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by Dean Koontz

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Strange visions plague a man after he survives a near-death experience in this chilling thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Surviving a car accident on a snowy mountain road is miraculous for Lindsey Harrison, but even more so for her husband, Hatch, who was clinically dead for eighty minutes.


Strange visions plague a man after he survives a near-death experience in this chilling thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.

Surviving a car accident on a snowy mountain road is miraculous for Lindsey Harrison, but even more so for her husband, Hatch, who was clinically dead for eighty minutes.
After experimental procedures bring Hatch back to life, he awakens with the terrifying feeling that something is it out there. But it soon becomes apparent that the evil stalking Hatch is within him—a dark force of murderous rage that hides within us all...

Editorial Reviews

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“A chiller capable of leaving emotional bruises on readers.”—Associated Press

“Koontz leaps beyond the bounds of the usual supernatural thriller. Hideaway is a novel of ideas.”—Lexington Herald-Leader

“This is not just a chilling novel; it’s an igloo in mid-winter with the air-conditioning on. Taut…gripping...the ending is dead-solid perfect.”—The Raleigh News & Observer

“A taut serial-killer thriller and surprising occult fantasy. Chillingly convincing. It does exactly what it sets out to do and does it well.”—Locus

More Praise for Dean Koontz

“Dean Koontz is a prose stylist whose lyricism heightens malevolence and tension. [He creates] characters of unusual richness and depth.”—The Seattle Times

“Tumbling, hallucinogenic prose....‘Serious’ writers...might do well to examine his technique.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Lyrical writing and compelling characters...Koontz stands alone.”—Associated Press

“In every industry there exist ‘artists’ that are not only unforgettable, but know their craft better than the rest. Dean Koontz...is among these artisans.”—Suspense Magazine

“[Koontz] has always had near-Dickensian powers of description, and an ability to yank us from one page to the next that few novelists can match.”—Los Angeles Times

“Perhaps more than any other author, Koontz writes fiction perfectly suited to the mood of America...novels that acknowledge the reality and tenacity of evil but also the power of good...[and that] entertain vastly as they uplift.”—Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After a near-fatal car accident, a Californian must deal with the deranged killer with whom he now shares visions. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections in cloth. (Dec.)
School Library Journal
YA-- Koontz's latest thriller sits at the intersection of the weird and the ordinary. Once again, he explores a ``what if'' scenario in a most satisfying fashion. In this case, a near-death survivor accidentally carries a piggy-backing evil spirit through an open door from the afterlife. Hatch Harrison, the typical good-guy hero, is revived by a brilliant team of doctors more than an hour after drowning. Strange visions and half-waking dreams soon convince him that his recovery is not at all normal. His fears are soon magnified when people who have annoyed him are murdered, and he knows that he is somehow responsible. Paralleling the story of Hatch's recovery is the unfolding revelation of a young man so evil that ordinary people cannot imagine his existence. As he skulks about selecting victims to murder and mutilate, a bizarre bond develops between the two men. Gory incidents tumble one after another as the two men become locked in first a psychic and then a physical battle between good and evil. The violent climax is symbolically set in an abandoned amusement park where at last the true duel identity of the murderer is revealed. Once again, evil is resoundingly defeated, but as any Koontz fan knows, the victory is only temporary.--Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Koontz's novels crest bestseller lists not only for their heart-pounding horrors but also for their celebration of righteousness and redemption. Here, the author of Cold Fire, etc., offers his most overtly religious tale yet—a fiercely exciting battle between two men who have returned from the dead. The California-set conflict is as simple as good vs. evil. In a roaringly suspenseful opening, antique-dealer Hatch Harrison, the soul of sweetness, drowns during a car accident that nearly kills his wife Lindsey as well, and is surgically "reanimated" after a record 80 minutes dead. Meanwhile, a life-hating young man known only by his self-adopted demonic name of Vassago stalks the subbasement of a nearby abandoned amusement park, admiring the rotting bodies of those he's sacrificed to Satan in hopes of being allowed to return to hell—which he apparently visited during his own brush with death. Upon awakening, Hatch's first words are "Something's out there"—for he now suffers a psychic link with Vassago, who, days later, reaps a new "trophy" as Hatch helplessly flashes on the savage killing. And at the same time, Vassago flashes on Hatch's world, including Lindsey and spunky, crippled Regina, the orphan the Harrisons have just adopted in their new embrace of life after years of mourning a son lost to cancer. Deciding that vibrant Regina would make the perfect final offering to Satan, Vassago—revealed through tense and brutal flashback as the homicidally deranged son of the surgeon who saved Hatch—cuts a bloody path to the Harrisons' door, kidnapping Regina off to his underground lair. In a slam-bang finale, amidst charnel- house horrors, the Harrisons take onVassago with a gun, a crucifix, and a little angelic help. A grandly melodramatic morality play that will have Koontz's fans—both here and in heaven—cheering. (Literary Guild Dual Selection for March)

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirit of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

Brief Biography

Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966

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Hideaway 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 70 reviews.
bebopcim More than 1 year ago
I loved the storyline, and I felt the pace of the book was great. It had me interested throughout the whole book. I guess I was so interested I wanted more. I wanted more depth in the Doctors character and background (will not get into further detail). I felt as if the story did end rather abruptly but it was not a disappointing ending. I recommend this book it was an interesting story, and in the end it really gets you thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Have been a Dean Koontz fan for several years now, ever since reading Dark Rivers Of The Heart. I feel that Hideaway is one of his best ever. It has one of the most memorable villains in all his books, and two genuine and heroic main characters. The way Koontz describes the underground setting of Vassago's home is brilliant. He paints vivid and haunting images throughout the entire story. If you've never read a Koontz novel, you will love Hideaway. If you have read Koontz, you will love it even more. I could barely put it down.
Kalee Nichols More than 1 year ago
Having thought I'de read everything by Koontz, I stumbled across one I had'nt...This book was amazing! Thank you Dean!
petuprksgirl More than 1 year ago
I loved the story and the aftereward more. I will be reading more. House of Thunder. :)
sebojr More than 1 year ago
This is the first books by Dean Koontz that I just could not stop reading. It was great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed as always
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the beginning you feel as if you are transported into a dark mystery that has no escape. Soon your reading in a frenzy to find out how these two people can overcome the odds and survive the most thrilling pages you¿ll ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has an amazing storyline and plot that just becmes more and more interesting as you read it. Koontz' has a gift for creating characters that become unbelieveably real. I felt that the book was overall well worth the read. The only part that I have a bone to pick with is the ending. I feel that the suspense was built up to nothing and that it ended very quickly. Other than that the book is awesome.
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I couldn't stop reading! Very suspenseful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love Dean Koontz. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From day one I have been a Koontz fan, and Hidaway did not let me down. I have read his books from the moment of publicatopn and re read them years later because I enjoy good story telling.
Dommo More than 1 year ago
I've been reading Dean Koontz since 2011 with Hideaway being the 7th book and I knew it wouldn't disappoint. I can always count on Koontz to spin a thrilling tale. This book was great, especially if you like serial killer storylines. I really liked how the characters - Hatch & Lindsey Harrison, Dr. Jonas, Regina and of course Vassago - start to all tie in with each other. I felt the ending, the confrontation, was over too quickly. Maybe because I wanted more action; wanted more of Uriel the Angel, who appear out of nowhere. And I LUV the Regina character - the 10 year old girl the Harrisons adopted. She was a riot, so colorful. I'm now tempted to check out the Hideaway DVD with Jeff Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone.
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This book was the first I had ever read from Koontz and I have been a fan ever since. There isn't a book he has written that I won't read. Amazing author.
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