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By Dean Koontz

#1 New York Times bestselling writer Dean Koontz's brilliantly exciting novel of suspense.

“A gripping novel…fast-paced and satisfying.”—People

in the middle of a raging snowfall, lightning struck at the evening Laura Shane was once born. And a mysterious blond-haired stranger confirmed up simply in time to save lots of her from demise.

Years later, within the wake of one other hurricane, Laura can be stored back. for somebody is gazing over her. yet simply as lightning illuminates, darkness continually follows shut at the back of.

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Chilly rain tapped at the place of work home windows, and that hole sound looked as if it would reverberate inside of him, as though the negative issues he had obvious had left him burnt out, an empty shell. He had kept Laura from the junkie in her father’s grocery, yet the following used to be one other pedophile already. one of many issues he had discovered from the experiments within the institute used to be that reshaping destiny used to be now not continually effortless. future struggled to reassert the trend that was once intended to be. possibly being molested and psychologically destroyed used to be such an immutable a part of Laura’s destiny that Stefan couldn't hinder it from occurring ultimately. possibly he couldn't shop her from Willy Sheener, or maybe if he thwarted Sheener, one other rapist might input the girl’s existence. yet he needed to attempt. these half-dead, joyless eyes... three Seventy-six teenagers resided on the McIlroy domestic, all twelve or more youthful; upon turning 13, they have been transferred to Caswell corridor in Anaheim. because the oak-paneled eating corridor might carry in basic terms 40, food have been served in shifts. Laura used to be at the moment shift, as have been the Ackerson twins. status within the cafeteria line among Thelma and Ruth on her first morning on the take care of, Laura observed that Willy Sheener was once one of many 4 attendants serving from in the back of the counter. He monitored the milk offer and allotted candy rolls with a couple of tongs. As Laura moved alongside the road, the Eel spent extra time taking a look at her than on the young ones he was once serving. “Don’t permit him intimidate you,” Thelma whispered. Laura attempted to fulfill Sheener’s gaze—and his challenge—boldly. yet she was once the person who consistently broke the staring fit. whilst she reached his station, he acknowledged, “Good morning, Laura,” and positioned a candy roll on her tray, a selected pastry he had stored for her. It was once two times as huge because the others, with extra cherries and icing. On Thursday, Laura’s 3rd complete day on the protect, she continued a how-are-we-adjusting assembly with Mrs. Bowmaine within the social worker’s first-floor workplace. Etta Bowmaine used to be stout, with an unflattering cloth cabinet of flower-print clothes. She spoke in clichés and platitudes with that gushy insincerity that Thelma had imitated completely, and she or he requested loads of inquiries to which she really didn't wish sincere solutions. Laura lied approximately how chuffed she was once at McIlroy, and the lies happy Mrs. Bowmaine vastly. Returning to her room at the 3rd flooring, Laura encountered the Eel at the north stairs. She became on the moment touchdown, and he was once at the subsequent flight, wiping the oak handrail with a rag. An unopened bottle of furnishings polish stood at the step lower than him. She iced over, and her center started to pound double time, for she knew he have been mendacity in look forward to her. He’d have recognized approximately her summons to Mrs. Bowmaine’s workplace and might have counted on her utilizing the closest stairs to come back to her room. They have been on my own. At any time one other baby or employees member may come alongside, yet for the instant they have been on my own. Her first impulse was once to retreat and use the south stairs, yet she remembered what Thelma had stated approximately status as much as the Eel and approximately how his sort preyed in basic terms on weaklings.

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