Strangers (Koontz novel)

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First edition
Author Dean Koontz
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Putnam
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 526
ISBN 0-399-13143-4
OCLC 50819625
LC Class CPB Box no. 2097 vol. 17

Strangers is a novel written by Dean Koontz, released in 1986.


A group of people are brought together by their different and equally strange maladies. There is Dominick who suffers from somnambulism, Ginger has unexplained lapses into a fugue state, Father Brendan loses his faith and later gains a miraculous 'gift', and Ernie who suffers from nyctophobia.

Dominick receives Polaroids that lead him to the Tranquility Motel, situated in the middle of the Nevada 'high-desert', thirty miles west of Elko. Together with Ned and Sandy, who run the restaurant next door to the motel, they discover that their true memories from the summer of the previous year may have been suppressed.

Later Ginger, Jorja, and the other people who stayed at the Tranquility Motel are contacted and invited to join the group. Ginger shares that their memories are suppressed by Azrael Blocks - a means of brainwashing induced through drugs and hypnotism. She received hypnotism as a treatment to uncover a cause of her malady.

The Tranquility 'community' are unaware that those behind the suppression are watching them. They are joined by Jack Twist (who was led to the Tranquility Motel by a series of postcards placed there by an insider) the group finally come up with a strategy to uncover the government secret that has been hidden at the Thunder Hill Depository in the hills.

Primary Characters[edit]

  • Dominick Corvaisis, author
  • Ginger Weiss, surgeon
  • Ernie Block, U.S.M.C. (ret.), and his wife, Faye Block
  • Brendan Cronin, priest and curate
  • Jack Twist, former Army Ranger and P.O.W., professional thief
  • Jorja Monatella, formerly Rykoff, Las Vegas casino cocktail waitress
  • Alan Rykoff, Jorja's estranged husband
  • Marcie Rykoff, their young daughter
  • Sandy Sarver, diner waitress, and her husband, Ned Sarver, short-order cook
  • Leland Falkirk, U.S. Army Colonel
  • Parker Faine, artist
  • Stefan Wycazik, parish priest

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