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77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz

77 Shadow Street Reviewed by Allen Hott

Like paranormal stories? Like authors with a fantastic vocabulary? Like authors with a great insight into scientific matters? How about many, many great descriptive pictures painted by an author?

These attributes are all very much in evidence in 77 Shadow Street. And the author is Dean Koontz. Yes he has done it again. Mr. Koontz has crafted a tremendous story that is loaded with all the above.

77 Shadow Street in 2011 is a large condominium that has been in that spot since the late 1800’s when it was built for a multimillionaire as a family residence. It has been renovated and added to many times. Today it houses a mixed collection of fairly well to do families who seem at ease and comfortable in their surroundings.

But what is it about the Pendleton house located at 77 Shadow Street that is vastly different from most other buildings anywhere and at any time? Not a lot of folks know about the past history of the Pendleton and how often some strangeness occurs. As the reader begins his visit to this strange place he will find many very unusual happenings that seem to be occurring at this time. Is it some sort of a cycle that appears ever so many years? And if so what is it?

“One” and “Witness” who appear throughout the book as narrators or seers quite often give not only words of wisdom but also warnings of things to come. As “One”speaks early on:

I am the One, the all and only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton’s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground.