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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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  • Daniel
  • Milford, DE, United States
  • 06-10-06

a good book

I've listened to all the other Koontz books and really enjoyed them. This was good and I squeezed in time to finish. I enjoyed watching the world through the eyes of someone changing, unlike others I enjoy the unabridged works. Definitely worth the credit but read the others! I'm still waiting to be surprised at the end like odd thomas.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great storyteller

Koontz holds my attention better than anyone out there today. A story full of twist, slides and character movement. I highly and heartily reccomend this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Koontz lives up to his good reputation

This is a good read. It follows Dean's usual build, suspense, scare, and finally an ending that isn't tragic.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Could use a better narrator

I love Dean Koontz, and this novel is no exception. The narrator, though, is difficult to listen to ... he over enunciates and his voice is too narrow in vocal range.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not the usual but good!

Not what I expected from Koontz but very good! The characters were easy to like and the plot was good. The story flows along well and the action keeps you guessing! Get this one!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Marci
  • Crown Point, IN, USA
  • 09-19-06

Narrator Stinks!

I can't tell you how annoying I find this narrator. He pauses every three words for some perverse kind of "dramatic effect" that so distracts from the story that I can't stand listening. The content of the book is OK - but I'd take any book by Harlan Coben over this one.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Dr.
  • Mill Valley, CA, United States
  • 06-08-06

inacurrate and repetitive

The basic story is interesting but the wording is repetative and there are inaccuracies in a lot of the medical information (current treatment of migraines as an example) I accidentally listened to the second part 1st and it could have stood by itself. Much of the 1st part was unnecessary. I think it could be condensed to a much more fast paced novel. The same trees and plants are described over and over again.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Average novel and performance

I get that the narrator was going for an eery sort of performance but it was a touch too much. might have worked if he built up to it but it sounded too ominous almost from the beginning. passable reading and story

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Koontz is more than a mystery writer

As always, Mr. Koontz gives us depth of character along with suspense and plots that always surprises

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A Tale Woven with Love

Some highly educated parents in the 1950s and 1960s adopted bizarre psychological tools to "train" their offspring. The long term effect of their cruel child rearing technique resulted in psychopathic children. This is the story of a boy who overcome his childhood torture to become a loving and caring husband.
A loving bond between a man and his wife, forged despite their difficult childhoods, keeps these two strong even when all seems lost.