The Key to Midnight

By Dean Koontz

A haunting nightmare is the most important to at least one woman's mysterious prior within the spine-tingling novel from number 1 New York Times bestselling writer Dean Koontz.

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He took your desire away just for a short time. He can’t win in the end except you permit him to win. What does he do now? Please inform me, Joanna. ” “He touches me there. ” “Where does he contact you? ” “Between my legs. ” “And then? ” “He’s grinning. ” “And then? ” “Click, click on, click on. ” “Go on. ” She was once silent. “Joanna? ” She stated, “I desire ... ” “Yes? ” “... a minute. ” “Take your time,” Inamura acknowledged. He glanced at Alex, and his eyes printed an enormous disappointment. Alex regarded down at his arms. They have been fisted on his knees. He desired to beat Herr Doktor till his knuckles have been scraped and uncooked, until eventually each bone in his palms used to be damaged, until eventually his palms have been so weary that he may perhaps now not raise them from his facets. On its perch within the cage, the myna erupted in a quick rage, flapping its wings frenziedly ahead of unexpectedly going as nonetheless as if it had noticed a predator. In that drab voice borrowed from a person lifeless, as if she have been channeling a despairing spirit that used to be trapped in Hell, she acknowledged, “Touching me among the legs. chilly metal. Clicking so loud. Like explosions. ” “And then? ” “He opens me. ” “And then? ” “Puts one. ” “Does what? ” “Puts one in every of his metal arms. ” “Puts it the place? ” “Inside me. ” “Be extra particular. ” “Isn’t that enough—what I acknowledged? ” “No. You mustn’t be afraid to assert it essentially. ” “Into ... my vagina. ” “You’re doing good. You have been used extraordinarily. yet so as to disregard, you need to first bear in mind. move on. ” Her fingers have been nonetheless clasped protectively over her breasts. “The clicking noise fills me, fills me within, so loud, echoing via me. ” “And then? ” “I’m afraid he’ll damage me. ” “Does he damage you? ” “He threatens me. ” “What does he threaten to do? ” “He says he’ll... tear me aside. ” “And then? ” “He grins. ” “And then? ” after which? after which? after which? move on. pass on. after which? after which? move on. Alex desired to press his fingers over his ears. He compelled himself to pay attention, simply because if he was hoping to proportion the simplest of lifestyles along with her, he has to be ready to proportion the worst besides. Inamura probed at Joanna’s psyche within the demeanour of a dentist meticulously drilling away each hint of rotten subject and micro organism in an contaminated enamel. The brutal revelations of repeated rape and perverse sex—in addition to the much more chilling tale of the “treatment” that she had endured—left Alex vulnerable. He nurtured the blackest possible hatred for the folks who had stolen her prior and who had handled her as they could have handled any animal. He was firm to discover the fellow with the mechanical hand and each one in every of that bastard’s affiliates. yet revenge must come later. in the meanwhile, shell-shocked by means of the hideous occasions that Joanna used to be recalling for Dr. Omi Inamura, Alex didn’t have even sufficient energy to talk. the rest of the interrogation lasted in basic terms 5 - 6 mins. while Joanna responded the final query, she became on her part and drew her knees up, assuming the fetal place once again. Unconcerned approximately what the health care provider may perhaps say, Alex obtained out of his chair and knelt beside her.

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