The Mask Book Summary and Study Guide

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Paul and Carol Tracy are a happily married, career oriented couple who are aching to adopt a baby. Carol was once a troubled pregnant teen who gave her child up for adoption, and in the birthing process she lost her ability to bear another child of her own (and almoast lost her life).
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A series of strange happenings begin to occur; Strange weather (which is a a predominant theme in the book). Carol and her adopted mother Grace sharing threatening, terrifying dreams. Grace's cat, who undergoes mysterious changes in behavior. Poltergeistic sounds and movements in the Tracy's home, etc., and a beautiful teen girl who appears out of nowhere and walks right in front of Carol's moving car, being struck but not seriously injured.

Carol begins to visit the teen girl in the hospital out of a dual sense of guilt and a love for kids. The sweet, pleasant girl suffers from selective amnesia and cannot remember her name or anything about where she came from. She is dubbed Jane Doe, and Carol and Jane quickly develop a sincere bond with each other. Over a few days, no family comes forth to claim her, and she has nowhere to go when released from the hospital. Carol and Paul gladly open their home to the mysterious girl and treat her like family until her own kin can locate her and bring her home.

Jane has been sharing the bizarre aforementioned dreams also, but the dreams frighten her and she decides to keep them to herself.

Carol, being a child psychiatrist, begins to treat Jane with hypnotherapy, hoping that this will help her recover from her amnesia and remember her past. She is curious to find that the girl speaks in abnormal voices while under hypnosis, becomes sometimes vile, and claims more than one past.

Carol takes the girl to her cabin in the mountains for fresh air and a nice change of scenery, planning to continue their sessions there. But Carol has no idea of the unfathomable position she has put herself into; and has not a clue of the cycle of ferocious, supernatural, bloody revenge that is headed her way.

Paul and Grace get more than a clue throughout the book. Near the ending they have to battle the mystic, paranormal forces that struggle to keep them from rescuing Carol and Jane at the cabin.

The review of this Book prepared by Teresa Thornton

The Mask is a boring book because its plot is very trite.
Even being written by Dean Koontz, my favorite author,
I have to say it's a terrible book. It's readable, but
definitely, a very boring reading.
The review of this Book prepared by Marco Aurelio

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror Story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   bad dreams Amnesia story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   trader    -   psychiatrist Age:    -   20's-30's Has special powers?    -   Yes Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   flamed    -   decapitated    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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