by Dean Koontz
It starts as a kid's game to while away the long drive across country.
It ends in a grotesque nightmare of death and destruction.
Alex and Colin are travelling three thousand miles by car to a golden city and a golden girl.
She's Colin's adored sister, Alex's ravishing new wife.
But she could cost them their lives. Someone's out to get them. To destroy their dreams. To plunge them into a paranoid world where every sound could be the last thing they ever hear.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 16/08/1990
- Category: Horror & ghost stories
- ISBN: 9780747235231
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Review by presto
Alex Doyle is journeying from Philadelphia the San Francisco in his new Thunderbird to join Courtney, his recent bride, and start a new life. Travelling with him is Colin, Courtney's eleven year old brother, who being orphaned will be living with them, making the trip together seemed like a good opportunity to get to know one another.But someone is following them, they notice the van soon after they leave Philadelphia, they make jokes about it, but soon the jokes turn to horror as they realise the driver of the van really is after them, and not with good intentions.This early novel by Dean Koontz dating from 1972 orginally published under the pen name K R Dwyer, is a relatively short read, but it is not short on tension or drama, and it will have you flipping the pages as fast as you can turn them. Both Alex and Colin are well drawn characters, and Colin especially will win hearts as the slightly frail but very intelligent bespectacled boy trying hard to grow up. The interaction between Alex and Colin is every bit as much part of the story as the chase.