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I was totally into it and then, then Del Payne came upon the scene.

He was wonderfully written. The subplot of protagonist Tommy Phan’s struggle to reconcile his family’s tenacious hold on their Vietnamese roots with his personal desire to be purely American is essential to the plot development. In this case, you end up with a jumbled mess, with new ideas introduced at random and the most out of nowhere ending I’ve ever read.

Sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking, but always riveting. It pains me to say that around mid-chapter eight I got a sense of the end coming and I knew it was going to be bad. Once home, he finds a Rag doll on his front steps, along with a note, written in Vietnamese, which he knew when he was a child but has forgotten in his quest to be a true American.

But before Joe can probe further, the elusive Rose slips away and Joe is left with haunting questions: This is not a criticism.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. I think the hock aspect of the book took away from the whole ‘creepy’ premise of the story though. Oct 24, Jim C rated it really liked it.


I really wish that Koontz had followed up on this one, or even put out more lighter fare. They have until dawn to outrun the demon. You are dealing with a horror book with fantasy elements in it and things tie together nicely. Think I’ll watch it again and forget I even reread this book. Make no mistake, there are chilling demon tormenting moments, scary monster eating innocent scenes, and rick pursuit.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Along the way the rag doll bursts apart and what is hiding inside is a monster with only one intent.

I loved the main character, Tommy Phan. Where the eyes should be, there are two crossed stitches of black thread.

Carol Cowan, Michael Hanson Length: Do you like horror and kopntz but are looking for something light and humorous in the genre? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It starts out serious and descends into hilarity, and the change in tone was a little jarring for me.

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People who bought this also bought On one page your heart is pounding as you follow the characters exploits, the next you are tittering with laughter.


Tommy Phan is a successful detective novelist living the American dream in Southern California. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. When Tommy returns home one night, after a particularly bad nagging phone call from Mom, he finds an innocent rag doll lying on his doorstep and brings it in for a closer inspection. Not going to lie, when I first koontzz this years ago I actually loved it. As horror it’s also pathetic. Ticktock A Novel By: I read Tick Tock over 20 years ago and now I just finished this on audiobook.

The difference between the characters was a nice display of contrast. His partner, a hippie airhead blonde, was terrible.

It went from ‘edge of my seat’ straight to comedy club material. The stories of the men, especially the submarine captain, make you really care about the outcome.

Serious themes of pagan magic and family conflicts between the ancestral Vietnamese culture and the “American Dream” are counterpoised with the crazy comedy reminiscent of the classic comedy movies of the s such as ” Bringing Up Baby “.

She also shows another side to her when Tommy wants to see her paintings, and she threatens to shoot him if he does. He’s Hollywood’s most tickk star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul.