Welcome to Fears For Ears, a new series at Wolfbane Blooms dedicated to reviewing the best of audio horror.
How frightened would you be if you woke up in a hospital with no recollection of how you got there or parts of who you were? This is the psychological horror that master of suspense Dean Koontz explores in this novel.
Susan Thornton wakes up restrained to a hospital bed. She is told that she has spent considerable time in a coma from a very bad car wreck. Try as she might, she can’t seem to remember the night in question.
Her doctor tells her she is suffering from an acute type of amnesia and not to worry. Yet, as days go by, Susan cannot remember the last few years of her life. What she can remember, very clearly, is the death of her boyfriend many years ago. Why is she thinking about this while lying in the hospital? Because the four men whom murdered him all work at the hospital.
Susan testified and put those men in prison. At least one has even died while locked up. But then why is she seeing them here? The workers here have different names. They have credentials. They also seem to have not aged a single day since that incident. Could they really be the same men?
Susan fights to get anyone to believe her, as these men threaten revenge and violence in private. But as her stories get more wild, and she begins to see ghosts and a decapitated head in the bathroom, even she begins to question herself.
She must fight to find out the truth of Willawauk Hospital, which has now become her prison. Can she find a logical explanation for the hauntings she is enduring? Can those young, identical men really be the same ones from years ago? Will she find these answers before she loses her mind completely?
This novel is fantastic. With this, however, you must be willing to accept some fantastical elements. The twists and turns in this novel are gripping and fun, but they are a tad ridiculous. If you’ve never experience Koontz before, this is a good place to start.
Ghosts. Murder. Secret weapons. Clones. Soviet spies. You won’t be disappointed as Koontz takes you into The House of Thunder.