Despite her deformed left leg and withered left hand, nine-year-old Leilani Klonk radiates a buoyant and indomitable spirit that inspires Micky. Beneath Leilani's effervescence, however, Micky comes to sense a quiet desperation that the girl dares not express. Leilani's mother is little more than a child herself, and her stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is educated but threatening. Slowly, ever more troubling details emerge in Leilani's conversations with Micky. Most chilling is Micky's discovery that Leilani had an older brother, also disabled, who vanished after Maddoc took him into the woods one night and is now "gone to the stars".
While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. So Micky sets out across America to find them: for the first time living for something bigger than herself. One Door Away from Heaven is an incandescent mix of suspense and humor, fear and wonder, a story of redemption and timeless wisdom that will have listeners cheering.
©1991 Dean Koontz; (P)1991 Random House, Inc.
Love to read as I drive; never leave home without. Love the Cousins O'Dwyer Books #1 - made me feel I was there. Narrator X-celent! Purrfekt
Absolutely LOVED this story AND the "reader" - this was so synchronistic - storyline and reader. More like this one would be relished! Definately a HIGHLY PRIZED work in my 'collection' and recommendations
The long length of the story, excellent narration, bio-ethical disgussion.
Ought one feel the right to....
I didn't think this book was one of Koontz's best, but it was entertaining enough to keep me interested. I did like the narration and was able to finish it without forcing myself. Overall I would recommend this book for those who like Koontz.
Best Book Ever!
Small disclosure; I read this book when I was young and it was THE book that encouraged me to read. The plot of the story was something I could relate to because I had a twisted childhood as did some of the characters.
This was my favorite book for YEARS until I read Bryce Courtenay's Power of One. This was the first book I ever read by Dean Koontz and I was just discovering an interest in political issues as a kid, and I loved how he incorporated that twist into the book in a way that wasn't overbearing. I immediately bought all of his books I could get my hands on thinking they would be the same way (like Jodi Picoult's style of writing) but I was pleased to end up with a slew of type horrors books which led me to discover Steven King.
Bought the book without credits, because I wanted to see if the book was really that good, or if I glamorized it in my mind. I was blown away again by how much I loved the book. I loved all of the main characters and the way they interacted.
The book has a few eccentric characters, and part of the reason I bought the book again was to see how those parts would be read. She read it just as I imagined as a kid and I loved it.
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