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The Neighbor by Dean Koontz
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Jul 07, 2014

it was amazing

This short story - just 33 pages - is a prequel to The City, the author's latest novel. Since I haven't read the book yet (it's next on my list), I'm not sure how important it is to read this story, released as a Kindle single. But I do know it's excellent on its own.

It took less than half an hour to read, and yes, what takes place here makes me want to read more (which, I suppose, is one of the main reasons some authors have taken to writing these little ditties). Set in 1967, it's about 12-year-old Malcolm Pomerantz, a gifted musician, and his equally gifted older sister Amalia. Their home life is not a very happy one, and they rely on each other for comfort and companionship. Amalia, however, has earned a full scholarship to college and will be leaving the nest - and her brother - soon.

One night, Malcolm notices lights on in the house next door - a house that's stood empty since the owner, a former school teacher, passed away. When Malcolm learns that his sister also saw activity in the house, the two can't resist paying a visit to see what's going on. What they find is creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky. And isn't that great?
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July 7, 2014 – Started Reading
July 7, 2014 – Shelved
July 8, 2014 – Finished Reading

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