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a prequel to The CityThe year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other’s best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents’ unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to thea prequel to The CityThe year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other’s best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents’ unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night....

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Number of Pages : 33 Pages
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The Neighbor Reviews

  • Bobby Underwood
    2019-04-06 14:37

    If you’ve ever wondered how good a short story can be, Dean Koontz reminds us in The Neighbor. While it is touted as a prequel of sorts to his novel, The City, you need not have read it — I confess I haven’t yet — to enjoy this mesmerizing and tender short story.Koontz immediately sucks us into the world of gangly 12 year old Malcolm and his beautiful 17 year old sister, Amalia, whom Malcolm adores. Their parents are terrible, and Malcolm describes their house as being like Poe’s House of Usher just before it sank into the swamp. Music is an escape for them, Malcolm finding the one thing he is graceful at in the Saxophone, while his very talented sister plays the clarinet and wants to be a writer. They also share a love for Big Band music of the 1930s and 1940s, which they play on vinyl records in the garage to avoid parents who hardly speak to one another. It is little touches like these which separate Koontz from the pack.At the center of the story is the house next door, once belonging to recently deceased teacher Rupert Clockenwell. Someone is turning on lights at night in the old house, and Malcolm and his sister Amalia decide to pay the new neighbors a visit. Except there are no new neighbors, only sad revelations, and great danger. To reveal more would ruin this touching and enthralling short story I truly loved.In addition to being an amazing read, it reminded me why I so often prefer Koontz to King. Though the novels of both have become bloated as of late, they both excel — when they want to — at the short form. But Koontz’s attitude in regard to the human spirit, and the spiritual in general, sets him apart for this reader. Everything I love about Koontz — when he’s at the top of his game — is on display here in this tender and unforgettable short story. Highly recommended.

  • Alejandro
    2019-04-17 17:42

    I am huge fan of Dean Koontz so it isn't easy for me when I read something by him that it wasn't good. I was meditating to give it a 3-star rating but at the end, I realized that this short story was just okay, so the 2-star rating was sadly the right call in my opinion.The narrative is nothing out of the ordinary, the premise and development is predictable and even something too much seen in other places, you only have to watch some episodes of Criminal Minds and adding the cliché paranormal factor of the haunted house next door and you have it.Also, nothing really happens since even when you think that something grose just happen, it is solved in magically way, so the characters hardly get any changes from what they were at the beginning of the story.Sadly I have to indicate that this short story is nothing that you need to put in your TBR list. You won't miss anything if you never read it.

  • Paul
    2019-04-23 16:41

    Dean Koontz brilliantly tugged at the coming of age of two impressionable youngsters. They lived in a time when the war in Vietnam was escalating. That in itself had no specific effect upon the storyline. This well-written short story gave me a look at the unpredictable dynamics of a family. The characters of this narrative were well-drawn. It was a captivating read - beginning to end.12-year-old Malcolm had been awoken in the middle of the night by a faint sound coming from the house next door. He couldn't tell what it was. Didn't sound quite human. It was a bit unnerving. The owner of the home, Rupert Clockenwall had died the previous month. He had lived alone there many years. Now it stood defiantly empty. Next morning Malcolm's older sister Amalia had mentioned she had heard a noise coming from the house too. Now it was confirmed.The siblings kept this matter hush-hush. They felt no one would believe them. Soon enough their curiosity got the better of them. The time had come for them to check out the whispering house. A door left ajar made for easy entry. Seemed too easy. Little did they know, they were not prepared for what they were about to face. The author tossed in a twist that I never saw coming. It was well executed. Trapped, there was no going back. The thunderous ending came out of nowhere. It had thrown me for a loop. Turned out, it would have been better for them to have stayed home. Too late now. They were drawn into a hopeless position that involved a battle of life or death.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2019-04-07 18:27

    I was going through my ebooks when I found this little novella and thought "what the heck, it's short and I don't know what to read next". Then, I realized it was the prequel to The City. But fortunately, it was not that bad and I actually liked it better than The City.It was a quick read about an event before the siblings Malcolm and Amelia met Jonah. You really don't need to read this before you read The City, well you really don't need to read it after either. But at least it was better then The City. I liked Malcolm and Amelia and I would rather have read a book about them and the boring The City.

  • Mandy
    2019-04-17 13:25

    Fab creepy little tale

  • Rachael
    2019-04-20 19:41

    A short story about a 12 year old boy and his 17 year old sister whose neighbour has passed away, but then they see the lights on in his house...A very short, somewhat predictable tale that weaves aspects of the supernatural with your typical creepy neighbour story. Entertaining enough and not too bad for a free kindle book.

  • Calvin Dean
    2019-03-24 15:37

    The Neighbor is a short story by Dean Koontz. The house next door sits vacant. Mr. Clockenwall died of a massive heart attack a month earlier. Twelve-year-old, Malcolm, viewed the old man, a retired English teacher, as quiet, one who kept to himself. But one night, an unusual sound drew Malcolm and his older sister, Amalia, into the vacant home. Amalia confides that Mr. Clockenwall gave her the creeps, and for good reason. She admonished Malcolm never to set foot in his home alone. Malcolm can’t resist. Forces working beyond Malcolm’s control draw him into home. He finds scrapbooks, pictures and newspaper clippings. In the basement, he finds more evidence of a man with problems. Will the force overcome him? And his sister?

  • Denise
    2019-03-31 14:46

    A little too short to have much substance, but it was ok.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-03-27 17:44

    Dean Koontz’s THE NEIGHBOR, a novella, e-short story to prepare- tantalize, readers for the exiting upcoming book, THE CITY. PS. Just finished THE CITY, as received an ARC (it is like no other book-5 stars). Had to go back and read, the e-short story, (as did not want to miss a thing)!THE NEIGHBOR gives you a little background of Malcom Pomerantz, a little OCD, a musician, and saxophone child prodigy, and very inquisitive young boy of twelve.Malcom is white and his best friend, Jonah is black, also a musician and a piano prodigy. They met in 1967, when Jonah and his mom moved in with Jonah’s grandfather, across the street from Malcom’s family. THE CITY is more about Jonah, even though Malcom and his sister are part of the book, as well.Jonah is eccentric, talented, smart, intuitive and Malcom is a talented, comedian, and geek misfit. Together they make a dynamic duo of music, mischief, and dreams---you cannot even imagine. They meet when Jonah is ten and Malcom, twelve.They grow up friends, and at age fifty-seven and fifty-nine, Jonah tells his story into a tape recorder—his story will become THE CITY, starting back before age seven. Along with this incredible, suspenseful, an engaging, story and a big part of THE CITY, is Amalia, Malcom’s big sister, age seventeen. They were very close—she is smart, talented, a writer, and an old soul.In early June, nearly a month before Jonah moved across the street, some strange things began happening one door west of him, at the former Rupert Clockenwall place (who died of a massive heart attack the month prior). Is there a story here about this guy, and was he really Teacher of the Year material? The late Clockenwall’s only surviving relative was a brother who lived far away and the house is empty with ghosts and much more, as they discover a past and evidence which proves this guy was very disturbed.Of course, having the usual fantasy life of a twelve-year-old there was sometimes imagined dramas when none existed. Rupert seemed to have been too bland a soul to come back from the grave on a haunt? Who was Melinda Lee—a middle school girl who three months before her thirteenth birthday, went missing? What does this guy have to do with his sister and the cross she began wearing at age fifteen? Read both books.Mesmerizing. You will not be disappointed!

  • Tara
    2019-04-09 21:42

    Malcolm and his sister Amalia have a less than idyllic childhood, filled with secondhand smoke and TV dinners. Their father is cold and emotionally distant, while their mother lives to watch television and gossip with the (other) neighbor. The two children, although five years apart, are very close. The strength of the love between the siblings ends up being of utmost importance to the resolution of the story.This is a short-story prequel to Dean Koontz's upcoming novel "The City," which will be coming out on July 1st. Whereas "The City" is the story of musical prodigy Jonah Kirk, "The Neighbor" is the story of Jonah's lifelong best friend, Malcolm Pomerantz and the strange events that happened a few weeks before the two men met as young boys. From what I can tell, this is a standalone story – you can read it even if you don't plan to read "The City," and/or you can read "The City" without reading this story. But if you like ghost stories, "The Neighbor" is worth grabbing. It's a great quick and spooky read with both human and supernatural scariness. The characters of Malcolm and Amalia are very likeable, and I'm curious to read more about them in "The City" (even though it's not *their* story).

  • Lady
    2019-04-06 20:49

    Unclean Spirit...This is a prequel to The City: A Novel and should be read first.This short eerie story explains about the vacant house next to Malcom and Amalia's childhood home. They discover secrets they would have rather not know in the pursuit of being neighborly with the new neighbor they assume moved in at 3 am the night before. What happens next will overshadow their lives forever!Full of suspense this short and chilling thriller sets a very supernatural tone to the neighborhood where the characters from The City: A Novel grow up. I don't want to give spoilers but this is a definite prerequisite for reading the novel! I can't wait to read The City: A Novel and find out what happens next to these intrepid youngsters raising themselves and taking care of their parents in the turbulent times of the late 60s!***This novella and the corresponding book are suitable for adult readers due to mature and sensitive subject matter

  • Obsidian
    2019-04-16 18:27

    It's been a while since I actually read and reviewed a Dean Koontz book that was not part of his Odd Thomas series. I used to love to read Dean Koontz when I was younger and devoured Strangers, Watchers, The Servants of Twilight, Ticktock (which was more adventure/funny than scary and I loved it), and a collection of short stories that I mentioned yesterday, Strange Highways. Then I don't know what happened. I started to find myself not loving all of his more recent fare and then just outright not liking them. I finally stopped buying his books because I felt like I was reading the same plot over and over again with new character names. I was tired of reading about this super women that seemed to have no flaws and only existed to further along the hero's plot. I decided to take a gamble on this short story since hey it was .99 cents and clocked in at 33 pages. I have to say. I am very glad that I did.This short story really reminded me of old school Dean Koontz. What I mean by that is that you have the story building to a climax and there are no international organizations out to destroy the world, there are no aliens, and most importantly there are no dogs.There is just a story of 12 year old Malcolm who loves his sister Amalia the most in this world since they were dealt a crappy hand and have two parents who treat them like slaves.So what would be the worse thing to have happen to this boy? What do you think?This short story explores that and more. We actually have an interesting tale of a neighbor who was just a man who also was more than he appeared. And this story reminded me again that sometimes people who are truly evil can live next door. I highly recommend!

  • Debra
    2019-04-01 20:40

    This was a short and fast read, 33 pages actually. It pulled me in from the very beginning and kept me wanting more. This book is a Prequel to "The City", hoping The City is as moving and spooky as this one.Yikes!! The Neighbor:Every city has its wonders and mysteries. For the Pomerantz family, the most disturbing mystery at the moment is the identity and the intentions of their new neighbor, in this eBook original short story—a prequel to The City, the gripping and moving new novel by Dean Koontz.The year is 1967. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, geeky and socially awkward, while his seriously bright sister, Amalia, is spirited and beautiful. Each is the other’s best friend, united by a boundless interest in the world beyond their dysfunctional parents’ unhappy home. But even the troubled Pomerantz household will seem to be a haven compared to the house next door, after an enigmatic and very secretive new neighbor takes up residence in the darkest hours of the night.

  • R.A. White
    2019-04-23 13:38

    A short and creepy story. It's amazing how I could feel like I knew the characters so well in such a short time, but that's one thing I love about Dean Koontz. Now I'm ready to read The City! As if I wasn't, already…Language: I don't remember any bad words, exactly, but the 'bad guy' is really bad and there's some disturbing stuff.Sexual Content: I guess ditto on 'Language'.Overall Message/Theme: It's a short story, not a thesis, but it does illustrate how often the most 'normal' people are actually villains, and that we can be better than those who came before us, in particular, our parents.

  • Monnie
    2019-04-13 16:50

    This short story - just 33 pages - is a prequel to The City, the author's latest novel. Since I haven't read the book yet (it's next on my list), I'm not sure how important it is to read this story, released as a Kindle single. But I do know it's excellent on its own.It took less than half an hour to read, and yes, what takes place here makes me want to read more (which, I suppose, is one of the main reasons some authors have taken to writing these little ditties). Set in 1967, it's about 12-year-old Malcolm Pomerantz, a gifted musician, and his equally gifted older sister Amalia. Their home life is not a very happy one, and they rely on each other for comfort and companionship. Amalia, however, has earned a full scholarship to college and will be leaving the nest - and her brother - soon.One night, Malcolm notices lights on in the house next door - a house that's stood empty since the owner, a former school teacher, passed away. When Malcolm learns that his sister also saw activity in the house, the two can't resist paying a visit to see what's going on. What they find is creepy and kooky, mysterious and spooky. And isn't that great?

  • Alex Larragoity
    2019-04-16 21:35

    Normalmente batallo con los finales de Dean Koontz, normalmente siento que es mejor que no trate de justificar sus historias porque es muy común que la justificación me quite "el buen sabor" que había traído leyendo la novela."The Neighbor" es un preludio a otra novela que se llama "The City". Es una lectura muy corta (de apenas 33 páginas) pero tiene todo lo bueno de Dean Koontz, y sí, por lo corto de la misma, no alcanza a llegar a un final decepcionante (aunque estuvo cerca).Cumplió su objetivo de provocarme ganas de leer "The City", porque en pocas hojas consiguió que sintiera a los personajes, que sintiera preocupación por ellos y que quisiera saber qué más les está pasando. Además, consigue generar intriga e inclusive suspenso y un poco de terror.Espero pronto leer la novela completa.Lo recomiendo solo para los que les guste Dean Koontz o para los que quieran leer "The City". No es muy recomendado como novela (o cuento) por separado.

  • Kaora
    2019-03-27 15:26

    An enjoyable short story about ghosts. Kept me entertained for the most part but it didn't have the haunting writing that drew me to Dean Koontz before.

  • Matt
    2019-04-15 14:24

    A good short ghost story with a link to the bigger novel coming next month (The City).

  • Kelley Richardson
    2019-04-24 15:47

    Very scary for a very short read! Very good!

  • Donna Hines
    2019-03-26 19:43

    A prequel to The City with all the bizarre ties to a vacant property that appears to be on haunted grounds from a secret past involving possible kidnapping, imprisonment and oh yes maybe even a murder.We begin with the Pomerantz Family in this short story ( Audio is 1 cd=1hr).The storyline occurs in 1967 with Malcolm (12yo) an awkward preteen who enjoys music and his sax and his sister Amalia (17yo)the blessed one who is a superb clarinet player . They both belong to a rather dysfunctional family in which the mother is a chain smoker and homemaker and the dad is cold as ice as a machinist. 1967 would prove to be 'Unforgettable' and along the way the troubled family is met with a scenario that's uncovered right next door. It seems that the previous owner Mr. Rupert Clockwell passed away from a heart attack taking to his grave his own unnerving past. Riddled with seeing lights on and spooky sounds and activity the children decide to check it out and what they uncover is just as nutty as the remainder of the storyline.The plot for me was mediocre and not at all thrilling with characters that were not relatable.A quick read nonetheless but with little to offer in terms of imaginative play.Malcolm has his own out of body experiences and takes matters into his own hands literally and figuratively against his sister and then uncovers 'evidence' left behind of a past crime from Mr. Clockwell that wasn't quite convincing for me even if written down from a scrapbook for all the world to see.The 'haunted house' eventually was unable to be sold ( can't imagine why) but was able to be enjoyed by the community as a park. Perhaps the moral is be careful because you never know just who is watching you and keeping notes on your every move.Is it possible to love someone too much say a sister or brother to the point of obsession? Well I suppose you'll just have to find out on your own as I'm outta here.... :)

  • Lori
    2019-04-24 21:24

    Short and Good. Prequel to The City.

  • Sharon Powers
    2019-04-09 14:25

    THE NEIGHBOR by Dean Koontz[A short story prequel to the novel, The City] BRIEF SYNOPSIS: In this prequel to The City: A Novel by Dean Koontz, publishers have told us that twelve-year-old Malcolm, lives at home with his dysfunctional parents (who can't stand each other) and his best friend and sister Amalia. The geeky and socially awkward Malcolm and his beautiful and intelligent sister have their curiosity piqued when a very secretive and enigmatic neighbor moves in to a neighboring house in the dark of night.WHAT I THINK ABOUT THE PREQUEL (SHORT STORY): Since I've already completed the review of The City: A Novel, we know that Malcolm is Jonah's friend. This short story takes place shortly before Malcolm and Jonah meet for the first time. The story is so short that if I tell you too much, you'll figure out the punchline. But, I think I can tell you that the story really goes far in showing the relationship between Malcolm and Amalia (Malcolm's sister). The two work together to figure out what is going on next door. The story is suspenseful and spooky and great fun to read.This story was great fun. 4.5 stars, er...cookies out of 5! [14] The story was short, so I read it quickly. The cost was only $.99, so I thought it to be a good bargain for the quality of the story. I highly recommend this Dean Koontz short to everyone! I rate it 4.5 stars out of 5 for the reasons I have stated and just because I enjoyed it so much. Thank you all for joining me, today, as we looked at Dean Koontz's exciting new book release, The City: A Novel. Please join me, again, next week when we will look at a new title that will shortly be coming to the big screen. God bless you all. Be kind to each other, and don't forget to pick up a book and read for a little bit, every day. Reading is fun, good for your brain, your heart, your life. Take care, my friends, and I will see you next week.You can see the post of this book at Sharon's Love of Books with all the graphic images included, as well as the review of The City: A Novel, by Dean Koontz (Release Date 07-01-14). I will be posting this post on 06-18-14 (in the late afternoon).Until next time......many happy pages of reading.All my love,Sharon.

  • John
    2019-03-31 17:23

    what book is 41 pages long? short story, thankfully

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-04-06 14:50

    I have read some incredible books by this favourites being some of his earlier works like Watchers, Strangers and Intensity but sadly have been a bit disappointed with some of the latest books – i haven’t been able to get into the Odd Thomas Series at all!!! But his latest book, The City, looked so good and before starting that one, decided to read the prequel.A short introduction to some of the characters that will play a part in The City. Malcolm Pomerantz is twelve, a bit of a nerd and his lovely older sister Amalia form part of a really weird …let’s say beyond dysfunctional family…. Their mother gave me the creeps!!!!Their next door neighbour has died......and we soon discover that he was a really really bad man!!!!Jonah moves in next door with his family and soon he and Malcom become best friends, whose friendship spans a few decades.It was a good set-up for The City.....creepy, weird and strange things happening all around....what we have come to expect from this author and it really “perked” my interest to wanting to read The City. I am looking forward to a good book there!!!

  • Orkney Dean
    2019-03-28 21:45

    My lowest score ever for any book which I surprise myself by doing especially for a writer I love so much.The Neighbor is a short story introduction to the upcoming novel The City and is written from the point of view of the secondary character in the main novel.It failed to excite me as Mr Koontz usually does and lead me to thinking this must be a great money-maker for him, to release shorts before major releases. I refuse to go on trying to put the writer down as he has written so much better in the past and I will buy The City in the hope it is as good as his usual work. So to cut my review to four simple words ..... could have been better.

  • Barry Simiana
    2019-03-27 18:32

    I'm kind of liking how Dean Koontz is prefacing his latest book with a shorty read a few weeks before the big release. This book precedes a novel called " The City" dur 1st July or so but will stands quite well as its own story.It's a good little read, setting up a familiar story and taking it not a new vein. Not terrifying, but creepy. It's a great way to cruise into another longer piece.My only critique-and at this time it is mine lone - but why are the character "voices" in the last few books all sounding like Odd Thomas created them?Still a good read.

  • Daniel
    2019-03-29 19:51

    Dean Koontz is a master storyteller, and this little snippet really sheds light on his well-known talent. This is such an intimate story between a brother and sister who are drawn closer to each other through an brief but disturbing experience. Koontz does such a great job cultivating characters that really resonate. Cynics will bypass this story as being marketing drivel for Koontz's latest book "The City", but Koontz treated this story with respect and one will not regret taking an afternoon to digest this solid piece of work.

  • Linda
    2019-04-09 20:36

    This story, a prequel to The City, captivates you from the beginning and doesn't let you go until the end. It addresses an incident in the lives of Malcolm and his sister when he was incident involving his deceased neighbor's house. It provides enough of a background on Malcolm and Amalia that they quickly become acquaintances and you are eager to find out more about them. I am a long time fan of Dean Koontz and as always, his writing style is mesmerizing and alive, and I look forward to reading the upcoming novel.

  • Diane Lynch
    2019-03-30 14:31

    Very good book. Traditional scary book which I love. Much better than the book it is a prequel to, The City. I read it in 1 night. That is rare for me. I read this book after The City. It doesn't matter the order you read these books. I am glad I read it second. I would have had too much information about some of the characters. I may not have stayed as interested in The City as I was because of that. The Neighbor was written in true Dean Koontz WOW mode.

  • Alexandra
    2019-04-06 18:25

    Malcolm and his older sister Amalia both see strange lights on in an empty house. And both are curious , as the house has been empty since the man previously living in it. Suddenly died. While baking cookies with her brother. Amalia decides to give the new occupants a batch of cookies. As they walk over to the house, this is where the strangeness begins. This book is a mini prequel to his novel The City. Which I shall look forward to reading.