By the Light of the Moon

By the Light of the Moon

Book - 2003 | Bantam pbk. ed.
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Dean Koontz has surpassed his longtime reputation as “America’s most popular suspense novelist”(Rolling Stone) to become one of the most celebrated and successful writers of our time. Reviewers hail his boundless originality, his art, his unparalleled ability to create highly textured, riveting drama, at once viscerally familiar and utterly unique.

Author of one #1 The New York Times bestseller after another, Koontz is at the pinnacle of his powers, spinning mysteries and miracles, enthralling tales that speak directly to today’s readers, balm for the heart and fire for the mind. In this stunning new novel, he delivers a tour de force of dark suspense and brilliant revelation that has all the Koontz trademarks: adventure, chills, riddles, humor, heartbreak, an unforgettable cast of characters, and a climax that will leave you clamoring for more.

Dylan O’Connor is a gifted young artist just trying to do the right thing in life. He’s on his way to an arts festival in Santa Fe when he stops to get a room for himself and his twenty-year-old autistic brother, Shep. But in a nightmarish instant, Dylan is attacked by a mysterious “doctor,” injected with a strange substance, and told that he is now a carrier of something that will either kill him...or transform his life in the most remarkable way. Then he is told that he must flee—before the doctor’s enemies hunt him down for the secret circulating through his body. No one can help him, the doctor says, not even the police.

Stunned, disbelieving, Dylan is turned loose to run for his life...and straight into an adventure that will turn the next twenty-four hours into an odyssey of terror, mystery—and wondrous discovery. It is a journey that begins when Dylan and Shep’s path intersects with that of Jillian Jackson. Before that evening Jilly was a beautiful comedian whose biggest worry was whether she would ever find a decent man. Now she too is a carrier. And even as Dylan tries to convince her that they’ll be safer sticking together, cold-eyed men in a threatening pack of black Suburbans approach, only seconds before Jilly’s classic Coupe DeVille explodes into thin air.

Now the three are on the run together, but with no idea whom they’re running from—or why. Meanwhile Shep has begun exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior. And whatever it is that’s coursing through their bodies seems to have plunged them into one waking nightmare after another. Seized by sinister premonitions, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to crime scenes—just minutes before the crimes take place.

What this unfathomable power is, how they can use it to stop the evil erupting all around them, and why they have been chosen are only parts of a puzzle that reaches back into the tragic past and the dark secrets they all share: secrets of madness, pain, and untimely death. Perhaps the answer lies in the eerie, enigmatic messages that Shep, with precious time running out, begins to repeat, about an entity who does his work “by the light of the moon.”

By the Light of the Moon is a novel of heart-stopping suspense and transcendent beauty, of how evil can destroy us and love can redeem us—a masterwork of the imagination in which the surprises come page after page and the spell of sublime storytelling triumphs throughout.

Baker & Taylor
Three traveling companions--artist Dylan O'Conner, his autistic brother Shep, and Jillian Jackson, a stand-up comic--are on the run, one step ahead of deadly pursuers, as they race to uncover the meaning of a vicious violation committed against them.

& Taylor

Three traveling companions--itinerant artist Dylan O'Conner, his autistic brother Shepherd, and Jillian Jackson, a stand-up comic--find themselves on the run, just one step ahead of deadly pursuers, as they race against time to uncover the meaning of a vicious violation committed against them. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003, c2002.
Edition: Bantam pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780553582765
Branch Call Number: PS3561.O55 B993 2002
Characteristics: 460 p. ; 18 cm.


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Dec 13, 2017

There are times that Koontz tries to get too cute with his dialogue. This book goes on and on with silly dialogue and never goes anywhere. Skip it.

Apr 07, 2017

I had to read this book for an English essay project that I have to do, and I thought I would be forcing myself to read this, dragging myself on and on until I finished the book, but to my surprise, that was not the case. By the Light of the Moon is a nail-biting suspense and horror that really gets you thinking.
One thing I love about this book is the plot. Basically, three people are restrained by a smiling, old scientist, then injected with a mysterious substance, which the side effects are unknown. They are then on the run from mysterious men who the scientist warned them about. However, the side effects soon kick in and the side effects are unique and are displayed on each of the characters in a very interesting way. I cannot say much or it would spoil, but I would encourage you to figure out by reading this book, you would never expect it.
Another aspect I enjoyed about this book are the characters. We have Dylan, a patient artist described as "a scary, bear of a man, with the heart of a lamb". There's also Jilly, a strong, clever woman who never has a lack of words on her tongue. Finally, we have Shepherd, Dylan's younger brother, who is autistic. Koontz writes Shepherd out very humanly and accurately. I thought I would be rolling my eyes at yet another inaccurate description of an autistic character, but I was wrong.
There are very few things I can complain about, but I felt as though some parts dragged on, such as the car ride at the beginning of the book. However, even that quickly picked up the pace with a plot twist, and made me excited to read the next four chapters in a row.
All in all, I would rate this book a 8/10.
- @Sonorous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Sep 17, 2013

It had been years and years since I'd read a book by one of my all time favourite authors, Dean Koontz. And I thought By The Light of The Moon sounded awesome and couldn't wait to get it started. Well, after 10 chapters, I couldn't wait to END it! What a waste of paper! I skipped over all the "filler" that I personally didn't need or WANT to know, so I got to chapter 10 pretty quick! This was THE most boring, filler-full book! Has he lost his touch or what. I gave it half a star simply because it wouldn't let me do less. Sorry Dean, but this book sucks and I think it will likely be awhile before attempt to try another of your books. I ended with a horrific headache and shoulders that just won't relax.

lrusley Nov 14, 2011

Fast paced, with unexpected twists and turns. I didn't like the main characters in the book as much as I usually do in a Dean Koontz novel, but still a good read.


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