Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Dean Koontz » Reviews » 77 Shadow Street

77 Shadow Street

1 rating: 4.0
By Dean Koontz

   I am the One, the all and the only. I live in the Pendleton as surely as I live everywhere. I am the Pendleton’s history and its destiny. The building is my place of conception, my monument, my killing ground. . . .    … see full wiki

1 review about 77 Shadow Street

A haunting, interesting, and intriguing novel

  • Dec 26, 2011
Dean Koontz is a best-selling writer who generally, but not always, writes novels that are somewhat haunting books filled with the supernatural, or, if not supernatural, the unusual. This book is no exception. The title itself alerts readers that they are about to encounter the uncanny. The number 7 has, probably, since the beginning of time struck people as being in some ways the secret of the universe. They saw seven heavenly bodies, other than the stars: the sun, moon, and five of the planets. The body is, by their calculation, comprised of seven parts: the head, two arms, two legs, and the upper and lower body torsos, the first good, the second bad. Thus, they used the number seven as an almost magic number in hundreds of ways, some indicating good and some bad, because the world and the human body are comprised of good and bad. Thus, the double 77 when combined with the word shadow indicates something especially bad. The shadow for many ancients was the dark side. Lacking the understanding of simple science, many thought of it as evil and dark, the hidden part of people.

This story takes place in a building with many condominiums, very expensive and usually luxurious. The inhabitants are strange, as Koontz lets us see. The building is quite old. It started as the home of a billionaire, when a billionaire meant a man with a large fortune. It passed at his death to different people and ultimately was redesigned as condominiums. But something is wrong. Every 38 years, around the same date, for a couple of days, there is rumbling as if there is an earthquake under it, and people disappear or are found dead. The novel opens when this is happening.

Koontz, as previously stated, introduces us to close to a dozen sometimes very queer inhabitants. Some of them are quite likeable. Others are despicable, including a murderer. But one character is seemingly all-powerful, seemingly omniscient, above the fray, insisting on controlling the inhabitants of his world, named ONE, evoking the title applied to God. He is manipulating all that is occurring. We read what he says, but we don't know who or where he is or why he acts as he does, at least not until far later in the book. Thus, because of ONE, the inhabitants, or some of them, die or disappear every 38 years, five times the magic number 7 plus the magic number 3. And thus, because of ONE, past events that occurred in the building on 77 Shadow Street are seen by the current inhabitants, and so too the future of the building flows downwards into the present.

Is this supernatural or something else? Is ONE a demon, a saint, God, or something or someone else? Where is he? And what happens to the inhabitants of 77 Shadow Street and why?
A haunting, interesting, and intriguing novel A haunting, interesting, and intriguing novel A haunting, interesting, and intriguing novel

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
December 26, 2011
Interesting review !
What's your opinion on 77 Shadow Street?
1 rating: +4.0
You have exceeded the maximum length.
First to Review
© 2014 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since