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.
This was my first Koontz book I had ever listened to about eight years ago. The way he sews this story is incredible. His character development is perfect and the performance by Anne brings them to life. I would have to list this book in my top 25.
I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.
I first read this just before Christmas back in 2003 and it is, as te title says, possibly my favorite Koontz novel or very close to it.
The story opens with Michelina (Mickey) Bellsong, who is in the process of sunbathing in her aunt's backyard when she encounters a partially crippled though highly intelligent ten-year-old girl named Leilani Clonk. Though at first not inclined to take seriously Leilani's wild stories of a drug addicted mother and a murdering stepfather, a chance encounter with the woman, coupled with Leilani's own perceptive guesses about Mickey's own troubled past, cause Mickey to wonder if Leilani might not be telling the truth. When at Leilani's urging she researches the supposed murderer, Mickey discovers just how little time may be left to Leilani, a point driven home when the girl suddenly vanishes in the night. Completely free of doubt for the first time in many years, Mickey sets out on a daring, reckless mission to bring Leilani home, aided reluctantly by a burned out former police officer turned private investigator and also unknowingly by an orphaned boy who seems strangely out of place among humanity. But only time will tell whether they'll be able to save Leilani before her implacable enemy can put his twisted plans into action.
As usual with Koontz I liked the story, but actress Anne Twomey's cool, no-nonsense narration does an excellent job of bringing it to life and even capturing the Koontz brand humor that permeates all but a few of his novels, particularly in parts involving the orphan boy and his more comical misadventures when attempting to socialize. She also does a fine job with the book's two villains, both the sinister cheerfulness and unpredictability of Leilani's mother and Preston's cold calculation. If you haven't already listened to this one I highly recommend it. You might just enjoy it as much as I did.
We totally enjoyed this book...the characters, the stories, the descriptions..and especially the ending...really excellant. We are big fans of Koontz and this did not dissapoint us.
Not only was this entertaining but also I was educated in some very real and scary subjects and am now reading the authors recommendation. Thank You Mr. Koontz for this information. Thank you for this treasured story of triumph and inspiration. LOVED it!!
This book kept my interest from the beginning. The characters were identifiable and although the idea of extraterrestrial beings are far fetched for most the story keeps you interested.
another great story from Mr. Koontz, unfortunatly tho the reader is good, she fails to make use of the humor he slides into his tales
I feel that this is the weakest of Dean Koontz works. It just doesn't have the same magic than many of his other books.
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