The Key to Midnight Author:Dean Koontz Joanna Rand left America almost ten years ago to become a singer in a Japanese nightclub. Still, she can never escape the strange dream that has haunted her night after night: a single, disturbing image of a man with steel fingers, reaching for a hypodermic syringe. When she awakens, she feels violated, used--and terrified. Alex Hunter desperate... more »ly wants to help this beautiful, fascinating woman. He knows he has seen Joanna before--in news photographs--a senator's daughter who disappeared ten years ago. Slowly, tenderly, he helps awaken her to a terrifying fact, that she is not who she thinks she is... that her mind, her memories, have been created for her... Now there is only one way to unlock the dark secret of her soul... the key to midnight.« less
Unpredictable and tense, Koontz' first "stab at an action-suspense romance novel with a background of international intrigue" is a page-turner. Even when you suspect you might be able to predict what's happening, Koontz ensures you'll never figure out the whole of it.
Cautionary note for sensitive readers: a rape scene is described; even without the detail found in other books, it is disturbing.
The afterword in the 1995 edition (released under Koontz, not the pseudonym Leigh Nichols) provides a short, humorous look at the author's thoughts of himself and is a delightful way to finish.