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Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid… One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Mar Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid… One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children—and his life. Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his. The police think he’s a figment of Martin’s imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger’s threat. And run for their lives.But wherever they go—wherever they hide—he finds them…


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Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid… One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Mar Martin Stillwater has a vivid imagination. It charms his loving wife, delights his two little daughters, and gives him all the inspiration he needs to write his highly successful mystery novels. But maybe Martin’s imagination is a bit too vivid… One rainy afternoon, a terrifying incident makes him question his grip on reality. A stranger breaks into his house, accusing Martin of stealing his wife, his children—and his life. Claiming to be the real Martin Stillwater, the intruder threatens to take what is rightfully his. The police think he’s a figment of Martin’s imagination. But Martin and his family have no choice but to believe the stranger’s threat. And run for their lives.But wherever they go—wherever they hide—he finds them…

30 review for Mr. Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alejandro

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Murdering good!!! THE DEADLIEST ENEMY Back then (in 1994), when I read this novel, I enjoyed a lot. I think that it was an interesting way to present the plot, since the main character, Marty Stillwater, is threatened by an unthinkable menace... ...himself... ...or at least someone who claims that he is Marty Stillwater too. However, this "new" Marty is a coldblooded killer. The story is alternated told from the perspective of the main protagonist and the main antagonist. HOW ESCAPE FROM HI Murdering good!!! THE DEADLIEST ENEMY Back then (in 1994), when I read this novel, I enjoyed a lot. I think that it was an interesting way to present the plot, since the main character, Marty Stillwater, is threatened by an unthinkable menace... ...himself... ...or at least someone who claims that he is Marty Stillwater too. However, this "new" Marty is a coldblooded killer. The story is alternated told from the perspective of the main protagonist and the main antagonist. HOW ESCAPE FROM HIMSELF? It's quite shocking when I was reading the chapters of "the other" since he is indeed a perfect killing machine and the way that he kills is so remorseless that it's really disturbing to read that scenes, but of course, it's all part of being a horror novel. I think that this story is a loosely approach of the idea of Frankenstein where a mindless monster wants a life to his own. And since, Dean Koontz, the author, has a book series about a continuation of the original Frankenstein, it's not odd that he has a fascination with that classic story and in this book, he evolved a twist in the plot to make an original story of his own. MEET: DREW & KARL There two supportive characters, Drew & Karl, that they are following the trace of "the other" trying to clean the mess that he is leaving on his bloody journey. They are hired assassins and I found an enjoyable surprise when Karl is revealed as a Trekkie, so it was fun to read some dialogues of him. An unexpected surprise in the book, maybe my main complain in the story, it is that it's never clear how or why, Marty Stillwater got involved in this messy business. He is a famous novelist (as many main characters in Koontz' books) but that isn't a factor of why poor Marty is suffering this threat. However, in the general, I enjoyed a lot the reading experience.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Supratim

    I found this novel in a second hand book shop. The title, the blurb and the fact that the protagonist is a mystery novelist piqued my interest. I love mysteries which has some mystery writer in it. :) Please allow me to introduce you to Martin Stillwater. He is a mystery writer who has started to achieve fame and success. He leads a near perfect life with his psychologist wife Paige and two daughters, Emily and Charlotte. All of a sudden Martin starts to experience blackouts and senses a weird ki I found this novel in a second hand book shop. The title, the blurb and the fact that the protagonist is a mystery novelist piqued my interest. I love mysteries which has some mystery writer in it. :) Please allow me to introduce you to Martin Stillwater. He is a mystery writer who has started to achieve fame and success. He leads a near perfect life with his psychologist wife Paige and two daughters, Emily and Charlotte. All of a sudden Martin starts to experience blackouts and senses a weird kind of fear. There is also a nameless killer. He does not know his own name, has no memories about his family and has no idea who controls him. He simply knows what to do. This character has been “blessed” with extraordinary strength and unimaginable recuperative power. In sort the invincible killing machine. This killer is a big time movie lover and likes to think of himself as the hero. However, the character is also tortured by the loneliness and his meaningless life. The killer gets drawn “westward” by an unknown force and he believes that he will get a life and family there. He breaks protocol and embarks on his journey. You have already guessed it … the killer pays a visit to Martin’s family and the nightmare begins. Needless to say a lot of people are going to die. Parts of the book have enough tension, suspense and action to keep you hooked. Gun fights, chase scenes, twists, some BIG conspiracy, interesting characters will keep you turning the pages. The characters are pretty fleshed out. Martin is a good man – a good father, a good husband, a sort of person who does not want the death of innocents on his conscience even when his and his family’s life is in danger. But, do not think for a sec that Marty is weak. I liked the way Martin would use storytelling to soothe his daughters’ fear. Paige has also been portrayed as a very strong character and not some damsel in distress. The killer’s thought process was pretty chilling as well. The way he would justify his every crime is...amazing and horrifying. There is another character who I liked very much. Found him a bit eccentric at first. But, later I liked him a lot. This is just an action adventure thriller and do not expect much from it - only thrills. The premise has been used in many movies and novels. The end was predictable. Having said this, I have to say that I did enjoy parts of the book. I say parts because the book has a lot of flab. Had the author made it a bit more concise then the book would have been much more enjoyable. A nice thriller if you do not mind the extra flab. There might be better books with the same storyline as well. I shall end by saying that I do agree with Martin and Paige on one thing. Nothing soothes the mind like reading especially novels. :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karl Marberger

    Well written, entertaining suspense. The bad guy has a similar character dynamic to the Monster in Frankenstein.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Maciek

    Reading this book made me remember just how much Koontz rehashes. There is nothing original in this book - black and white characters, government conspiracy, etc. If there were no secret organizations DK would be out of job. And how many times did a Koontz novel feature a heroic couple running away from an evil adversary? All of this is embroidered by his "subtle" ideology (the god guy is a writer, the bad guy despises the written word). Apparently in Koontz's school of philosophy having a beaut Reading this book made me remember just how much Koontz rehashes. There is nothing original in this book - black and white characters, government conspiracy, etc. If there were no secret organizations DK would be out of job. And how many times did a Koontz novel feature a heroic couple running away from an evil adversary? All of this is embroidered by his "subtle" ideology (the god guy is a writer, the bad guy despises the written word). Apparently in Koontz's school of philosophy having a beautiful wife, two ideal daughters and being a succesful writer of suspense novels is good, and being a member of a seceret government organization is bad. Sometimes I wonder how he became a bestseller, since all he does is repeat himself over and over; but then maybe that's exactly the reason. Seriously, if you want s story about a writer hunted by his mirror image read King's "Dark Half" instead (Koontz obviously did). This one is recommended only for Dean's biggest fans.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kalin

    Originally, this was going to be a 4-star, "really liked it" rating, but the fourth star got gagged and snatched by the savage climax and the escapist, devil-may-care resolution. Most other parts I enjoyed a lot, as the following highlights will show: ~ Atanas Slavov recommended this book to me in my perennial quest for inspiring couples in literature or art as a whole. I can already see why: That he loved her more now than when they had met in college was no surprise. The triumphs and failures th Originally, this was going to be a 4-star, "really liked it" rating, but the fourth star got gagged and snatched by the savage climax and the escapist, devil-may-care resolution. Most other parts I enjoyed a lot, as the following highlights will show: ~ Atanas Slavov recommended this book to me in my perennial quest for inspiring couples in literature or art as a whole. I can already see why: That he loved her more now than when they had met in college was no surprise. The triumphs and failures they had shared, the years of daily struggle to make a place in the world and to seek the meaning of it, was rich soil in which love could grow. ~ Cheers to all my shamanist friends out there: Emily had only one pet. Its name was Peepers. It was a stone the size of a small lemon, smoothed by decades of running water in the Sierra creek from which she had retrieved it during their summer vacation a year ago. She had painted two soulful eyes on it, and insisted, “Peepers is the best pet of all. I don’t have to feed him or clean up after him. He’s been around forever, so he’s real smart and real wise, and when I’m sad or maybe mad, I just tell him what I’m hurting about, and he takes it all in and worries about it so I don’t have to think about it any more and can be happy.” ~ This was the happiest part of Marty’s day. Story time. No matter what else might happen after rising to meet the morning, he could always look forward to story time. He wrote the tales himself in a notebook labeled Stories for Charlotte and Emily, which he might actually publish one day. Or might not. Every word was a gift to his daughters, so the decision to share the stories with anyone else would be entirely theirs. As a fledgling father, I can testify to the first part. As a wannabe writer (bwaha), I can laud (and perhaps envy) the second. ~ What sort of conversations do you indulge in with your doctor? “Panic attack? You, of all people, suffering a panic attack?” Paul Guthridge asked doubtfully. Marty said, “Hyperventilating, heart pounding, felt like I was going to explode—sounds like a panic attack to me.” “Sounds like sex.” Marty smiled. “Trust me, it wasn’t sex.” “You could be right,” Guthridge said with a sigh. “It’s been so long, I’m not sure what sex was like exactly. Believe me, Marty, this is a bad decade to be a bachelor, so many really nasty diseases out there. You meet a new girl, date her, give her a chaste kiss when you take her home—and then wait to see if your lips are going to rot and fall off.” “That’s a swell image.” “Vivid, huh? Maybe I should’ve been a writer.” ~ Is this one media's assault on another, or what? But first he must act. That is another lesson he has learned from the movies. Action must come before thought. People in movies rarely sit around brooding about the predicament in which they find themselves. By God, they do something to resolve even their worst problems; they keep moving, ceaselessly moving, resolutely seeking confrontation with those who oppose them, grappling with their enemies in life-or-death struggles that they always win as long as they are sufficiently determined and righteous. He is determined. He is righteous. His life has been stolen. He is a victim. He has suffered. He has known despair. He has endured abuse and anguish and betrayal and loss like Omar Sharif in Doctor Zhivago, like William Hurt in The Accidental Tourist, Robin Williams in The World According to Garp, Michael Keaton in Batman, Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night, Tyrone Power in The Razor’s Edge, Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands. He is one with all of the brutalized, despised, downtrodden, misunderstood, cheated, outcast, manipulated people who live upon the silver screen and who are heroic in the face of devastating tribulations. His suffering is as important as theirs, his destiny every bit as glorious, his hope of triumph just as great. This realization moves him deeply. He is wrenched by shuddering sobs, weeping not with sadness but with joy, overwhelmed by a feeling of belonging, brotherhood, a sense of common humanity. He has deep bonds with those whose lives he shares in theaters, and this glorious epiphany motivates him to get up, move, move, confront, challenge, grapple, and prevail. (But seriously, some of the killer's ruminations on how movies teach us everything we need to know cross from the psychotic into the hilarious. I wonder if it was intentional.) ~ When the going gets tough, you can always count on the kids to inject some levity: At home, she’d checked the dictionary to see if there was any definition of “nuts” that would explain what the good guy had done to the bad guy and also explain why her mother was so unhappy about it. When she saw that one meaning of the word was obscene slang for “testicles,” she checked that mysterious word in the same dictionary, learned what she could, then sneaked into Daddy’s office and used his medical encyclopedia to discover more. It was pretty bizarre stuff. But she understood it. Sort of. Maybe more than she wanted to understand. She had explained it as best she could to Em. But Em didn’t believe a word of it and, evidently, promptly forgot about it. “Just like in the movie Saturday,” Charlotte reminded her. “If things get real bad and he goes berserk, kick him between the legs.” “Oh, yeah,” Em said dubiously, “kick him in his tickles. ” “Testicles.” “It was tickles.” “It was testicles,” Charlotte insisted firmly. Emily shrugged. “Whatever.” Mrs. Delorio walked into the family room, drying her hands on a yellow kitchen towel. (...) “Are you girls ready for more Pepsi?” “No, ma’am,” Charlotte said, “we’re fine, thank you. Enjoying the show.” “It’s a great show,” Emily said. “One of our favorites,” Charlotte said. Emily said, “It’s about a boy with tickles and everyone keeps kicking them.” Charlotte almost thumped the little twerp on the head. Frowning with confusion, Mrs. Delorio glanced back and forth from the television screen to Emily. “Tickles?” “Pickles,” Charlotte said, making a lame effort at covering. The doorbell rang before Em could do more damage. Mrs. Delorio said, “I’ll bet that’s your folks,” and hurried out of the family room. “Peabrain,” Charlotte said to her sister. Emily looked smug. “You’re just mad because I showed it was all a lie. She never heard of boys having tickles.” “Sheesh!” “So there,” Emily said. “Twerp.” “Snerp.” “That’s not even a word.” “It is if I want it to be.” (Later, I found out Koontz does not have children. Which makes his depiction of Charlotte and Emily even more of an accomplishment.) ~ Besides the axes it has to grind with movies ;), this novel has something to say about books: “What happened over there?” “Just now? In the other room?” “Yeah.” “Magic.” “I’m serious.” “So am I,” Marty said. “You can’t analyze the deeper effects that storytelling has on us, can’t figure out the why and how, any more than King Arthur could understand how Merlin could do and know the things he did.” “We came here shattered, frightened. The kids were so silent, half numb with fear. You and I were snapping at each other—” “Not snapping.” “Yes, we were.” “Okay,” he admitted, “we were, just a little.” “Which, for us, is a lot. All of us were . . . uneasy with one another. In knots.” “I don’t think it was that bad.” She said, “Listen to a family counselor with some experience—it was that bad. Then you tell a story, a lovely nonsense poem but nonsense nonetheless . . . and everyone’s more relaxed. It helps us knit together somehow. We have fun, we laugh. The girls wind down, and before you know it, they’re able to sleep.” (...) “I don’t know,” he said, “but I think if some university did a long-term study, they’d discover that people who read fiction don’t suffer from depression as much, don’t commit suicide as often, are just happier with their lives. Not all fiction, for sure. Not the human-beings-are -garbage-life-stinks-there-is-no-God novels filled with fashionable despair.” In fact, there have been similar studies. ~ Given the book's attitude to cinema, I was more than a little surprised by its afterword. Bruce Willis starring as Martin Stillwater, huh? Maybe Hollywood has enough sense of self-irony, after all. (But most probably not; the rumination parts are the first ones to go, as any resentful novelist will assure you. ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Dean Koontz at his best. I'm giving this book full marks for the suspense - sitting on the edge of your chair, holding your breath type suspense.And he can keep it going at the same terrifying level for whole chapters! Wow! I have seen a few criticisms of the ending, maybe because the book does not end at the climax but instead spends a few quiet pages letting the reader get their breath back and wrapping up all the loose ends. I liked that myself. One I would certainly recommend to readers of t Dean Koontz at his best. I'm giving this book full marks for the suspense - sitting on the edge of your chair, holding your breath type suspense.And he can keep it going at the same terrifying level for whole chapters! Wow! I have seen a few criticisms of the ending, maybe because the book does not end at the climax but instead spends a few quiet pages letting the reader get their breath back and wrapping up all the loose ends. I liked that myself. One I would certainly recommend to readers of the genre.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dustin the wind Crazy little brown owl

    2015 Update: While I still enjoyed the story, I did drop the rating one star and this would not be #6 in my favorite Dean Koontz ranking - that was clearly my evil twin talking. I read Mr. Murder as a mini-group read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz group. While the ending could have been better, the story and mystery was plenty intriguing for me - intriguing enough that I'm ranking this at #6 in my list of Dean Koontz favorites. Mr. Murder wasn't quite good enough to make it into my top 5, but h 2015 Update: While I still enjoyed the story, I did drop the rating one star and this would not be #6 in my favorite Dean Koontz ranking - that was clearly my evil twin talking. I read Mr. Murder as a mini-group read in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz group. While the ending could have been better, the story and mystery was plenty intriguing for me - intriguing enough that I'm ranking this at #6 in my list of Dean Koontz favorites. Mr. Murder wasn't quite good enough to make it into my top 5, but he's in my top 10 for sure :-) The book reminded me a lot of Relentless by Dean Koontz, a story I'm absolutely in love with. Mr. Murder was published in 1993 and Relentless in 2009. My top five favorite Dean Koontz novels are in order: #1 Life Expectancy, #2 By The Light of the Moon, #3 Relentless, #4 Cold Fire and #5 The Taking. My list is of course, subject to change depending on future reading and re-reading. Thanks Dean for writing so many books to keep me entertained and all you Dean Koontz fans who haven't already joined - come become a Koontzlander in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz group on goodreads, you'll be glad you did because I'm the moderator :-) Update: I just realized that my evil twin wrote this review. I don't know if I would really rank Mr. Murder as #6, but I'll go ahead and keep this review because since I have an evil twin, I clearly have a lot in common with Mr. Murder.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carlotta

    This book was given to me as a gift for my birthday by my boyfriend so I love that he gave it to me. However, Mr. Koontz could have written this story in half the pages. He spent more time beating the same jokes to death, describing nothing of interest, and repeating characteristics of his characters. The story could have been more interesting, regardless of how much it reminded me of some of his other works, if he had cut out about half of the pages. The book felt to me like he had a page quota This book was given to me as a gift for my birthday by my boyfriend so I love that he gave it to me. However, Mr. Koontz could have written this story in half the pages. He spent more time beating the same jokes to death, describing nothing of interest, and repeating characteristics of his characters. The story could have been more interesting, regardless of how much it reminded me of some of his other works, if he had cut out about half of the pages. The book felt to me like he had a page quota to make, and by God, he was going to make it. The only reason I gave it two stars was because of how interesting the daughter characters were, how much the parents loved them, and because my boyfriend, whom I adore, gave it to me and tried to find something I would enjoy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary JL

    When a disturbed stranger invades his home, accusing Martin Stillwater of stealing his wife, his children his identity, Martin is shocked and startled. Since the real Martin Stillwater is a write of mystery and horror novels, the police are going on the theory that this is a publicity stunt to Martin to sell more books. Unwilling to risk his family's lives due to police inaction, Martin takes his wife Paige, and ther young daughters Charlotte and Emily and flees for his life. The mysterious intrud When a disturbed stranger invades his home, accusing Martin Stillwater of stealing his wife, his children his identity, Martin is shocked and startled. Since the real Martin Stillwater is a write of mystery and horror novels, the police are going on the theory that this is a publicity stunt to Martin to sell more books. Unwilling to risk his family's lives due to police inaction, Martin takes his wife Paige, and ther young daughters Charlotte and Emily and flees for his life. The mysterious intruder--still claiming to be Martin Stillwater pursues them. As he is a trained hitman, he presents quite a danger to the family. The terror and dismay of the Stillwater is well portrayed. The willingness of 'the other' Martin's shadowy employers to kill four innocent people to protect their secrets is also chilling. There a few small plot holes I won't go into but mostly this is a fast-paced mystery thriller, with a touch of Sf ideas. The characterization is above averge for a thriller. I found the ending a bit unexpected but I did like it. Recommended to all readers of the horror/thriller/ mystery genres. due to the violence, I personally would not recommend for anyone under age 18 though. Btw, this has nothing to do with the plot, but during the story, Martin tells his young daughers a 'bedtime story' called "Santa's Evil Twin". I would really like to see that completed and published. Mr. Koontz, if you'd be so kind....

  10. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    WOW! Once I got hooked, I couldn't wait to see what happened next! A genetically engineered assassin, Alfie, inexplicably goes rogue. He begins to have a driving need to be someone other than a robotic individual without a past or real connections in the present. This "mutation" brings to fore a previously unknown magnetic ability to connect & track a specific person. The other M.C. Martin Stillwater, a mystery writer, is innocently living his life with his family when he begins to have fugue ep WOW! Once I got hooked, I couldn't wait to see what happened next! A genetically engineered assassin, Alfie, inexplicably goes rogue. He begins to have a driving need to be someone other than a robotic individual without a past or real connections in the present. This "mutation" brings to fore a previously unknown magnetic ability to connect & track a specific person. The other M.C. Martin Stillwater, a mystery writer, is innocently living his life with his family when he begins to have fugue episodes of suffocating foreboding & fear which as they get stronger cause physical reactions. He doesn't know if these episodes have a psychological or organic origin. When these two players' lives intersect it is a mind-blowing revelation for the both of them which sends Martin & family on the run, with Alfie hunting them down. Add to the mix, characters from the organization who "manage " Alfie. They need to corral their asset and eliminate those who might blow the lid off their secret. The climax has a head-turning surprise.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I had been getting bored with Dean Koontz in recent years (except for the Frankenstein books,) but picking this one up at a book fair has restored my faith. I haven't been this scared - the kind of scared where you're skimming pages in an effort to find relief and know you shouldn't be reading the book after dark - in years. And it's always refreshing when you can't figure out the ending until the end. Good stuff. I had been getting bored with Dean Koontz in recent years (except for the Frankenstein books,) but picking this one up at a book fair has restored my faith. I haven't been this scared - the kind of scared where you're skimming pages in an effort to find relief and know you shouldn't be reading the book after dark - in years. And it's always refreshing when you can't figure out the ending until the end. Good stuff.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    My very first Dean Koontz book, Mr. Murder is an intersting suspense-thriller about a successful novelist who has his life turned upside down when a man (who looks exactly like him) shows up to steal his life (the double thinks the novelist stole his life to begin with). It's quite intriguing and full of major twists that have you wondering where Koontz got his imagination. My very first Dean Koontz book, Mr. Murder is an intersting suspense-thriller about a successful novelist who has his life turned upside down when a man (who looks exactly like him) shows up to steal his life (the double thinks the novelist stole his life to begin with). It's quite intriguing and full of major twists that have you wondering where Koontz got his imagination.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Alston

    BORING! I liked the plot but the storytelling just bored me. I wanted to quit listening but I wanted to see how it ended. Total disappointment! This is the first Koontz book I've read and I doubt I will seek any more. I expected much more from such a popular author. BORING! I liked the plot but the storytelling just bored me. I wanted to quit listening but I wanted to see how it ended. Total disappointment! This is the first Koontz book I've read and I doubt I will seek any more. I expected much more from such a popular author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    5/5 Stars!!! I loved this book.It was suspensful,with strong Characters!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cody Maxie

    I can't believe this book has an average of only 3.63! Let me start off by saying what I loved about the book: The writing was A+, everything was clear and I really enjoyed how he would really get the individual opinions down, like with Dean and his hatred for Star Trek. The characters themselves got me engaged more deeply into the story and caring about their well being, another A+ The story, Oh man the story! You know how in some books you can kind of see what's going to happen at certain points I can't believe this book has an average of only 3.63! Let me start off by saying what I loved about the book: The writing was A+, everything was clear and I really enjoyed how he would really get the individual opinions down, like with Dean and his hatred for Star Trek. The characters themselves got me engaged more deeply into the story and caring about their well being, another A+ The story, Oh man the story! You know how in some books you can kind of see what's going to happen at certain points? Well in Mr.Murder I thought for sure this would happen then wham! A twist! All of them well placed and making perfect sense too. A++ The ending is the only part of the book that is a little miss. It seemed a little off compared to the rest of the book, it was still good, just maybe a B instead of an A+. One other little thing that bothered me is how mature the little girls were for their age. but other than that the characters were all really well polished.

  16. 4 out of 5

    D

    I read this book for the first time in ten years. I literally read it in two days straight. Talk about a page turner! Marty Stillwater is a writer of mystery novels. He has a lovely wife called Paige, two adorable little girls, Charlotte, who's nine and Emily who is seven. Everything is good in his life. Until one day he walks in to find an intruder in his house. An intruder who claims Marty has stolen his life. And the intruder wants it back. Everything. including his wife and kids. What follow I read this book for the first time in ten years. I literally read it in two days straight. Talk about a page turner! Marty Stillwater is a writer of mystery novels. He has a lovely wife called Paige, two adorable little girls, Charlotte, who's nine and Emily who is seven. Everything is good in his life. Until one day he walks in to find an intruder in his house. An intruder who claims Marty has stolen his life. And the intruder wants it back. Everything. including his wife and kids. What follows is a highy suspenseful cat and mouse struggle as Marty attempts to keep his family safe from harm, against an increasingly desperate and brutal adversary.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Not nearly as good as other books by Koontz, and parallel to Koontz' newer and better The Good Guy. In addition to being science fiction (if I tell you, I spoil some of the fun), Mr. Murder carries a clear political message. Even as science fiction Mr. Murder fails to convince. For example the Other's ability to heal goes far beyond any reasonable enhancement to humans. Certain injuries as--in and of themselves--fatal, with no possibility of the body reassembling or healing itself. Not nearly as good as other books by Koontz, and parallel to Koontz' newer and better The Good Guy. In addition to being science fiction (if I tell you, I spoil some of the fun), Mr. Murder carries a clear political message. Even as science fiction Mr. Murder fails to convince. For example the Other's ability to heal goes far beyond any reasonable enhancement to humans. Certain injuries as--in and of themselves--fatal, with no possibility of the body reassembling or healing itself.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    Horrible. This book is too similar to other books Koontz wrote. He just traded names of characters and settings. The main character is a slightly inept writer with a saintly wife and too-smart-for-their-age daughters who are there for the cute factor. Of course they are all pursued by a psycho. If you want to relive the memories of other Koontz novels, then you may like Mr. Murder. If you want something new and refreshing, then stay away. Far away.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nora aka Diva

    Weird, freaky, suspenseful and fun to read is the best description I can give this novel. From beginning to end you won't want to put it down. Weird, freaky, suspenseful and fun to read is the best description I can give this novel. From beginning to end you won't want to put it down.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Lohr

    *This review can also be found on my blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile: https://wendylohr.wordpress.com/2020/... Intense. Surreal. Suspenseful. Dean Koontz never fails to leave me mentally wrung out at the end of his books and Mr. Murder is no different. It took me quite a while to work my way through this book just because I had to keep putting it down in order to mentally prepare myself for the next block of reading time. And I enjoyed every minute of it! The pure chaos and confusion of encounterin *This review can also be found on my blog, The Never-Ending TBR Pile: https://wendylohr.wordpress.com/2020/... Intense. Surreal. Suspenseful. Dean Koontz never fails to leave me mentally wrung out at the end of his books and Mr. Murder is no different. It took me quite a while to work my way through this book just because I had to keep putting it down in order to mentally prepare myself for the next block of reading time. And I enjoyed every minute of it! The pure chaos and confusion of encountering someone that is your identical twin (and you don't have a twin) is surreal. But when that twin is declaring that you've stolen his life and he wants it back, will do anything to get it back... that's terrifying. And what's even scarier is when you turn to the police for help and are regarded as a prankster trying to boost a new book you have coming out... the system that you've always had faith in fails you and you're left to defend yourself and your family. This is what Martin Stillwater has to contend with as he's thrust into this nightmare, dealing with the unknown almost supernatural assailant and having no one to rely on but himself and his family. The characters in this novel were extremely well developed and even The Other, as Marty calls him, is so well thought out that I actually had moments where I was truly sympathizing with his perceived plight. As for Marty, his general outlook on the world is positive, but takes a lot of blows as he grapples with The Other and the fact that a lot of his perceptions of people and authority and such are challenged, causing him to have to adapt both physically and mentally to his rapidly changing life. Then there's Marty's strong and resourceful wife, Paige, that must struggle with her own notions of what is happening and try to reconcile it as she is forced into the role of a heroine from an action novel or movie in order to defend her kids and her husband, her fear evident, but her determination to overcome driving her on. Of course, the book wouldn't be half as good without Charlotte and Emily, Marty's daughters who bring an innocence to the page and a sprinkling of humor that is needed after some of the more intense moments in the book. And even though the concept of a shadowy organization that wants control of the world is a bit cliched, Dean Koontz handles it in a way that truly has the reader wondering if an organization like this really exists and how screwed are we as a society if they were to actually achieve their goal of world domination. If you're looking for an intense, psychological, suspenseful, grueling read that will challenge your perception of good, evil, nature vs nurture, and shadowy organizations, this is definitely a great book to settle in with. It had a really nice twist at the end that brought one of the characters that was in the background to the forefront and had me really liking him a lot, even though his part was small in comparison to the entire story. I truly enjoyed this novel and now wish I hadn't let it sit on my TBR shelf for so long! So if it sounds like your kind of book, don't hesitate... just get a copy and start reading!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Edwina Callan

    Hubby and I listened to this during the long ride to visit Arlington & the Washington, D.C. area. What a complete and utter thrill it was for an avid reader, like myself, to watch my non-reader husband get thoroughly sucked into this book and then want to spend time discussing it during meals and when we would stop for the night at a motel. That alone would have earned this book 5 stars but the way the author word-weaved his web, slowly ... oh-so-slowly ... increasing the tension was pure literar Hubby and I listened to this during the long ride to visit Arlington & the Washington, D.C. area. What a complete and utter thrill it was for an avid reader, like myself, to watch my non-reader husband get thoroughly sucked into this book and then want to spend time discussing it during meals and when we would stop for the night at a motel. That alone would have earned this book 5 stars but the way the author word-weaved his web, slowly ... oh-so-slowly ... increasing the tension was pure literary genius and really makes me wish that I could give it many more stars. Highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tgordon

    Fast moving and trilling as always with Koontz. I’m not a fan of supernatural and the other so sometimes I find him hard to read but this was not as bad as that. It had mostly normal family being stalked by a really lot normal being because he wanted to be the head of that house. Why does this thing think he’s the head of this house? Read and have fun.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris Snider

    Loved this book, never had any slow points to it. Great story and every scene kept you interested. The characters are lovable and relatable. I had intended to give this 4 stars, but a nice little twist at the end I thought COULD happen, but wasn't sure, actually did. I literally yelled out "I knew it!" Loved this book, never had any slow points to it. Great story and every scene kept you interested. The characters are lovable and relatable. I had intended to give this 4 stars, but a nice little twist at the end I thought COULD happen, but wasn't sure, actually did. I literally yelled out "I knew it!"

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly (spoopyhol)

    Author Martin Stillwater’s life couldn’t be more perfect. He has a wife, two beautiful daughters and his novels are achieving success. So why does he feel such dread, experience sudden black outs? The killer doesn’t know his name, only the name he uses. He has no family, no friends, no home. He cannot recall who gives him his assignments, and he doesn’t know why his targets must die. But he’s reached a turning point, he needs to be somebody. A life awaits him in a town he can’t yet envision. I re Author Martin Stillwater’s life couldn’t be more perfect. He has a wife, two beautiful daughters and his novels are achieving success. So why does he feel such dread, experience sudden black outs? The killer doesn’t know his name, only the name he uses. He has no family, no friends, no home. He cannot recall who gives him his assignments, and he doesn’t know why his targets must die. But he’s reached a turning point, he needs to be somebody. A life awaits him in a town he can’t yet envision. I really enjoyed this one. Like many of the other Koontz novels I’ve read, it felt really fun. I know he probably didn’t intend of this to be ‘fun’ in anyway but it was! His characters are always enjoyable to read, he’s superb at dialogue. At first I thought that this novel would be a standard thriller without much depth. Like an airport thriller - you know the ones. But it actually went quite deep with the whole programmed-killer-finding-out-he-has-feelings kinda thing. Enjoyable indeed. I’ve been at work today and I now have uni work to do so please forgive me for this substandard review but I guess it has my general thoughts in it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Marty is somehow linked to a murdering look-alike. The look-alike manages to track Marty down through a People magazine article on Marty, who they deem "Mr. Murder" because of his novels. There are a few things in this book that mirror some of Koontz's other novels, which made it a little difficult for me to read. I only marginally cared for Marty and Paige, even though I loved their two daughters. I was annoyed by the look-alike, who seemed to be more of a pest than anything else (but a murderin Marty is somehow linked to a murdering look-alike. The look-alike manages to track Marty down through a People magazine article on Marty, who they deem "Mr. Murder" because of his novels. There are a few things in this book that mirror some of Koontz's other novels, which made it a little difficult for me to read. I only marginally cared for Marty and Paige, even though I loved their two daughters. I was annoyed by the look-alike, who seemed to be more of a pest than anything else (but a murdering pest, at that), and I was frustrated by his "handlers", who always seemed to be one step behind. The ending was a little predictable, which I suppose was fine for a story that wasn't very strong. The only things that I really latched on to in this one was Marty's relationship with Charlotte and Emily. I loved the descriptions of their two very different personalities. I loved that one was a morning person, and one was very definitely not. I loved the scene where Marty comes upon one scowling at her feet, and the one-sided conversation that follows. Other than that, there wasn't a whole lot to keep me engaged in this one, which was a pity.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maicie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Mr. Murder" by Dean Koontz is one of his earlier books, written in 1993. Marty and his family are being chased by someone who looks just like him. Alfie, "the evil twin", wants Marty's life. The story has plenty of suspense, gore, and humor. I enjoy Koontz's humor as much as I enjoy the suspense of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Koontz fan. Favorite quote (that had nothing at all to do with the story but made me bust out laughing): "...Believe me, Marty, this is a bad d "Mr. Murder" by Dean Koontz is one of his earlier books, written in 1993. Marty and his family are being chased by someone who looks just like him. Alfie, "the evil twin", wants Marty's life. The story has plenty of suspense, gore, and humor. I enjoy Koontz's humor as much as I enjoy the suspense of the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a Koontz fan. Favorite quote (that had nothing at all to do with the story but made me bust out laughing): "...Believe me, Marty, this is a bad decade to be a bachelor, so many really nasty diseases out there. You meet a new girl, date her, give her a chaste kiss when you take her home - and then wait to see if your lips are going to rot and fall off."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Every time I read a Koontz book I am entranced again. This was a little dry in the very beginning but once the Stillwells were on the run the suspense kept building. Marty's look-alike is determined that Martin Stillwell has stolen his life, his family and he wants it all back ...at first. Then he is convinced that they are all "false" people, like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and decides he has to get rid of them. Marty's look alike named Alfie is a highly trained assassin. At the end of th Every time I read a Koontz book I am entranced again. This was a little dry in the very beginning but once the Stillwells were on the run the suspense kept building. Marty's look-alike is determined that Martin Stillwell has stolen his life, his family and he wants it all back ...at first. Then he is convinced that they are all "false" people, like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and decides he has to get rid of them. Marty's look alike named Alfie is a highly trained assassin. At the end of the book we are not sure if there are any more Alfie's out there.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Krissy

    Koontz is one of those authors that I can't seem to stop reading even though I really don't enjoy his writing style. He is just way too wordy for my taste. He can make a 400 page book feel like it's 900 pages. But for some reason I think if I keep trying to read his stuff I'll stumble upon a book that I love and it will all fall into place and explain why he is so popular. So I doubt this will be my last Koontz book. I'm still searching for that one book. Koontz is one of those authors that I can't seem to stop reading even though I really don't enjoy his writing style. He is just way too wordy for my taste. He can make a 400 page book feel like it's 900 pages. But for some reason I think if I keep trying to read his stuff I'll stumble upon a book that I love and it will all fall into place and explain why he is so popular. So I doubt this will be my last Koontz book. I'm still searching for that one book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I've read, and since I finished it he's gotta be my most favorite author. I really like his imagination and his writing style. The book character's were interesting and the story gets better as you get further into it. If you're a Koontz fan or like suspense or horror novels, you'll like this. This is the first book by Dean Koontz that I've read, and since I finished it he's gotta be my most favorite author. I really like his imagination and his writing style. The book character's were interesting and the story gets better as you get further into it. If you're a Koontz fan or like suspense or horror novels, you'll like this.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

    One of the best Dean Koontz's book I've ever read. I recommend it to all DK fans. One of the best Dean Koontz's book I've ever read. I recommend it to all DK fans.

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