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The Darkest Evening of the Year
The Darkest Evening of the Year
Author: Dean Koontz
Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment sh...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553804829
ISBN-10: 0553804820
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 354
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 388 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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freakazoidP avatar reviewed The Darkest Evening of the Year on + 39 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
This book is truly a love story to Koontz's dog Trixie,who has passed.Mystery surrounds Amy,who is the founder of a Golden Rescue group.While this book is a bit thin on character development, since it is pretty much a 3 day slice of life, I will forgive.You never feel like you are missing anything,as the story moves so quickly.And above all, while this book may make you cry (if you care anything about dogs),it will leave you with a sense of hope and wonder.Which is exactly what he wants you to take from this experience.
GeniusJen avatar reviewed The Darkest Evening of the Year on + 7145 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I really loved this title, much more so than Mr. Koontz's last two releases, THE GOOD GUY and THE HUSBAND. Although this title follows in the same vein as regards to time (it only covers roughly 48-hours), it has characters who are easier to relate to and a chilling, supernatural-based storyline.

As the other reviewer mentions, it's a kind of memorial to Mr. Koontz's own Golden Retreiver, Trixie, who has passed away. In the book, a dog named Nickie is at the center of the story, along with the humans that she must protect.

This is an emotional thriller with some pretty messed-up bad guys, and if you like that type of story, you'll love this one, too!
reviewed The Darkest Evening of the Year on + 14 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I am not sure who gave the book a half a star here, but to me it was at least a 4. So good that I stayed awake to finish it all in one sitting. Dean Koontz is often called the Master of Suspense, and in this book he once again keeps you on your toes. The plot is slightly predictable, however his ability to make you laugh while dealing with the tragedy of human nature, make you smile while you are on one page and cringe when you are on the next,continues to make him one of my favorite authors. It isn't his best work. It isn't his most unique story either. But it is a sweet story of redemption and faith.
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Helpful Score: 5
When my wife bought this book for me for Christmas, I thought it was about a non-fictional dog rescue organization that found homes for mistreated golden retrievers. What a surprise, while it did have the dog rescue org as a part of the story, it was so much more. It is Koontz at his best. I have read all of his novels and must say that this one ranks up there at the top. Don't pass this one up. You won't be able to put it down.
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Helpful Score: 4
I totally agree with AnitaC. I've been a big fan of Koontz for years now, but this one just didn't do it for me. I'll finish it, but only because it's the last book on my shelf right now; it certainly isn't because I'm enjoying it. Don't know how many times I've laid it down in frustration because of his penchant for paragraph after paragraph of rambling that goes no-where.
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reviewed The Darkest Evening of the Year on + 27 more book reviews
Great reading! Koontz has outdone himself. Characters are crazy & incredable. I am a dog lover, and he brings Nickie (a very good dog) into the storyline in wonderful ways. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a Koontz reader as I am. It shows how magical and intertwined...and even cruel and bizare... this world can be. Loved it.
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When Amy Redwing rescues Nickie, a beautiful golden retriever, and takes her into her own home, it is clear that Nickie is a special animal. It also becomes clear that Amy has a past that is coming back to haunt her.

Not as horrifying as Koontz's other works, this book manages to be suspenseful while weaving a sweet tale of a woman and her love of dogs. Golden retrievers to be specific.
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Oh, this was a very sweet book. I haven't read any of Koontz's novels recently, but this one struck me as very nice, much more wholesome than I remember his earlier books being. I loved that it was mostly about dogs - though it was a little sad that it was only Golden Retrievers - though it did make me think of Hannah. All in all, I really loved it. It made me teary-eyed, but still happy. From what I recall of his other books, I think I have enjoyed this one the most.


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