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Tick Tock (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Tick Tock - Audio Cassette - Abridged
Author: Dean Koontz, B.D. Wong (Narrator)
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ISBN-13: 9780679452676
ISBN-10: 0679452672
Publication Date: 3/18/1997
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 27 ratings
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 4
The story centers around a Vietnamese author named Tommy Phan who writes detective novels. One night, Tommy receives a strange package on his porch. When he opens it, Tommy discovers that it is a rag doll. Unfortunately, things start to become deadly serious rather quickly. There is an evil demon inside the doll that breaks out and is obsessed with killing Tommy. Not only is the demon a deadly one, but it is also highly intelligent as well. It managed to leave Tommy a note on his computer that comprised of "The deadline is dawn. Tick tock... Tick tock". Now Tommy not only has to survive the night without being killed, but he also has to solve the mystery of who sent the demon to him and why they want him dead.

Over the years I have read most of Koontz's books. However, Tick Tock was always a book that I put off reading. The premise sounded like a rip off of the film "Child's Play", and I had heard some bad feedback on the book from certain people who had read the book. I finally decided to put my skepticism aside, and give Tick Tock a chance. I am so glad that I did, because it is seriously one of the best books that I have read in awhile, and that is just not limiting the criteria to Dean Koontz novels either. I am talking overall, and I read a lot of books. The book manages to hook you in from the first page and keeps you there until the very end. The suspense that this book brings is so intense, that it is almost unreal.

However, although the demon may be scary and the suspense is almost overwhelming at times, the book's real appeal comes from Koontz's character development. Tommy Phan is one of my favorite Koontz characters. Koontz portrays Tommy as a man who is constantly fighting against his heritage to become more American, and it is his battle against those beliefs that makes his war with the demon harder. Koontz also manages to create one of the best female leads he has ever written as well. Along the way, Tommy meets and eventually falls for a woman named Deliverance Payne who joins him in the fight against the demon no questions asked. Del's different philosophies on life, her twisted sense of humor, and her wild past make Del an extremely interesting and likeable character. The relationship that develops between Del and Tommy is one of Koontz's more enjoyable ones. It truly brings a new meaning to the phrase "opposites attract".

Overall, Tick Tock is now one of my favorite Koontz books. This book showcases Koontz's character development at its best, and supplies a perfect mixture of horror, suspense, humor, and romance.
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Not Koontz usual writing style in my opinion, there is not much "depth" to the story. One of the funniest things he's ever written though! I laughed ALOT..very fun book to read! Worth an evening in front of the fireplace, yaya.
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Very odd book. So odd it's intertaining.
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As printed on book cover:
Thirty-year-old detective novelist Tommy Phan has just become the proud owner of a bright aqua Corvetter. But as he drives his new purchase home on a balmy California day, he is suddenly seized by a teeth-chattering chill and the feeling that he is being followed by something sinister. When Tommy arrives home, a mysyerious rag doll-with crossed stitches for eyes and mouth, and one over its heart-is sitting on his doorstep.
Tommy takes the doll inside. That evening, he is horrified when its fabric rips open, revealing a beating heart and a blinking green eye. It evolves into a hulking, formidable creature bent on destroying him. On Tommy's computer screen, it writes, 'THE DEADLINE IS DAWN.' With his new friend Del, a beautiful, strangely intuitive blonde, Tommy frantically flees. He must discover what this fierce enemy is and why it's pursuing him...before his very life ticktocks away.
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A little lighter fare than most of Koontz' work, but still an enjoyable read.
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A quick and fun read. Laugh out loud horror(?) best describes this book.
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Ugh, I couldn't stand this book. I really had to choke it down. It was so WTH crazy I felt dumb reading it. A little voodoo doll running around and trying to kill the characters - really? I'm sorry, but I couldn't get into this book but I made myself finish it anyway. If this is the first Koontz book you pick up, please don't think this is his norm.
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As an avid reader of all the Koontz novels, I thought I knew what to expect, but he "got me" once again! As always, Mr.Koontz does a wonderful job of character development, with a fast paced and suspenseful plot. The closer I got to the end of this book, the more I felt like a joke had been played on me, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! After "Intensity" I felt as if I had been through a grist mill...after "Tick Tock" I felt as if I had been through an amusement park ride and was still grinning.
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C'mon how could you not love a book about a Voodoo doll that goes rogue and chases a man around town trying to kill him. There are scary moments in this story, but sometimes it is funny how the doll acts and what is done by the man in response to it. Then of course there is also the love story that develops and no not with the doll and the man.
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Get so tired of books that are nothing but descriptions!

When it takes 4-6 pages to describe a car accident? too much for me.

Story would've been much better if chapters were short and to the point instead of trying to put a funny or cute spin on the dialogue all the way through
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Well, I looked in the postings to see what was said in the "details" tab - nothing! This book hasn't been posted in any binding by anyone!

I'll give you a little synopsis of the plot ---

Tommy Phang (OH!!! The narrator of this on is B.D.Wong, the psychiatrist of Law & Order fame) a Vietnames immigrant is trying to escape a home-brewed spell that has gone amok. The story races through a terror-filled night as Tommy and his new friend, Deliverance Payne, try to outsmart a demon bent on murder.

I think the best thing about this audio is B.D. Wong's expert narration! He gives you subtle tempo variations, fluctuations in tone and volume. He manages to keep you riveted to the story as trhe plot unfolds, and carries you on to the conclusion better than any recent "reader" I have listened to.

If you are expecting another Koontz Horror-fest, hold on. This one has comical sprinkles all over it. Something new and different for ol' Koontzy.

I really enjoyed this audi, I think and hope you will as well. Hey, it's not like you're paying the normal $39.95 to listen to it.
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I'm not a great fan of Koontz and this book turned out to be not to my liking. It starts off great, I settled in for a good scary ride. BUT..... it turned into a comedy-horror story. Not my cup of tea at all.

If you want a good book for a teen or feel like some light reading (I read the book in 3 hours) then this one is for you.

Worth a read if you aren't looking for a fright, it is entertaining in an off-beat spoofy type of way.
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Great book. Funny, exciting, great characterization. I really enjoyed it.
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scary scary but really good.
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By far the worst book I have ever read. The end was so bad. I read it about five years ago and I still feel very passionate about how much I hate it.
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This is just an ok Dean Koontz book. There are a couple of good lines but it's not really scary.
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This book was hilarious.
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Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors but this book was not up to his usual standards. I read it when it was first released and recently decided to re-read it. The story had some scary moments and was a quick read but I really didn't care for the ending and thought it was dumb and kind of came out of nowhere.

Still, if you're a fan of his, it's not a horrible book and you will probably want to read it.
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This was a very quick read but full of suspense and humor. One of the funniest books I've ever read! Koontz keeps up the pace but also gives alot of laughs. Love it!
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I enjoyed this book it was fast paced and suspensful. It had great, likeable characters. There were some scary parts and then some funny parts. This is not one of Koont's better works but it was readable.
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Great book as all of Dean Koontz books are
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I've enjoyed several of Koontz' books, but somehow I couldn't finish this one. Not because it was badly written or anything like that. It started out simply, with a character like most of us, doing the best he can in an everyday life. But then the character walks into an episode straight from the heart of the supernatural, and I just couldn't face what might come---so I shut it and decided to let someone else deal with the scary stuff to come. So I'm a coward===Sue me!

From back cover: Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream in southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. It's a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside. That night, Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the doll's heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan's reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can't destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance--or by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screen: The deadline is dawn.
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by far the ODDEST book by koontz (and forgive me) not my favorite.
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Bought the audio tape. Decided to listen to it in my car on the way to work. It got to the point that I just wanted to sit in my car just to see what would happen next. Let a friend borrow it and she felt the same way. We both became Koontz fans after that. I consider this one of his best!
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Creepy, suspenseful, and with terrific twists!! I loved this book. It abridged by the author, Dean Koontz. It is 6 hours on 4 tapes, and is read by actor B.D. Wong.
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Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream in southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. It's a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside. That night, Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the doll's heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan's reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can't destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance--or by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screen: The deadline is dawn.

Ticktock

Time is running out.
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it was good and kind a wonder.....
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This is an enjoyable, typical Dean Koontz book.
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Good one, gave me nightmares for weeks...that stupid doll....main character is surprisingly relatable
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fast paced thriller,tommy phan unwittingly brings a curse into his home and discovers he will be dead by dawn if he can't stop it
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This book was one of the creepiest I have ever read. I loved it but also did not did not want to reread it because it scared me so much. Great writing by one of my favorite authors', Dean Koontz. My advice, don't read it alone in your house at night!
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This one was a fun book to read. Not perfect, but very very much fun. Del is a great character, as are her "parents". Great dialog in many places.
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On of my favorites by Koontz, the ending has quite a twist to it!
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From the inside of the book:
Tommy Phan is a thirty-year old Vietnamese-American detective novelist living in Southern California and a chaser of the American dream. He drives home his brand-new Corvette one day to discover a strange doll on his doorstep...
He brings it into the house. That night, he hears an odd little popping sound and looks up to see the crossed stitches breaking over the dolls heart. When he picks the doll up, he feels something pulsing in its chest. Another thread unravels to reveal a reptilian green eye - not a doll's eye, because it blinks. Tommy Phan pusues the thing as it scrambles away into his house - and then is pursued by it as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious minikin into a hulking and formidable opponent bent on killing him. THE DEADLINE IS DAWN, the creature types on Tommys computer screen, and in the hours that follow, with the help of a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets on the highway, Tommy frantically flees this fierce enemy, desperate to discover what this thing is and why it's pursuing him.
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Good occult/Mystery with Veitnamese flavor.
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If you like KOONTZ you gotta read this.
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very good
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Hard to get into, but turns into a great story.
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Thought the concept here was very interesting.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much.
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Good as usual with Koontz. Very fast read, quick paced. This book is paperback size with hardback cover(library binding?) Excellent shape with celophane cover.
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After finding a doll on his doorstep, things get weird and Tommy is fighting for his life. Koontz is always a little weird.
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Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream in southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. It's a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside. That night, Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the doll's heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan's reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can't destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance--or by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screen: The deadline is dawn.
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A "light" read...as light as Koontz ever gets.
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Fantastic! I couldn't put it down! Koontz at his best!
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It is a decent Koontz novel even though it tries to be a little too light-hearted at times. All in all, a good read.
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a great Dean Koontz book - if you are a fan you will love this book
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One of Koontz's best thrillers
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This book never made it to a hard copy book. Koontz wrote this novel after writting "Dark Rivers of the Heart", hence the lightheartedness and humor within this novel. Koontz was looking for relief from the darkness of his previous writtings. This story is a little unusual, not one of my favorite Koontz novels, but still a good read.......
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Tommy Phan,A Vietnamese-American detective in Southern California> He drives home one day to find a strange doll on his doorstep, covered entirely with white cloth, having no face, hair or clothes. Little more than a doll 'blank' with two crossed stitches where the eyes should be, five sets mark the mouth and two mark the heart. That night
he hears an odd popping sound and sees the crossed stitches breaking and revealed a reptilian green eye-not a doll's eye, because it blinks
then Tommy Phan pursues the thing as it scrambles away into his house---then he is pursued by it as it evolves into a terrifying opponent bent on killing him. "The deadline is dawn" the creature types on Tommy's computer screen---------(I enjoyed this book very much and recommend it to everyone who likes MYSTERY & SUSPENSE.)
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This is my very favorite of all Dean Koontz books. It's fun and quirky, and has the usual good mystery as well.
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Koontz is riviting in his ability to keep you reading and reading. i turned into a prune in the tub while i froze in the cold bath water- i just couldn't stop reading to get out!
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You'll find yourself laughing quite a bit through this one but it was still great. One of my favorites to reread.
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Scary Thriller, Koontz is the master of them, right up there with King.
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Another thriller for Dean Koontz. Very bizzar. Just reading it can turn your blood cold if your not careful.
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Tommy Phan is a thirty-year-old Vietnamese American detective novelist living in southern California, and a chaser of the American dream. He drives home his brand new Corvette one day to discover a strange doll on his doorstep. It's rather like a rag doll, but is covered entirely with white cloth, having no face or hair or clothes, little more than a doll blank. Where the eyes should be, there are two crossed stitches of black thread. Five sets of crossed black stitches mark the mouth, and another pair form an X over the heart.

He brings it into the house. That night, he hears an odd little popping sound and looks up to see the crossed stitches breaking over the doll's heart. When he picks the doll up, he feels something pulsing in it's chest. Another thread unravels to reveal a reptilian green eye--not a doll's eye, because it blinks. Tommy Phan pursues the thing as it scrambles away into his house--and then is pursued by it, as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious minikin into a hulking and formaidable opponent bent on killing him. THE DEADLINE IS DAWN, the creature types on Tommy's computer screen, and in the hours that follow, with the help of a beautiful, strangely, intuitive waitress he meets on the highway, Tommy frantically flees this fierce enemy, desperate to discover what this thing is and why it's pursuing him.
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Tommy Phan, a Vietnamese immigrant trying to escape a home-brewed spell run amok. The story races through a terror-filled night as Tommy and his new friend, Deliverance Payne, try to outsmart a demon bent on murder.
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I read it a couple of times it soo good. It is not what you think and it will not end how you expect, that is what makes this author the best out there. Even over KING
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this is a good book, rather sreepy. one of my favorite books by Koontz.
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As usual, a great Koontz book. Fastpaced, gripping, and satisfying!
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This book was so slow in the beginning I almost gave up. A new character was introduced and it bacame better. The ending will surprise you.
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I have read most of Koontz's work and have liked, if not LOVED all of them. This book I was especially excited to read because it seemed to deal with *actual* paranormal phenomena instead of the usual Koontz "make it look paranormal to throw the reader off" style. So it pains me to say that this is the ONLY Koontz book that I have absolutely HATED. It's been a few years so I don't remember any specifics about why I hated it, but I clearly remember utterly hating this book. Such a shame.
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Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream in southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. It's a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside. That night, Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the doll's heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan's reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can't destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chanceor by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many questions, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screen: The deadline is dawn.
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Started slow but then..
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Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream in southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. Its a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed back stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside. That night, Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the dolls heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phans reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy whereever he goes. Something that he can't destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance or by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many qestion, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screem,: The deadline is dawn.
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Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist, living the American Dream in Southern California. One evening he comes home to find a small rag doll on his doorstep. It's a simple doll, covered entirely in white cloth, with crossed black stitches for the eyes and mouth, and another pair forming an X over the heart. Curious, he brings it inside.
That night, Tommy hears an odd popping sound and looks up to see the stitches breaking over the doll's heart. And in minutes the fabric of Tommy Phan's reality will be torn apart. Something terrifying emerges from the pristine white cloth, something that will follow Tommy wherever he goes. Something that he can't destroy. It wants Tommy's life and he doesn't know why. He has only one ally, a beautiful, strangely intuitive waitress he meets by chance-or by a design far beyond his comprehension. He has too many question, no answers, and very little time. Because the vicious and demonically clever doll has left this warning on Tommy's computer screen:
THE DEADLINE IS DAWN.
TICKTOCK.
TIME IS RUNNING OUT.