The Darkest Evening of the Year
by Dean Koontz
Bantam Dell, New York, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-553-58912-2
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 she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.
No one is surprised when Amy risks her life to save Nickie, nor when she takes the female golden into her home. The bond between Amy and Nickie is immediate and uncanny. Even her two other goldens, Fred and Ethel, recognize Nickie as special, a natural alpha. But the instant joy Nickie brings is shadowed by a series of eerie incidents. An ominous stranger. A mysterious home invasion. And the unmistakable sense that someone is watching Amy's every move and that, whoever it is, he's not alone.
Someone has come back to turn Amy into the desperate, hunted creature she's always been there to save. But now there's no one to save Amy and those she loves. From its breathtaking opening scene to its shocking climax, The Darkest Evening of the Year is Dean Koontz at his finest, a transcendent thriller certain to have readers turning pages until dawn.
"Compulsively readable... With a magician's expertise, Dean Koontz sets his multiple story lines spinning." - Boston Globe
"[A] top-notch thriller... with unabashed emotion and wit... This is the perfect book for thriller addicts who know the darkest hour is just before dawn, and for canine lovers." - Publishers Weekly
"A kind of Silence of the Lambs meets Marley & Me, Koontz's latest novel should win him new readers with its insights into the power and mystery of the human-animal bond. But longtime fans of the author's disturbing imagination - and his gift for edge-of-your-seat storytelling – won't be disappointed." - Josh Emmons, People Magazine's Critics Choice