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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  21,525 Ratings  ·  451 Reviews
Strange deaths have occurred in picturesque Moonlight Cove, an idyllic northern California coastal town--"the edge of paradise" to some but increasingly the edge of sheer terror fr others. Certain residents harbor a secret so dark it could cost even more lives--in and beyond Moonlight Cove.

Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Unu

Hardcover, 383 pages
Published January 19th 1989 by G.P. Putman's Sons (first published January 1st 1989)
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James Love Honestly, Dean Koontz is tame in comparison to what I see on CNN. I didn't get into horror fiction until around 1987 when Stephen King's novel It came…moreHonestly, Dean Koontz is tame in comparison to what I see on CNN. I didn't get into horror fiction until around 1987 when Stephen King's novel It came out. But I do remember a lot of the girls in my high school class read lots of Dean Koontz, John Saul, Stephen King and V. C. Andrews.(less)
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Dec 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, paranormal, novel
Koontz, you did it again!


After my happy encounter of the great author Dean Koontz in the novel Phantoms (see my review of that one here.) (back then in 1992). I knew that I want to read more books by him.

My second novel was this one, Midnight. And I am glad to say that I chosen well.

By then, I still wasn't able to read on English yet, so that novel I read on Spanish then.

At that moment I didn't know much about which novels to choose from Dean Koo
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I unashamedly love this book. I can't even begin to count how many times i've read it. Despite being a classic horror novel, it's one of my warm blanket reads because it reminds me of the time when I was young and branching out into new genres. Dean Koontz was a library staple, I must have read his entire back catalogue. But the two that forever stayed with me were this one and Watchers. I bought both right after returning the library versions and I still have those same copies today. I won't te ...more
Matt Garcia
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is classic Koontz. Strong heroine/ female protagonist, super smart dog, sociopathic/megalomaniacal antagonist, science gone horribly wrong, a group of people have to save the day, blossoming romance between seemingly opposite characters, a small town, California setting and a good yet, corny ending lol.
The blending of horror and science fiction is superb. Koontz is so good at mixing the two genres with a dash of thriller/suspense to tie it all together.
The creatures that are in this book
Elli Jo
Jun 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interestin in suspense & sci-fi
This story grabbed my attention from the first three pages. As I read on, I found that all I wanted to do was keep my nose in the book. I have read a few of Koontz' other books, but none had captured me like this.

When I had gotten about half way through the book, beginning to understand what is going on here, I started thinking about it constantly. The book honestly scared me to the point of nightmares - but I would not put it down.

If you are into suspense, horror, and sci-fi I completely recomm
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
This was the February 2011 and April 2017 Group Read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz Group
I've read Midnight 3 times.

Midnight has never been one of my favorites, but it is a solid & intriguing story. I find many similarities between Midnight and Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Series - the ideas of control & improvements upon human conditions getting out of control.

A funny quote:
". . . . had so many corn-chip crumbs sprinkled across the front of her royal-blue sweater that she appeared to be
J.S. Bailey
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Koontz's better novels--totally creepy, and totally awesome. Plus, the afterword at the end made me giggle.

The reason this novel resonated so strongly with me is because I can identify with the residents of Moonlight Cove who were losing touch with their emotions. There was a time a few years ago when I suffered from extreme depression and anxiety. I was prescribed an antidepressant, and lo and behold, the depression went away!

But so did everything else. I felt no joy. No happines
Dec 26, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
The only Dean Koontz book I ever read. I don't remember a thing about this book, but I do remember that reading it turned me off of ever wanting to try another Dean Koontz book.
Mike (the Paladin)
I want to comment on this because I really didn't care for it, but my late wife loved this and some other Koontz books that I don't care for (at least as much). So in honer of her I gave it 3 stars recognizing that there will be people who like some of this writer's books while others don't. I note that many of the ones I don't care for both my wife and daughter like. But, I can't really build on that as my daughter and I liked The Taking, and my wife didn't...sigh. Go figure. All I can suggest ...more
Thomas Strömquist
One of my favorite of Koontz's. Again primarily for the beginning and first part of the story. Here, he again manages to tell a good sci-fi/horror mix without too much focus on tooth-achingly good protagonists and cliched bad guys. This one is very recommended.
Karen B.
Could humanity be "improved" if more like machines and devoid of emotions? That is the premise of the bad guy in this thriller. He is trying to convert the humans of Moonlight Cove. Standing against him are an FBI agent, disillusioned with life; a woman who came to Moonlight Cove, suspicious of her sister's death; a disabled veteran whose view of responsibility questions the values of Shaddack (the bad guy): an 11-year-old girl who has lost her parents due to the conversion and of course a lovab ...more
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moonlight Cove California and his population are suffering from inexplicable and horrific mutations!!!
Gruesome and mysterious shapes dart trough the night, leaving behind bloody tracks....

Then we have an undercover agent trying to overcame his personal demons, trapped desperately in the city... and while fleeing from unspeakable horrendously and malicious enemies he try to discover the reason to this nightmare....

Also a young girl that has seen too much, will be mercilessly haunted by her person
Patrick Kiernan
Warning this review contains spoilers

I read this book as part of a group read for the month of April, for the Koontzland group. I found this book really enjoyable, it's a typical Koontz book that mixes science fiction and horror with a hint of conspiracy theory fiction. If I was asked who would I recommend this book to it would be fans of the x files.
The book starts off with strange deaths, murders and suicides, but what's even stranger is the way in which the bodies are disposed of by the autho
Juancho Juanchito Books
Un libro con una historia super adictiva, el autor combina el terror y la ciencia ficción dándonos unas aterradoras creaturas, y una historia brutal.

Los personajes de Medianoche me parecieron excelentes, unos personajes que te van a hacer vivir y sentir la pérdida de alguien y la emoción de sobrevivir a aquella perdida.

Les recomiendo mucho este libro por su historias por sus personajes, por esas creaturas aterradoras, esas creaturas que solo quieren comer y matar.
Nov 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, re-read
Koontzland Group Read for April 2017 (second read)

Dr. Tom Shaddock's Moonhawk project creates "New People" to live for hundreds of years. "Regressives" are people not changing. If not converted they are killed.

(1) Janice Capshaw, killed while jogging on Moonlight Cove beach.
(2) Sam Booker(FBI) investigates Janice's & 11 other deaths. He finds all deaths are cremated.
(3) Chrissie Foster(11) escapes from parents, Alex/Sharon, ready to convert her to "New People".
(4) Tessa Lockland(filmmaker) -
Feb 08, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, horror
This is one of Dean Koontz's earlier novels and originally written in 1989. I was only 19 when I originally read it, boy, that makes me feel old! I'm reread it on unabridged audio recently. Despite its age it still holds up pretty well as a straight up horror novel where the citizens of a nice little town turn into horrifying blood-lusty creatures all thanks to a power-hungry geeky rich madman. Come to think of it, this is even scarier stuff in this day and age . . .

Anyway, I enjoyed it a lot an
Matt Barker
Feb 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another good read from Koontz. Grips you from the beginning and gets stranger and more intriguing from there.

Publisher's Summary

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this edge of paradise. Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

Tessa Lockland comes to town to probe her sister's seemingly unprompted suicide. Independent and clever, she meets up with Sam Booker, an underc
Feb 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This book grabbed my attention right from the beginning! The last really good book by Dean Koontz that I'd read is Watchers, and I loved that one. I just think it's incredible how one author can put so many different emotions into his books, to me, that's a good writer. There are times he's got you on the edge of your seat or biting your nails in horror, and times when he's got you laughing out loud.

I had read a lot of the reviews on Midnight and I see that some people loved it, others not so mu
Sep 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually do not care for the science fiction type, but this book was creepy and made me think about what really goes on out in the world. It is like a big brother feeling.

It has been awhile since I read this, but the main character is investigating weird happenings of a town. Meanwhile a little girl escapes her fate. They meet up eventually through this mass of events (so pay attention)and in the end the mystery is solved. It is not real, but it makes you think what about what people will do g
Jul 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is my favorite Koontz novel, although it's very close to Phantoms. I think this is a lesson in how a thriller should be written. Just a wonderful work.
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review contains spoilers. This novel by Dean Koontz sports a lot of Koontz's usual tropes. Among them are: the good-hearted protagonist that has experienced a loss, the angelic and unrealistically mature child, the unnecessary romance between main characters in the midst of mayhem, the remorseless mad scientist, the cute dog, and the easily predictable horror/sci-fi premise. Reading Koontz is too often like reading a screenplay for a March release Hollywood film--just very little complexity or s ...more
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another wonderful Koontz read.

I say this with most of my Koontz reads: my views are probably somewhat bias, considering how he is my favourite author. Oh, he is far from perfect. There are times when I have disliked (never hated, merely disliked) what he has written. But as a whole, he has rarely done me wrong. Thus, whenever I see a Koontz book I have yet to read I grab it. Such being the case with Midnight.

I’m not sure when or why, but as of late I’ve been noticing that Koontz’s o
Brian Taylor
May 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this book years ago. I liked it then and I still like it today. There are some things the author does extremely well (tension, building to an enjoyable climax). Others, like the 11-year-old girl who doesn't act anything like an 11-year-old girl, he doesn't do well. Still, an enjoyable read.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book three-and-a-half stars since it was better than average, but not something I'd go out of my way to recommend. But it's closer to four stars than three, so four it is.

For the most part Midnight is a pretty solid horror story. It was written in 1989, so the technology is almost laughably outdated - at least one of the computers is so high-tech that it can boot up without a floppy disk, other computers are described as being "upper end, hard-disk systems", and several
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jennifer Cooper
Jul 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty terrible. I didn't expect it to be a great piece of modern literature- I picked it up expecting something quick, fun, and brainless. Unfortunately, even though my expectations were low, they still weren't met. Meh.

Midnight Cove is a seemingly-idyllic community on the California coast. It's a lovely, close-knit town, which has benefitted financially and technologically from a local tech company. Of course, since this is a Dean Koontz novel, the company's founder is an evil megalom
Ryan Lieske
As I've stated in a previous review, I've never been a huge fan of Koontz. I've generally liked everything I've read by him, but there's never been anything that's truly blown me away. In 2017, I decided to do a Koontz binge, to see if I could remedy that.

From what I've gathered, "Midnight" is considered by many to be one of his best. And I can see why. It's a hell of a fun read.

My only qualms, and they're minor ones, are ones that I generally have with Koontz: the books was perhaps a little t
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Weird, weird, weird. Never will forget the part where one of the characters ends up bonding physically to his computer. Ick! My least favorite Koontz. Could be that I chose this to read for my 11th grade English class because my evil teacher wouldn't let me read White Fang by Jack London, which is much better, because he deemed it a children's book. So I picked this edgy, 'adult' book. Yes, I'm a little bitter.
I couldn't get into this book although I loved the 2 or 3 page afterward. I'm in a reading slump so this review is only as accurate as the frame of mind I am in today. Anyway, I think the story would have been better had it been a couple hundred pages shorter.

Lots of action, LOTS of detail, good vs.evil, smart dog, typical Koontz style. Not a bad thing, really.
I read this book when I was in my teens and loved it, what the hell was wrong with me?
Cody | codysbookshelf
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dean-koontz
Dean Koontz has done it again. He has defied my admittedly low expectations of his skills as a writer and given me a novel I genuinely enjoyed. Granted, this book came out in 1989, when the general consensus has it that ole Koontzy was a bit more consistent in publishing books worthy of, ahem, even being published.

As you can tell from the synopsis I posted above, Midnight is a novel about a small coastal town in California that is changing because of a technological breakthrough by local scient
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“Even as a child, she had preferred night to day, had enjoyed sitting out in the yard after sunset, under the star-speckled sky listening to frogs and crickets. Darkness soothed. It softened the sharp edges of the world, toned down the too-harsh colors. With the coming of twilight, the sky seemed to recede; the universe expanded. The night was bigger than the day, and in its realm, life seemed to have more possibilities.” 248 likes
“In this world only the paranoid survive.” 84 likes
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