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The Husband | [Dean Koontz]

The Husband

With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.
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Publisher's Summary

With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes, and the pulse rate, higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself, and to a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever.

What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill?

We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare.

Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch's wife and he's named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way.

If he loves his wife enough...Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got 72 hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he'll pay a lot more. He'll pay anything.

From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation, until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there's no other experience quite like it.

©2006 Dean Koontz; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Koontz ratchets up the tension....[A] pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Doug Hillsboro, OH, USA 06-21-06
    Doug Hillsboro, OH, USA 06-21-06 Member Since 2001
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    "An easy and entertaining listen"

    Another great Koontz story with that just flies by. Great story development and the Koontz classic "innocent yet determined" central character. You will love it if you are an Odd Thomas fan.

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    Barbara Ashfield, MA, USA 06-20-06
    Barbara Ashfield, MA, USA 06-20-06
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    "Surprises"

    Great story! Just when you think you're following the plot it twists and turns and keeps you on your toes. Couldn't put it down. (Which with audio means spending a lot more time in the driveway when I get home from work!)
    Really enjoying Koontz' books, this is one of my favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Northridge, CA, United States 06-19-06
    Daniel Northridge, CA, United States 06-19-06 Member Since 2015
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    "Painful details"

    While this book makes a good listen I would not buy it again. First of all, this production would have been better served with a different voice talent. I found the voice spectrum too narrow to be dealing with so many charaters - and quite frankly annoyingly soft.

    While the story has a surprising twist, the authors (oftentimes) prosaic detailing of the scenes is a bit distracting and does not add to the tension (there is only so many times one needs a detailed explanation of the Santa Ana winds).

    The ending was a huge letdown, standard fare of "knight in shining armor" rescue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Raleigh, NC, USA 11-27-07
    Deborah Raleigh, NC, USA 11-27-07
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    "The Husband"

    Wow, should have had more faith in the other reviewers. What a waste of time. I thoroughly enjoyed two of the "Odd" books, I hope this author isn't a "one trick pony". Buy something else, even watch the road while your driving other than waste your time.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    shirley K. Bigham 10-13-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Narrator beware"

    The story was good, a little overboard with some descriptions of plants, trees, etc. The narrator was slow, paused in places not appropiate. The story line was also "wordy". This was my first Koontz and I was not impressed.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 06-08-06
    Deborah 06-08-06
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    "Poorly written"

    Poorly written and poorly narrated. Koontz writes likes he's using a Thesaurus to replace words -- unnecessarily. It would read better if he wasn't trying to impress us with his vocabulary. It would read better if his characters weren't so implausible. It would be hard for any narrator to read this naturally.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    lynda blakney pembroke pines, florida, US 07-21-09
    lynda blakney pembroke pines, florida, US 07-21-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "wonderfully performed"

    I like listening to books because I can escape in my mind easily if it is read well ... I enjoyed this book and it was read well it was like I was watching it in my head ...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christy Franklin, IN, USA 06-07-09
    Christy Franklin, IN, USA 06-07-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Very good read."

    This was a wonderful book. If you like Koontz style this one is absolutely supurb. I liked it alot, and have read more than half of his books.

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    Russell 01-13-09
    Russell 01-13-09 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Good listen"

    Again Koontz writes a great book with an interesting plot, a situation that you can envision yourself in.
    The characters were believable and the pace was well maintained throughout the book.
    I didn't give it 5 stars because I thought the narrator could have done a better job with some of the passages and voice he portrayed for some of the characters.

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    galen leary 10-13-08
    galen leary 10-13-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Typical Koontz...which is good."

    I feel Koontz works have been only average as of late, but this is better than the previous works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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