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False Memory

A thriller that plays terrifying tricks with your mind…

By Dean Koontz

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A thriller that plays terrifying tricks with your mind

Martie Rhodes, a happily married, successful video games designer, takes an agoraphobic friend to therapy sessions twice a week. Each trip is a grim ordeal, but the experience has brought the two friends even closer together.

Then, one morning, Martie experiences a brief, irrational but disquieting fear of... her shadow. When autophobia - one of the rarest and most intriguing phobias known to psychology - is diagnosed, suddenly, radically her life changes, and her future looks dark.

Martie's husband, Dusty, loves her profoundly, and is desperate to understand the cause of her autophobia. But as he comes closer to the terrible truth, Dusty himself starts showing signs of a psychological disorder even more frightening than that afflicting Martie...

Biographical Notes

Dean Koontz is an international household name whose novels have sold many millions of copies worldwide and have appeared on national and international bestseller lists, selling millions of copies each year. He lives with his wife Gerda, their dog Anna and the enduring spirit of their dog Trixie in southern California.

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  • ISBN: 9781472248305
  • Publication date: 07 Sep 2017
  • Page count: 720
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`Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler` — The Times
PRAISE FOR FALSE MEMORY
`Koontz redefines suspense` — The Times
'A very readable, fairly ingenious and completely preposterous story' Mail On Sunday
`Koontz`s style bleaches out clichés while showing a genius for detail` — Publishers Weekly
'A compulsive nail-biter of a thriller-cum-love story that will satisfy Koontz's legion of fans' Caravan Magazine

GENERAL
`Not just a master of our darkest dreams but also a literary juggler` The Times

`Koontz`s art is making the reader believe the impossible... sit back and enjoy it` — Sunday Telegraph
`A master of the thriller genre` — Washington Post
`Koontz redefines suspense` The Times
`He combines rich, evocative prose, some of the warmest - and also some of the most despicable - characters to be found in fiction, technical speculations that seem to come directly from today`s headlines and a sense of on-the-edge-of-the-seat pacing to create thrillers that are not just convincing, but thought-provoking as well` — Mystery Scene
`Koontz`s style bleaches out clichés while showing a genius for detail` Publishers Weekly
`A moral fable for the turn of the millennium, an engagingly written, hugely entertaining parable for our times` — The Times
`Koontz`s art is making the reader believe the impossible... sit back and enjoy it` Sunday Telegraph
`A master of the thriller genre` Washington Post
`Fast and furious... like a hospital trolley on a toboggan run` — Mail on Sunday
`He combines rich, evocative prose, some of the warmest - and also some of the most despicable - characters to be found in fiction, technical speculations that seem to come directly from today`s headlines and a sense of on-the-edge-of-the-seat pacing to create thrillers that are not just convincing, but thought-provoking as well` Mystery Scene
`Koontz presents a unique fictional world well-grounded in convincing detail. Readers will be riveted to the narrative. Koontz`s familiar theme of life`s victims surviving the odds emerges here as forcefully as it does in SOLE SURVIVOR and INTENSITY, but Snow`s physical limitations give it a more dangerous and intriguing edge` — Publishers Weekly
`A moral fable for the turn of the millennium, an engagingly written, hugely entertaining parable for our times` The Times
Praise for FEAR NOTHING
`Fast and furious... like a hospital trolley on a toboggan run` Mail on Sunday
`Koontz presents a unique fictional world well-grounded in convincing detail. Readers will be riveted to the narrative. Koontz`s familiar theme of life`s victims surviving the odds emerges here as forcefully as it does in SOLE SURVIVOR and INTENSITY, but Snow`s physical limitations give it a more dangerous and intriguing edge` Publishers Weekly
`Plausibly chilling... Koontz at his best` Express on Sunday
`Koontz is working right where popular culture swells into something larger, just as it did for Homer, Shakespeare and Dickens. He`s got the gift` The Weekend Australian
`Koontz can really spook, and his dialogue and pacing rival the best` New York Post
Praise for SOLE SURVIVOR
`Masterfully styled, serious entertainment. These are Koontz`s great years` Kirkus Reviews
`Koontz has bridged the commercial gap between the occultism of Stephen King and the scientism of Michael Crichton` Publishers Weekly
`This is a book to keep you awake reading long into the night, but for once not afraid to turn out the light... Nice one, Mr Koontz` The Times
`A fast-paced read` Mail on Sunday
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