Later that same morning, Martie raids her own kitchen, hiding
knives and destroying potential weapons for fear of what she
could do with them. Then she remembers the gun in her upstairs
While Martie is experiencing the most severe panic attack she
has ever known, her husband Dusty stands on the ground of a
three-story construction site, convincing his brother Skeet
not to jump from the roof.
Martie’s friend Susan faces another day of waking up alone.
Her home has become her prison since she was struck with agoraphobia,
a fear of open spaces.
Psychiatrist Dr. Mark Ahriman seems to hold the key to the
solving these mysterious psychological challenges, but there
is more to his therapy than his patients know. Then Dusty accidently
says two words that open the door to his wife’s mind, and the
two find themselves on the run to protect their minds from a
man obsessed with power and fame.
As in many of his books, Koontz has two main characters, one
male and one female. Dusty is a simple working man lucky to
have his beautiful wife, Martie. Martie, the annoyingly perfect
female character, is reluctant to show any sign of weakness.
In this exciting but lengthy novel, Koontz exaggerates the
effects of mind control to show his readers how vulnerable people
can be when they put their trust in a stranger. He demonstrates
the power that one individual can receive once he has mastered
the minds of others.