The Vision

The Vision

by Dean Koontz

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In this terrifying novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz reveals the darkness in a woman's mind—and the killer lurking there...

Mary Bergen aids the police in solving crimes, those that have happened and those that are about to. Now this gifted clairvoyant is using her psychic gift to help track a serial killer. But something terrible from Mary's past has been invading her dreams and she is haunted by the sound of leathery wings. The killer knows secrets even she has locked away. Knows about the torture she was administered at the hands of a psycho when she was a little girl. And he is coming for her next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425250792
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 458,280
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.


Newport Beach, California

Date of Birth:

July 9, 1945

Place of Birth:

Everett, Pennsylvania


B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Vision 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Koontz provides another great thriller for the reading world. He writes of a clairvoyant named Mary Bergen that helps police officers on murder cases. She is asked to help on a case of a serial killer and after he is caught, he eerily says her name as he dies. Another case falls into her lap as soon as the last one is over, but there is something different about this case. This new case is strangely connected to her in a way that she can not describe. Mary fights her way through attacking animals and frightening, painful visions of upcoming murders as she tries to find the killer and understand what happened to her 24 years ago. The only problem is that she is scared to find out the truth to both of the problems. This book takes unexpected turns and leaves you wanting more after every page. The best part is that the killer isn't revealed until the very end of the book. I recommend this book to all koontz lovers or anyone looking for a good thriller.
Manda_Panda More than 1 year ago
I am not a big fan of reading but I love books with suspense, mystery and horror. "The Vision" by Dean Koontz was an awesome book that a "non-reader" like myself could thoroughly enjoy no matter how much they might think they hate reading. This book kept me on my toes until the very end. It comes to life so much that while your reading in your quiet room, any noises you hear turn into the bad guys coming to get you and the only thing you can do is keep reading for that is the only way to be rid of them whether they are killed or captured. I suggest this book to anyone who enjoys reading suspense horror stories that capture you from the cover and make you become apart of the long journey and don't let you go until you stay for the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It started off great and ended great. Some parts of this book actually made me cringe. I usually dont like to read a book if it starts off slow, but this starts off in the middle of a scene. Its amazing. I didnt want to put this book down. If you are thinking about reading it, I strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Vision was a very intresting book. This was the second book I've read by Dean Koontz, now I won't read any other auther. This book was well written, and for the first time ever, a book, disturbed me. If you've read this book, then you know what I'm talking about, but if you don't, I must recommend you do read it, it'll keep you on the edge of you seat the whole time, you wont want to stop reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books that keeps you reading and reading. You kept going through page by page because you never knew what to expect next. Interesting ending, worth the read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I have ever read in my whole life. I could not put this book down til the very end! It keeps you wondering what's going to happen next until you read the whole book. I think Dean Koontz is a wonderful author. I just finished reading another one of his books 'The Funhouse', which was also a thriller!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hate to read and for me not liking it I sure could not put this book down. I was addicted. It always kept you hanging and wondering until the last page.
Rick_the_bard More than 1 year ago
This is one of Koontz' earlier works that I missed the first time around. It is representative of his earlier works and was thoroughly enjoyable, even though it is not of the higher standards represented in his later works. It did remind why I started reading him as the characters, especially Mary Bergen, are sympathetic and interesting and the plot is engrossing. I orginially got hooked on Koontz more for his charater development than the actual stories and this book does not disappoint in that regard. I recommend it to all Koontz fans who may have missed it, and to anyone who likes a good thrller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE VISION definitely keeps a reader's interest. I've read most of Koontz's books and this one is NOT one of his best. To his credit, THE VISION is one of his earlier writings. The plot involves a clairvoyant woman who assists police in finding murderers. Then suddenly she becomes involved in finding a serial killer and everything starts getting weird. I knew who that killer was one-quarter of the way through but I finished reading it anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well...Koontz did he, he gave me a nightmare! What a great story...the ending is so disturbing it actually gave me a nightmare. LOL I won't be forgetting this book any time soon. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Deena Powers More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and is one of my favorites! Great plot and well developed charecters, great late at night cuddle in bed with tea and doors locked kind of book. The ending definently kept me guessing and totally didnt see it coming! Great book and highley recommended for teens and up or just lovers of dean! By the way im only 12 ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, and I loved it because the characters were so immense and creative, and the plot was spectacular. This book may be very disturbing to any one who does read this book, and does not believe in psychics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since this is one of Koontz's older works, it has a tiny bit less suspense and interest than I'm used to, but it's still good. Normally Koontz novels jump between 2-3 different scenes and leave you hanging at the end of each chapter, but this one is much more continuous, and stays at 1-2 scenes. The 'mental connection' aspect will remind you a lot of 'The Bad Place' or 'Hideaway,' and the standard Koontzian bird attack occurs not once but twice, and will remind you of 'The Servants of Twilight.' As usual, there is a little girl threatened with rape, terrible bloody violence, Southern California settings, Hell, and the supernatural. The hints about the killer's identity are so obvious that it makes you wonder if there will be anything more surprising than your natural prediction. Don't worry: there is! Koontz is much too clever to give you your expected outcome. This twist, plus a scene that could have been stolen from 'The Birds' makes me think Koontz was heavily influenced by Alfred Hitchcock at the time he wrote this one.
mbertsch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love reading about psychic and this was one of the best. This psychic helped to solve a crime although I would have thought she would have seen this coming at her.
RBeffa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a quick and easy read, and a real page turner in some places. It dates to fairly early in Koontz's career (Nov 1977) so the prose is less elaborate than in his later works. I mention this only as a matter of style. The characters in the book, even minor ones, are well drawn. I found it a good take on the life of a true clairvoyant. It is a thriller involving a serial killer and a woman who seems psychically connected to him as she has visions of his crimes many hours and frequently days before they happen. Although Mary, the clairvoyant, has had visions since childhood and has helped police with the investigation of many crimes in the past, her degree of connection to the murders at present has apparently never been so strong and vivid. There isn't much of a mystery to it as the "bad guy" seems pretty obvious from very early in the story, despite Koontz's attempts to throw the reader bits to make him question that. A few parts of the book didn't seem as good as the rest with the result that the book ends up as just an average read, although for the most part, an enjoyable one.
Blazingice0608 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great old school Koontz novel. Non stop action, one of the fasted paced Koontz books i have had the pleasure of reading so far. While in some ways the killers identity is obvious, the genius that Koontz is, he gets you to second guess yourself constantly while keeping you guessing at other mysteries in the book such as the main characters past. The last 50 or so pages of the book were phenominal imo, very suspensful and action packed. With all this being said though, its still a relativly forgettable book when compared to the bulk of the greats Koontz has written like Lightning and Intensity. Aside from the main character, the characters were pretty weak and plain to me, didnt care about them very much. Bottom line is, its still a very entertaining and fast read no matter what.
CutestLilBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down thriller! Although the story is short, it doesn't leave you feeling as if something is missing or the story rushed. Enough twists and turns that the killer is not easily guessed (but I couldn't stand the suspense and read ahead). Not too gory, but definitely some bloody and disturbing scenes...some steamy love scenes as well. I would recommend this book to others!
harpua on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice quick read that kept me guessing. I thought I had it figured out, then realized I had it all wrong. There were a few very obscure clues on to the true identity of the villian, but not something that I look back on and could have truly figured out. The author here did a good job of telling a story, but less of a job of providing the clues necessary for the reader to figure out. Having said that, the characters in the story were completely in the dark as well until all was revealed in the end to the reader and the characters. Everything cleaned up nicely in the end. No need to revisit these characters. Good if you want something quick on a flight or over a weekend, but don¿t expect a great story here.
booklover3258 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a good book! Quick read and interesting plot. I kinda guessed the killer towards the middle of the book. Good ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good read
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Was not expecting the ending...very good and not disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont think this is Koontz best book but still a great read!