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The Face

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  18,403 Ratings  ·  590 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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John Pirillo If you like his other works, you'll probably like this, but his newer books are have much more heart I think and a stronger spiritual bent.
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Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
"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
Jan 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
** Second Read Febrary 1, 2016 - Koontz group **
The 6 black boxes found and mentioned in the plot contain: Corky's ladybugs, snails, foreskins, scrabble tiles, guide dog book and Fric's "the eye in the apple".

** First Read September 1, 2015 **
The theme is a boy, "Fric" Manheim (10) being chased/haunted by a sick killer/kidnapper, Vladimir "Corky" Laputa, with Ethan Truman (x-cop) & Hazard Yancy (homicide) protecting "Fric" in his Bel-Air home. (I was surprised to Fric's rich dad, Channing w
Sarah Anne
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, author-man
This is one of my favorite Koontz books and I'm glad I took the time to squeeze it in right now. It's also one of the ones that is an example of how often his books are misshelved! He hardly ever writes horror these days and his books are more often a blend of the fantasy/mystery that he writes in this one.

We have a series of mysterious happenings in this one, from Ethan experiencing his own death, to somebody who pulls himself out of mirrors, to a body that goes missing at the morgue. But benea
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
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 09, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alex Mortensen
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dean-koontz, 2009
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
Dec 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Bill Khaemba
Will finish it later
This book is a long and boring saga of an unbelievable villain trying to kidnap a stupid and irritating child for no reason and a guardian angel who is pulled into the picture, again for no reason, and a security guard who tries to save the situation. in addition to the lack of plot motivation or anything else, this book is very badly researched and shows a false depiction of life and politics.

For a start, anarchism. Really Koontz, it takes five minutes to look it up on Wikipedia. It is many thi
Feb 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Dawn Torres
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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)
Sep 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Koontz novel I ever read and I still hold it as one of my favorites! What a crazy tale! You gotta love the supernatural!
Jul 16, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I will give this 3.5 stars.

The main story line is crazy man seeks to kidnap/torture/kill child of the most famous male actor. The story takes place in a 3 day period leading up to Christmas. Chapters are short, which I like. You get many viewpoints, some more expected than others. I enjoyed it, but for me, some of it could have been streamlined for a shorter story and been good. This is not a horror story, but more of a thriller. It also makes you think people, that are stranger than fiction, co
Scott Kinkade
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Harrowing and suspenseful that brought all the story lines to a satisfying conclusion. Love Dean Koontz.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
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Patrik Sahlstrøm
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, first the bad things. Koontz writes badly, he is much to pompous and fixated on irrelevant details, this book ends up being pretty good though, saved by an excellent plot and a solid ending. Best book I have read by Koontz, though he still is far from my favorite author...
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bimmin' brilliant... A well crafted story that is satisfyingly written - a real page-turner, impossible to stop reading until you get to the end. Dean Koontz at his best!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must listen to this one again! The human condition is evident throughout, and a Christian morality tale is woven into this story of Hollywood love/hate that makes you laugh and could scare the crap out of you.

I had to listen a second time to convince myself that it deserved the fifth star. I was not disappointed.
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