by Dean Koontz

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz “pulls out all the stops” (Publishers Weekly) in this haunting psychological thriller...

For thirty-five years, Bruno Frye has lived in the shadow of the adopted mother who made his heart beat with constant fear. And even though she died five years ago, the whispers still haunt him in the dark...enough to make him kill—and kill again.

Hilary Thomas is one of his intended victims. And she’s about to learn that even death can’t keep a bad man down...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425181096
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/12/2001
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 178,955
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.20(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

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Pulls out all the stops…an incredible, terrifying tale.”— Publishers Weekly “Koontz is an expert at creating believable characters.”—The Detroit News and Free Press “One of our finest and most versatile suspense writers.”—The Macon Telegraph & News “Koontz’s gift is that he makes his monsters seem ‘realer,’ and he makes the characters who fight [them] as normal as anyone you’d meet on a street.”—Orlando Sentinel

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Whispers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Sune More than 1 year ago
I am a great fan of Dean Koontz, and this book had twists and turns throughout. It kept me on my toes and was a definate page turner, even though some parts seemed unnecessary and a bit predictable. I would say that my only pet peeve on this book is the way the chapters are writen. I am a person who likes to read from chapter to chapter, but this 451 page book only has 7 chapters, so with my busy schedule, I simply couldn't go chapter to chapter, especially because some of the chapters were over 40 pages long. The chapters were layed out though to where I could find stopping points but I hate stopping in the middle of chapters. I would recommend this book to those who like Dean Koontz or are a fan of mystery/suspense novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first Dean Koontz book i read afted that i try to read all i come into contact by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Possibly one of the best of Dean Koontz's early novels. The plot is filled with enough twists-and-turns to keep you reading long into the night. While essentially a plot-driven novel, Dean begins to develop his characters more fully here than in other early novels. In the Afterward, he reports not liking the "rigid Freudian psychology" underlying the story, but while his presentation of the character's psychology is rather simplistic and stereotypcial, it makes the story stronger and more interesting. This story is particularly creepy because the horror is rooted in the real world and not in the supernatural. There are some fantastic set pieces in this novel that no Koontz fan should miss. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the first Koontz books I read and have been a fan for 20 years. Very good book. Have enjoyed all his books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read so many Koontz books. First and favorite was Watchers. Love the Snow and Odd books. He has basically the same characters in every book and this is no exception. He can go on and on about the environment/atmosphere, but I was blown away how he went into so much detail about minor characters that had absolutely no bearing on the story at all. I ended up skimming 40% of the book. It is predictable throughout and the ending is anticlimactic to say the least. Plus he didn't unwind the story at all at the end to see what becomes of our do-gooding male lead and the strong, super-intelligent female lead. I thought there would be something redemptive at the end, but I was wrong. He wrote well about the urges and sexual relationship of the leads. Usually he is very PR, all fluff, when it comes to intimacy in relationships. I'm not sure when he became afraid to write the truth, but it was nice. There is an afterword that speaks to his working out his past in this book (as well as leaving his old typewriter). His publisher kept wanting it edited, but he wouldn't give. He should have given in. Then maybe it could be 3 stars. I don't need to hear about how a former drug dealer cleaned himself up and started creating designer dresses, especially when all the guy is doing in the story is helping detectives find a character that is also ultimately irrelevant. This book was a waste of time. Many better books.
LIL_DALLAS More than 1 year ago
Since I have a lot of 'windshield' time for my job, I purchased this book on CD to listen to in my car. It keeps you captivated from the very start up to the very end. I found myself driving slower, and not getting out of my car right away once I had reached my destination. I wanted to be able to get in more of the story. William Dufris does an admirable job on the narration and the various character voices. Dean Koontz, I have recently discovered, is my favorite author. His way with the English language has me enthralled. I appreciate that his CD's are unabridged, so I don't have to miss a single juicy nugget of story! (I have shared this book on CD with a friend, and she liked it, too)!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started reading Dean Koontz books and I never though I would read a book with so much suspense! I never knew what was coming next and the characters and plot are very believable. Very unpredictable and suspenseful, I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves thrillers!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got really into this book. koontz really gives his characters some depth. however, i did not like the end of the novel. it seemed to move at a faster pace than the rest of the novel. there was less suspense at the end, which i presumed would be the climax of the novel. but overall, it was a good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely terrific! I have read quite a few of Mr. Koontz's novels and I find this to be one of my favorites. Although it is a little on the too long side, it is definitely hard to put down! I can't wait to start reading my next Koontz novel, as I am sure it will not disappoint! With this book, don't worry - you're in for a great read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz truly outdoes himself in this thriller. It's extremely scary and mysterious thanks to Koontz's great imagination and unlike most books provides full details of everything. Koontz is truly a genius!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What will happen next? That was the question that I asked myself while reading this book. The thickening and immensely imaginitive plot in this story makes me want to give this book 1,000,000,000,000 stars. A great read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book, within the first chapter, I got hooked. This book is remarkable and I love his imagination in this book also, it shows how good of a writer Dean is. I give it 1000 STARS!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had purchased 2 books, & was reading something else but forgot it at home. So I had Whispers at work. When I started this one, I totally forgot about the other one I was reading. I couldn't put it down!!! The story was remarkable! I loved the characters also. It kept me in suspense, I was thinking about it for days after. What a mind-twister!!!! This was the first Dean Koontz book that I read and now I'm HOOKED!! I can't wait to read more. His imagination was so great in this one!!!! I give this one 5++++++++++++++ stars!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a wild roller coaster ride. It will make you think 'What if?' Shocking, Yet realistic. Elements of reality which could easily have been read as front page news. Highly recommended to any reader who enjoys a good scare. I couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was extraordinary, I can always figure out who the 'killer' is within the first two or three chapters, but this book keeps you in suspense till the very end....
Guest More than 1 year ago
It keeps you hopping, you can't read fast enough in parts. I thought the characters were intense, they all were connected in some way. Just when you think you have it figured out...you don't. Creepy too. I felt so scared for the characters I came to love. I really found this a great Koontz book. I can't understand why some people thought this was terrible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Scoshie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Standard Dean Koontz craziness. Hillary keeps seeing the man that terrrorized her but how is that possible since she knows he is dead or is he?
Blazingice0608 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of Koontz's darkest novels ever, almost everyone in the book has a dark and twisted past including the villian which i found to be very unique about a Koontz novel. Also the mystery really does a good job of keeping you guessing until the very end of the book. The book really plucks at your heart at certain points even creating a lot of sympathy for the villian, a very emotional, gripping novel. Not the best Koontz book ever, but definitly a classic favorate, one of his better novels to date.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liked this alright. Not Koontz's best work, but still enjoyable to listen to.
readingrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The start is a little rocky but Koontz eventually finds his stride. This book gives a nice and unexpected twist to a pretty common plot device and ends with an unforgettable scene that is sure to give every reader the creeps.
shellsie88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whispers is a crime mystery novel that involves adult characters that have experienced child abuse. I got an eerie feeling throughout most of the book maybe because the story seems realistic. It's a balanced book because it also involves some romance and friendship (which I think it brings beauty in the midst of darkness). I may be biased in saying this is a must read horror novel because I enjoy Dean Koontz writing a lot.
ashy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was okay. It's what I look for when I turn to Koontz, an easy read. Your eyes just casually go over the words and it's not stressful or requiring of much memory or thought.This one was about a woman named Hilary Thomas who was being stalked by a man named Frye who thought Hilary was the reincarnation of his mother. Not bad, not stellar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read virtually every Koonts novel written and find this one to be very dissapointing. It was very predictable ( figured it out halfway through ) and overly descriptive, to the point of real boring reading in places The only reason I rated it 3 stars is that the basic story line is quite good. This book should be 100 pages shorter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago