)
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Mar 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody.
Massive, massive, MASSIVE disappointment.
Obvious spoilers ahead.

The premise for this book is amazing; a boy named Bartholomew loses his sight at the age of three, when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from fast spreading cancer, and then, though eyeless, regains it at the age of thirteen.
Thinking that it could be a fun, fast paced daredevil-like story, with quantum theory involved, I was setting my hopes high. Boy, was I let down.

When a reader opens the book he reads how Barty loses his sigh
Lisa Vitchers
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
MY VERY FAVORITE KOONTZ WORK OF ALL TIME!!! (I would also like to note that it is his favorite accomplishment as well.) This book was recommended to me when I was 17 by my husband to-be and was the first Dean Koontz book I ever read. It is the PERFECT example of his superiority to other authors of his time and made me an absolute obsessed fan. I then became a collector and this is what started it all. It is a complex tale of vivid characters and includes every emotion you could think of while in ...more
Diane Wallace
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Ok read! intriguing and twisted but a little rushed with the storyline (paperback!)
William Dalphin
Sep 05, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NOBODY. NOBODY AT ALL.
Alright, I went on a "Koontz binge" last spring, and of all the stuff of his that I read, From The Corner Of His Eye has got to be one of the WORST, most godawful pieces of "literature" (using the term loosely) that I've ever read.

I grew quite used to Koontz's style of writing... plastering excessive detail onto every description, taking five pages to detail the wallpaper on a house, etc. So when I read the jacket for FTCOHE and it said the story was about a boy who loses his sight and then rega
Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl
Each smallest act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. Likewise, each small meanness, each expression of hatred, each act of evil.
-THIS MOMENTOUS DAY, H.R. White (As created & mentioned by Dean Koontz in From the Corner of His E
Nov 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody. Doen't waste your time. Seriously.
I guess I would give this a 1.5 if I could. It's readable but you kind of regret spending the time on this. Maybe if it was half the size it wouldn't have pissed me off - but 768 pages? And I felt like it was doing some preachy religious allegory crap at me. What the hell is your point with this book Dean Koontz?

I feel like there were huge holes in the plot on this one and it was just the weakest thing I had read by him. There really wasn't the pay off you want when you get to the end either. A
Mar 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
Favorite Quotes

She lived for others, her heart tuned to their anguish and their needs.

His blue eyes were seas where sorrow sailed.

Not one day in anyone’s life is an uneventful day, no day without profound meaning, no matter how dull and boring it might seem, no matter whether you are a seamstress or a queen, a shoeshine boy, or a movie star, a renowned philosopher or a Down’s-syndrome child. Because in every day of your life, there are opportunities to perform little kindnesses for others, both
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
NOTE: I am a HUGE Dean Koontz fan, but I'm also objective. Within the horror/suspense genre, Koontz generally writes two types of novels: 'government conspiracies', or 'madman chasing an innocent man/child/woman/dog/couple/ all of the above.' The gov't ones are fine, as a matter of fact, it was "Strangers" that got me hooked on DK. But there's only so much you can do with 'black ops' and 'the government within the government.'

While "From the Corner of His Eye" DOES have a madman chasing innocent
Jim C
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

In this novel, we have three different stories that will eventually come together. The first one is about Agnes and her husband. They are expecting their first child when tragedy hits this couple. The second story is about Junior who is out with his wife and is content with his life. The third is about a teenager who was raped and never told anyone about this crime. She is pregnant from this incident.

This was a difficult novel to rate. I loved the characters and I defi
Mark Tilbury
This is the second time I've read this book. The first time being about 15 years ago. I remember it being a good read but it was even better this time. Koontz's writing style, dark humour and excellent descriptive passages are a joy to read. The characters are a varied mix that combine well together.

The story combines two different threads that are interwoven in a way that avoids confusion and makes you wonder how they are connected. The character Enoch (Junior) Cain is one of the best character
Jul 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hard-copy
In a Dean Koontz book, if there's someone he describes as particularly good, gracious, or appealing; you can be sure that something very bad is about to happen to them.

There's plenty of that in this book, which tells a number of stories, all tied together by the actions of the villain. There are good number of biblical references, with most characters having a biblical corollary; especially Bartholomew, one of the heroes of the story, who has as his namesake one of the lesser known Apostles.

In t
Janet Forster
Nov 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this Koontz book. Yes, it got a bit overly sentimental at times, but on the whole I preferred it to some of the other Koontz books I've read lately, which have been hugely formulaic and so very predictable! I enjoyed the multiple universe aspects (not sure how a few of the explanations would go with real scientists, but I'm not one of them, so no problem there) and the twists and turns. I thought Enoch Cain one of his more interesting villains. Of course, if you don't enjoy dram ...more
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
You ever wonder where Koontz comes up with these stories? Most of them are brilliant, engaging plots with lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. Some of them are plain strange and make you wonder what he was smoking when he sat down that day...and why he wasn't sharing.

This book had the benefit of being both brilliant in many ways, and of being one of the stories that makes you scratch your head and wonder.

I loved the separate yet slowly intertwining stories of all the
Mike (the Paladin)
A good example of what some are calling the "new Koontz". Maybe, I know I like this book. There are several of his more recent offerings that I have really enjoyed and this is one.

Also he has one of his more "interesting" villains here. I can't say anymore without giving a spoiler, but this is one of those horrible yet laughable evil killers. You can't laugh at the evil bloody acts, but the interesting "mental gymnastics" of this guy are well done.

Koontz moves into the realm of science fiction/
Mar 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baruch-hs-2009
From The Corner Of His Eye Bantam Books, 2000, 729pp., $7.99

Dean Koontz ISBN 0553582747

Imagine being in labor, with your husband lying dead beside you. “Urgency gripped the paramedics. The rescuers’ equipment and the pieces of car door were dragged out of the way to make a path for a gurney, its wheels clattering across pavement littered with debris.” You don’t know if your kid has survived the accident or if he will be as normal as all the others. As you look out from the back of the ambulance
Renee Gwinn
Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
The beginning was shocking and twisted.... which I loved. But then the story got bloated and complicated and at the end died a quick death (fortunately). Why did the author spend all that time (and pages) developing the evil Enoch Cain only to have him evaporate in one sentence!? And in the beginning the reader was subjected to painfully articulate hour by hour, day by day accounts of 3 story lines. Then at the end it was rushed to decades by decades. This was truly a story I couldn't wait to fi ...more
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I am a huge Koontz fan but this just did not do it for me.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, horror
NYT Best Seller #1 - 01/14/2001 (

March 2019 Group Read
Barty (Bartholomew) - eyes removed at 3 for cancer, yet able to see at 13.
Enoch Cain Jr. - in comma after his wife’s fall, Jr. saying “Bartholomew” a name he does not know.
Detective Vanadium, by his side always looking for clues as him being the murderer, finds with his dead wife’s diary, reading to wake him/to break him.
Oct 2015 Review
The major themes are chases versus emotions. Junior Cain (Enoch) has pushed and
The Face of Your Father
I've been lied to a lot..

Every once in a while, Koontz comes to me while I'm sleeping and whispers into my ear: "Hey baby" and I respond "No, not again. Not tonight, I have a headache." He starts the sweet talk: "But baby, do you remember Twilight Eyes and Voice of the Night?" and I go "Yeah, those were great, I love those but you've hurt me too many times." Koontz then, while brushing the hair from his eyes, says: "Not this time.." "Really?" I say hopefully "This one is good?" And he seductive
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed by this one. Koontz's initial idea was brilliant, and I love the quality of his prose. I enjoy the way he writes because it's so vivid and detailed; at his best moments he paints with words. However, at his worse moments he comes up with great ideas but does nothing with them. Ultimately, he does not achieve an interesting narrative with this book. I liked the characters for the most part but the story was just kind of lame to me. I found the villain disgusting but not necessa ...more
Lili  Marcus
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mixed thoughts... review later.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
That Dean Koontz is an amazing writer of supernatural stories is a known fact. What makes this book special is the mix of several themes that work in superb harmony - a psychotic killer, quantum physics and faith. I've always wondered about parallel universes and in this book, the author has tried to put a structure to it through the theories of Thomas Vanadium and the abilities of Bartholomew, Angel and Mary.

Koontz uses Enoch Cain's obsessed journey to find Bartholomew as a background to highl
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was one of the most unusual books that Dean Koontz has ever written and those who read and follow his works can attest that he has written some very unusual ones in the past. It's filled with evil, love, mysticism, and above all...hope. There are lots and lots of characters and it spans at least three generations. The two characters that really carry the story are Bartholomew and Angel...who were born on the same day...born surrounded by death...and an entire continent apart. ...more
Diane Lynch
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Sep 18, 2011 rated it liked it

From the Corner of His Eye

by Dean Koontz

Bantam, 729 pages, paperback, 2001; reissue of a book
originally published in 2001

Dean Koontz is probably, right now, the most underestimated
writer at work in the field of fantastic literature. The reasons
are not hard to fathom. Unlike most authors, who go through the
learning process before they ever see print, Koontz had the
misfortune — although of course it must have seemed far from
that to him at the time — to find publishers for his early,
clumsy attempts
Aamena Seedat
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gloria Piper
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
JC could stand for Jesus Christ, and one might get that impression at the novel’s beginning. We think we sense a sweetness in Junior Cain’s character, until it takes an unexpected turn.

Junior Cain isn't a religious man. Instead he bases his life on a particular set of volumes, a particular philosophy. We are treated to his attempts to follow this philosophy throughout his adventures. He is a man on a quest for self perfection while believing that life is for pleasure, ungoverned by the concept o
Jan 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Dean Koontz fans
Shelves: owned
Although I enjoyed this book, for the most part, it's got major flaws.

If you're familiar with Dean Koontz, you know that sometimes (well, most of the time), he overdoes it. Describes things in entirely too much detail, takes 5 pages to explain something that could be told in 3 paragraphs, etc. He does not sway from that in this book. In my opinion, it could have been cut by about 200 pages and still told the story just fine.

The story centers around 2 characters, mainly: a boy named Bartholomew,
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book kept me interested for some 750+ pages! Many absorbing main characters and even the secondary characters interesting and real. Most of the book involves a terribly arrogant, paranoid serial rapist/murderer. His delusions and more than that-his pure evil drive him towards what I think he sees as his survival. That survival, in his mind involves the death of someone named Bartholomew, who turns out to be a child. Dean Koontz must have really thought that this was the ultimate evil ...more
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