Martie Rhodes is a young wife, a successful video game designer, and a compassionate woman who takes her agoraphobic friend, Susan, to therapy sessions. Susan is so afraid of leaving her apartment that even these trips to the doctor’s office become ordeals for both women-but with each trip a deeper emotional bond forms between them.
Then on morning Martie experiences a sudden and inexplicable fear of her own, a fleeting but disquieting terror of...her own shadow. The episode is over so quickly it leaves her shaken but amused. The amusement is short-lived. For as she is about to check her makeup, she realizes that she is terrified to look in the mirror and confront the reflection of her own face.
As the episodes of the traumatic condition-autophobia- build, the lives of Martie and her husband, Dustin, change drastically, Desperate to discover the reason for his wife’s sudden and seemingly inevitable descent into mental chaos, Dusty takes Marie to the renowned therapist who has bene treating Susan, and tries to reconstruct the events of recent months in a frantic search for clues. As he comes closer to the shocking truth, Dusty finds himself afflicted with a condition more bizarre and fearsome than Martie’s.
No fan of Dean Kootz or of classic psychological suspense will want to miss this extraordinary novel of the human mind’s capacity to torment-and destroy-itself. In False Memory, Dean Koontz has created a novel that will stay in your memory long after the final page is turned-a story not only of gripping fear but also of the power of love and friendship. Once more Koontz reveals why he is, as People put it, the “power to scare the daylights out of us.”
False memory by Dean Koontz