False Memory

False Memory

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In this novel the author weaves a tale of madness, suspense, love, and terror from a startling and true-life psychological condition: autophobia, fear of oneself. Martie Rhodes is a young wife, a successful video game designer, and a compassionate woman who takes her agoraphobic friend, Susan, to therapy sessions. Susan is so afraid of leaving her apartment that even these trips to the doctor's office become ordeals for both women, but with each trip a deeper emotional bond forms between them. Then one morning Martie experiences a sudden and inexplicable fear of her own, a fleeting but disquieting terror of her own shadow. The episode is over so quickly it leaves her shaken but amused. The amusement is short-lived. For as she is about to check her makeup, she realizes that she is terrified to look in the mirror and confront the reflection of her own face. As the episodes of this traumatic condition-- autophobia--build, the lives of Martie and her husband, Dustin, change drastically. Desperate to discover the reasons for his wife's sudden and seemingly inevitable descent into mental chaos, Dusty takes Martie to the renowned therapist who has been treating Susan, and tries to reconstruct the events of recent months in a frantic search for clues. As he comes closer to the shocking truth, Dusty finds himself afflicted with a condition even more bizarre and fearsome than Martie's. This is novel of the human mind's capacity to torment and destroy itself. In it the author has created a story not only of gripping fear but also of the power of love and friendship.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2000
ISBN: 9780307414120
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (627 pages)

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May 10, 2019

I read a print copy of this novel recently, on a friend's recommendation. I enjoyed several of Dean Koontz's earlier novels, from the 1980's and 1990's. This one was slow to start and kind of boggy in spots--at times I was thinking "Hurry up and get to the damned point!"--but liked the basic plot setup. In reading reviews here on Bibliocommons and on Amazon, I'm surprised no one's pointed out the similarities between False Memory and Koontz's earlier novel Night Chills, i.e., the use of drugs and hypnosis inducing phrases to control people.

May 02, 2016

I quite enjoy Koontz novels and this appeared to be in that category except that Koontz kept going when he should have stopped. Too much happening that was just not credible... I expect that I will still read Koontz in the future

May 13, 2012

Interesting story. Really enjoyed it and found it intense.

Mar 07, 2012

Very first Dean Koontz book I've picked up - now I'm a fan.

Mar 01, 2012

One of Koontz's best novels, to date, in my opinion. I couldn't put this book down!

Jul 27, 2011

Not one of his best,


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