Book Title: The Neighbour
Author: Dean Koontz
Publication Date: June 5th 2014
Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, Short Stories, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: eBook
Goodreads: An original short story from No.1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz. A prequel to THE CITY, his gripping and moving new novel. Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbour… The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other’s best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents’ unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbour takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.
My Review: As a prequel to the full length novel The City, this short story of 38 pages is a great read and just another reason to add to the mix of why I enjoy Dean Koontz’s novels so much. I can’t believe so much happened in such a short read. Boy, Koontz really does know how to write, always has and always will … his talent never falters.
Told through the eyes of 12 year old Malcolm Pomerantz, the reader gets to witness his adoring relationship with his sister and their strained relationship with their parents, which really digs deep and you find yourself, as a reader, really feeling for them – they are given a heartfelt depth that really sticks.
The overall premise of the novel is creepy and with a scary, perverted ghostly possession, I would suggest to either read this during the day or with the light on at night!!!
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