Best Dean Koontz Books

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Anyone who has read a Dean Koontz book will surely say he is a master at his work.

The Top Ten

1 Watchers

This was my first Koontz book. Just loved the story, characters, suspense. He writes the relationship between people and dogs like no other.

The first Koontz book I read and still my favorite.

Velocity and intensity should be after watchers #2 and #3. the only writer better than Koontz is Stephen king and they are neck n neck

My favorite of all his books...have read it many times. Movie was terrible; audio was good. If you love dogs, you will LOVE this book!

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2 Lightning

My personal favorite Koontz book. I've read it twice and I have encouraged others in my family to read it, and they all loved it as well

This is by far Koontz's best book. The twist and turns keeps you interested until the last page. I have read this book 3 times, and it is always the book I recommend to anyone wanting to start Koontz books.

The best book I have ever read. It is so unique and lovable

I loved this book. It is my newest favorite Koontz book and I have read quite a few!

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3 Midnight

Again... a perfect book to show the corruption in government and science. -

Stands out even among excellent books.

Could not put it down! Totally awesome!

My first Dean Koontz book, and by far the best. Its been my favorite book for four to five years. I recomend everyone to read it.

4 Winter Moon

The one that lead me into the wonderful world of Koontz. Might there be something in the forest, amidst the pines, beneath the winter moon, lurking and waiting to become?

Great read

5 Dragon Tears

Dragon tears was my first introduction to Koontz. Many years later and having read much of his work, the antagonist in this story is still my favorite.

Excellent read!

Really good book. One of his best.

The very best!

6 Hideaway

Dark disturbing book, at the same time filled with beauty & mystery.

The third Dean Koontz I've ever read and I'm not sorry at all. A great book. -

7 Phantoms

This is one of the few novels of Dean Koontz's that I've revisited over and over again. It made me look at shadows very carefully for a long time and to always turn off a dripping tap. I enjoy the plot and the characters very much.

I literally could not or would not put this book down. I was afraid to put it down - felt like I had to get through to the end to find out what was in the drain...

I read this when I was 13(probably a little young), it scared me so much that I didn't sleep that night. It was a while before I would go to the bathroom at night! I would turn out my lights and jump into bed, which eventually became mattress and box spring on the floor( there were things under the bed)! Dean Koontz was my boogieman.

The first novel I have read. And Dean Koontz catches my attention. He touches My heart. This book is very sentimental and historic to my life

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8 Tick Tock

This book is awesome! Read it for yourself because its really hard to explain. -

I was actually sad when I finished it because I wanted to know what was going to happen to the lovable characters

By far one of my favorite books of all time. It has so much suspense that you won't want to put the book down until you have finished it. Great read!

The only Koontz book I'm not a big fan of... surprised it's ranked this high.

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9 Intensity

I chose to read this book for an assignment in high school. It was the first book that I ever read... it made me fall in love with reading. Definitely intense!

Intensity, in my opinion, is the touchstone by which all suspense thrillers should be measured. It is one of the rare books that never gets boring even during the middle of the book. It starts off in high gear, climbs into overdrive in the middle, and by the end, it is nothing short of pure nitro! It is a true masterpiece.

My daughter asked me to recommend a gripping book because she was bored with what she had been reading. She then yelled at me because she said she couldn't read this one at night. Laugh out loud It's that good. Following this gal as she travels right along with the killer had me looking over my shoulder the entire time I read this book. Such an excellent idea for a story but man, it scared the heck outta me at the same time.

This is the first Dean Koontz book I have ever read and since then I never lost interest with his works. You can feel you adrenaline rushing through your veins as the story unfolds. The emotional roller is balanced with intellectual and psychological journey of the main character, rooting the deep courage Chyna manifested. Truly a hard-gripping books and one of the best!

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10 From the Corner of His Eye

First book I read by Koontz, then I was hooked! I have read many more of his books since then, but this one is still my favorite.

Love this book yes I cried yes I am in awe

I have so many Dean Koontz favorites, and this one tops the list! I laughed, I cried, and was struck dumb in awe. The only fault I could find with this book was that it wasn't longer...

I have read a lot of Dean Koontz novels, many twice. This book however, is by far my favorite. The way he describes his characters and their emotions it makes you feel like you are part of the book and can't put it down. My recommendation is just read it!

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11 Odd Thomas

Loved the protagonist -read the full series. One of my all time favorite series

Got bored and quit. Watchers is still my #1, Lightning #2

Odd Thomas is probably one of the few "perfect novels" that Koontz has ever written (along with Watchers), as it has a great protagonist, an excellent plot and ends exactly how it's supposed to, but with a few surprises along the way.

My daughter recommended this to me and I could not read through the series fast enough. Cannot wait for the next one.

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12 Cold Fire

Loved the character Tom Ironheart. One of Koontz best inventions.

Top of the line suspence. Great for a book report. Believe my A . - fireinside96

One of the 1st books I read from Koontz, and after many years and even more books, it's still in my top five favorites list!

13 Night Chills

"Truly awesome suspense novel about subliminal mind control. Would rank about sixth for most true Koontz fans. A fun and thrilling read."

So far my favorite. Fascinating and a fast read.

Excellent. Quick read.

14 House of Thunder

This was my first book from Dean Koontz and it's my favorite by far.

The best book of all.. Trust me!

One of my all time favorite book of Dean Koontz.

Very clever idea.

15 Icebound
16 The Eyes of Darkness
17 Life Expectancy

Fun characters. Intense and suspenseful. I was actually laughing outloud at points. This book shows Koontz's skill for witty dialogue.

So difficult to pick only one favorite Koontz novel. I tried to think of a book that encompasses all of his best attributes as a writer. Odd Thomas, Innocence, Tick Tock, One Door Away from Heaven? So many great books, I could list at least 20! But I chose ‘Life Expectancy,’ because it masterfully weaves Danger, Fear & Terror with Laughter, Love & Profound Lessons in Life!

This book is a ton of fun. Great characters, lots of humour and just generally hard to stop reading. Definitely in Koontz's top 5. Prepare to be enchanted.

One of the few Koontz books with amazing suspense and plot, but is also quite funny

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18 Fear Nothing

This and seize the night may be my favorite koontz books. The humor mixed with suspense...

I've enjoyed over 35 Koontz books. For some reason I couldn't finish this or Winter Moon. Took forever for something to happen. I'm sure I'll try again and succeed.

Loved this and "Seize the Night". Keep hoping he'll write another Christopher Snow novel. Have read both several times.

One of only a few books I've read more than once. Seize the Night was also worthy of a reread.

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19 The Bad Place

My favorite of all of Koontz's books. He dares to go to some very dark places in this one. The originality of the types of horror he brings here is so unexpected. Weirdly wild and full of unique characters. A must read.

By far the best book I have ever read. Kept me interested and racing ahead to find out what was happening, The only book that I could get up in the middle of the night and want to carry on reading!

My wife and I enjoy Koontz novels; however she could not finish this one as she started having nightmares. Considering she has read most of King and Koontz novels that is saying something.

First one of his I read as a kid and have read it many times over again along with Cold Fire and The Voice of the Night

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20 One Door Away from Heaven

For me, his best book

The first Koontz book which has bored me, it started with such promise, characters you could identify with and take to your heart.

I'm now on chapter 26 and can't be bothered picking it back up, it appears (to me), Koontz was under pressure to write this book and contracted to write ex amount of pages, most of which he's filled with unnecessary descriptions of characters and locations.

We all love to use our imaginations from an authors adjectivity, however I really don't care about full blown descritptions of minor characters and locations, I would much prefer a fluent storyline and not page fillers.

I will however at some point plod on with the story by skipping the unnecessary adjectives and thus drastically shortening the length of the book which saddens me greatly.

I'm very sorry about this review Mr Koontz but I would be doing you a disservice by saying anything different.

One of my favorite books of his. I read it in the 90s and still think about it to this day.

DEFINITE. It should and so should from the corner of his eye

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21 The Door to December

My favorite book of Koontz. Didn't sleep for a week after finishing it.

Excellent writing and visualization

Great book! Just could not put it down.

Big time awesome...great read...

22 Velocity

I have read this book four times and have bought three copies cause I'm constantly afraid that I am going to misplace it someday! It is just amazing a must read!

This is the best in my humble opinion

23 Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

This is an amazing book where his forte, corruption in the science industry, is clearly seen. -

An easy read that left me wanting #2 which I just finished. On to #3!

Absolutely top-notch Dean Koontz

Loved the whole series. I hope they definitely make these into a movie or T.V. series. It would have to have some money behind it so as not to be cheesy but, if done correctly, would be a huge hit.

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24 Dark Rivers of the Heart

Thank you for "Dark Rivers of the Heart." It still rings true 25 years later.

Top 3 Koontz books for me!

Roy Miro... Pure empathy, power of compassion, creating killers as he goes... Reminds me of hannibal in a way. Great story!

Loved this one. He killed with compassion.

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25 False Memory

I love every Dean Koontz book. I have read them all, but False Memory is the book I first recommend to someone. It is so scary and believable. I love this book.

The most evil villain in the history of evil villains

This book will blow your mind... a must read!

26 Darkfall

Darkness Comes.. that was a fun read but I love the scary stuff!

27 The Taking

My personal favorite from Dean Koontz, I loved the guessing game of trying to figure out what was happening and such a great ending too!

This was the seventh Dean Koontz book I've read and as much as I love just about anything from Koontz, this one is my absolute favorite so far. Koontz has this uncanny ability to make his readers think "what if this actually happened? " Creepiest, most terrifying book so far, with an awesome twist ending.

For me at least I loved this book! I was startled that it isn't one of his popular ones! Awesome book! Had me thinking about it long after I finished it!

An interesting apocalyptic twist

28 Sole Survivor

You can feel the main characters feelings eminating off the page. - fireinside96

Cool plot. Great book.

29 Twilight Eyes

Great book, full of suspense, and minus the usual lengthy happy-ever-after Koontz final chapter...

Great suspense/horror tale. One of his darker stories for sure. - CrowtRobot

30 By the Light of the Moon

Top five in my humble opinion.

I loved this book! Have read it about 10 times so far.

31 Strangers

One of the first Koontz book I read and have been reading all his books since. I think this is one of my favorites, however so many of his books are great. I like his lighter fare such as Life Expectancy and Odd Thomas just as much as From the Corner of his Eye which might be his most intense novel.

The first Dean Koontz I ever read. I'll add that it got me into the habit of reading in general. It was such a strange viewpoint at the time. Really impressed with his knowledge of military type spying devices. He pushes you right to the edge of reality in order to make his stories believable.

Apparently Stephen King's favourite Koontz book. Would have to agree. Enjoyed it even more than Watchers.

Needs only 3 pages to hook you. Then the hook stays...

32 Innocence

Loved this book and have shared it with many others.

Incredible story! Read it two hours, I was that enthralled. Rates up there with 'Twilight Eyes' and 'From the Corner of his Eye'.

Beautiful and sad with a truly unpredictable and heart breaking twist... encompasses the essence of the entire Odd series, including the first three which were the best in the series.

Anothers I come back to from time to time.koontz puts me in mind of flannery o'connor and I find new insights with each rereading.

33 Demon Seed

This is a great, intense thriller. -

34 Brother Odd
35 The Face

A really fun story, hard to put down once you start.

This is his best

36 The Voice of the Night

A great story about the nature of good and evil-- starting as children. A simple, wall told story with universal truths and scary as hell! One of my favorite Dean Koontz books. Explores the darker side of friendships, human nature, responsibility and destiny Also, not too long and a quick piece. Terrific read full of excitement...

My favorite of Dean Koontz books. Must read.

37 The Darkest Evening of the Year

Superb - better than lightning which is terrific. Sad it's so under rated. It's my personal DK favorite and I have read several on this list

Breath taking...

38 The Servants of Twilight

First book I read by Koontz. After that, I was hooked. He has written so many that are good but this one started my obsession!

Just awesome; a true page turner. One can really relate to the characters. One of the absolute "bests" of any Koontz novels.

39 Chase

Great little book.

40 The Key to Midnight

I read it in one night, it was so great. First Koontz book I ever read, and is still the best in my opinion.

41 The City

Well written, good characters, no gratuitous bad language. Classy!

Another great one.

42 What the Night Knows

By far NOT the best DK book. I'm about halfway into it and it is boring me to death with it's sluggish pace and lengthy descriptions of irrelevant thing's. I've read most of his books and this one is down the bottom for meq...
I might put it in the loo and during constipation time... continue to read it...

Why isn’t this book in the list? The first Dean Koontz book I read and I’m craving more. Honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read. Period!

43 Strange Highways

Great book and loved the short stories too.

44 Seize the Night

I struggled with this and Winter Moon. I got this mixed up with Fear Nothing in a previous comment. Perhaps I read Fear Nothing and Seize The Night in the wrong order. Love Koontz. Favorite author.

Great sequel to Fear Nothing. Both were one of a few books I have reread. Great story.

45 Star Quest
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