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 book was so interesting I had trouble putting it down, then I didn't want it to end. Skillfully told, bringing many separate factions together, it is magically woven.
Dean Koontz' One Door Away From Heaven is beautifully written. This work is more poetry than prose and you may find yourself lost in a siren's song, unaware of its lyrics. The main storyline is a step through the looking glass and a hourney with only shadowy ilumination of mysteries encountered. It is certainly one of my top five Koontz favorites.
I love books and animals. I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
This book, like many of Dean Koontz's books, was very well written "character development" wise, and pace.
However I had an issue with the plot, it seemed as though the story was going nowhere fast, and when we got there the ending left a less than a satifying taste behind.
I will give the narrator 5 stars though for doing a wonderful job of narrating this tale.
I really enjoyed the book and I didnt find it slow just anticipation was ongoing and hard to enjore:). Love it and would recommend it.
The girl remminded me of JUNo way beyond her years.
Thanks for a good read
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
I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.
This book has one of the most memorable heroines of all of Koontz's work. Unfortunately the story is not as good as the characters. The story drags, which is pretty unusual for Koontz. The antagonists are not as compelling as in better Koontz. Overall, I am still very glad I read it, for I enjoy my memories of the young heroine.
The main characters had well quirky personalities and I enjoyed them very much. They showed great humor in the face of poverty and violence. The overall story grew tiresome after some time. Maybe it should have ended sooner. Maybe i'm just not into aliens...or maybe it was the narrator?
Keeps you guessing
When I decided that the boy is an alien. I can't wait until the book brings the 2 stories together.
She's a great narrator, not distracting.
This book kept in a state of expectation, waiting to find out what is next.
I'm laid back, and chill. However, I will stand up for injustices whenever I see them. I won't turn a blind eye.
This book moves kind of slow. You are waiting for the climatic part to come along, but its slowly dragging. Finally it gets there, and its not mindblowing.
Definitely uses language to paint characters well
Gentle, not hurried
Look out for the outcasts of society and the weak.
In terms of some good action sequences and character development, I enjoyed many parts of this.
As a polemic for utilitarian bioethics, while he does cause you to think about the issues, I think the characters and some of the horrible things they did were overdrawn. It just isn't all that winsome if you are trying to convince a utilitarian. Most utilitarians are nearly this extreme, but the story does show where these things could go under the worst of circumstances.
Some parts are gross and disgusting and go on too long being gross and disgusting.
I did enjoy the author's portrayal of Curtis and Leilani who really were interesting young characters.
This author definitely loves dogs!
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