Top 10 Best Dean Koontz Books

Anyone who has read a Dean Koontz book will surely say he is a master at his work.
The Top Ten
1 Watchers

I loved this book. The first book I read by Dean Koontz was A Big Little Life. I had no idea what a gem of an author I had been missing all these years. I love dogs and this book was another dog lover's book. Years and years ago I used to read a lot of sci fi and fantasy. I was delighted to be gently lead back to the fantasy genre with Dean Koontz. Watchers was also a great love story with fun and likeable characters. Couldn't stop listening. Oh - and the narrator - yum!

Spent nearly nine years of my life with the Golden I brought in to my family. Truly had the courius nature and disposition of a young child. He, Mister Buster, was the best homey for witch this homey could could ever ask. Loved that boy like my own child (if had ever been fortunate have on of my own). Getting nostalgic, might read it again and See if I'm compelled to adopt another Golden...
Loved the book, by the way.

2 Intensity

I first saw the movie years ago and absolutely loved it. Koontz did a great job with developing the main female character. You are on the edge of your seat the whole movie. Recently, I picked up the book Intensity to see if I would like the book as much as the movie. Not surprisely, I enjoyed the book as much if not better than the movie. Obviously the movie has to be shortened to fit into a time limit, but the book keeps the reader very interested and fascinated with the heroine's plight. Loved both, would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good suspensful read!

3 Lightning

My first Dean Koontz book which I read some years ago, brilliant, I literally couldn't put it down and begrudged outside pressures in my life which stopped me from picking it up.

The only thing I can add is:

I was totally gutted when I had finished it, there was a large void in my life almost akin to a bereavement, no other book since has ever drawn me so far in.

Thank you Dean Koontz.

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.

4 Odd Thomas

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.

Odd is one of my all-time favorite characters. I'm a romantic and I'm tearing up thinking about Odd and Stormy right now. That's gotta mean something.

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

5 Midnight

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.

Stands out even among excellent books.

Could not put it down! Totally awesome!

6 Phantoms

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.

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.

7 Tick Tock

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!

One of my favourite Koonz books. It was his first book that I could not put down and had me closing my eyes and my adrenaline pumping! Master writer.

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

8 From the Corner of His Eye

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!

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...

Fantastic book. Really touching and awesome story. Although I have many Dean Koontz books to read ( ihave read four so far), this is My favourite book I have ever read thus far. Must read!

9 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?

10 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.

Really good book. One of his best.

The Contenders
11 Life Expectancy

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 is an amazing book, a departure for Koontz, filled with laugh out loud humour, and yet with that Koontz touch of the frightening. I have bought this for a friend who also loved it. This is one of the books in my Grab 'n' Go bag. I do not ever want to be w/o it.

12 Cold Fire

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!

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

13 Fear Nothing

Hard to put down. What a great character. I always want more novels in this series. Come on Mr Koontz there has to be one more story here, two novels were not enough.

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.

14 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.

15 Hideaway

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

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

16 One Door Away from Heaven

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.

17 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.

18 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!

One of my favorites. Not sure why it isn't on more top picks.

19 Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

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.

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!

20 The Door to December

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

Great book! Just could not put it down.

21 House of Thunder

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

One of my all time favorite book of Dean Koontz.

22 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.

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

23 Icebound
24 Twilight Eyes

My favorite book as a teenager, it was my first Koontz novel and it gave me the passion of reading.

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.

25 Dark Rivers of the Heart

Loved it, second favourite after watchers. Only read a few, but this ticked the box's if you loved Watchers. Not sure why it is so far down the list of favourites. definitely one to read. Get this one promoted up the list so others also want to read it.

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

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

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