Lightning by Dean Koontz

Lightning (1988)

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Publisher: Putnam, New York    
Book Description From Cover:      
  From a grand master of menace, here is an unforgettably haunting novel of inescapable and imperiled destiny.

Spirited Laura Shane lives a life whose escapes and rewards are inevitably weighed against the reckoning of a mysterious and fearsome creditor. Her existence is marked by crisis, from the hour of her birth on a stormy January night in 1955, when 'there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for year.' She narrowly escapes death as a stranger materializes out of the blizzard to guard her from the not-so-tender mercies of a drunken doctor and ensure her safe passage into the world.

The years go by, and ever more terrifying troubles plague her, but with increasing strength and courage Laura prevails - often with the almost miraculous involvement of the same stranger. She marries and becomes a mother but cannot shake the growing certainty that powerful forces are controlling her destiny. To what end? Is the stranger the guardian angel that he seems - or a devil in disguise?

Laura will learn the answers on the night of her thirtieth birthday, when once more the stranger appears, desperately needing her help if he is to survive. He then reveals the true nature of her awesome fate, but it is a revelation that will lead to even greater danger. Indeed Lightning has struck once more, shattereing the lives of Laura and her child. The adventure - and the terror - have just begun...
First Sentence:        
  A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years.

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