Hideaway

Hideaway

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by Dean Koontz
     
 

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The New York Times #1 bestseller by the author of Dragon's Tears. Pronounced clinically dead after his car plunges into an icy river, Hatch Harrison is miraculously revived by a special team of doctors. Now Hatch approaches each day with a new appreciation . . . until he starts to see terrifying images of madness and murder. For he brought something back from his…  See more details below

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The New York Times #1 bestseller by the author of Dragon's Tears. Pronounced clinically dead after his car plunges into an icy river, Hatch Harrison is miraculously revived by a special team of doctors. Now Hatch approaches each day with a new appreciation . . . until he starts to see terrifying images of madness and murder. For he brought something back from his visit with death--and its murderous rampage has just begun.

Editorial Reviews

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)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425135259
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/1992
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.84(h) x 1.15(d)
Lexile:
1160L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Dean Koontz was born in Everett, Pennsylvania, and grew up in nearby Bedford. He won an Atlantic Monthly fiction competition when he was twenty and has been writing ever since. Mr. Koontz's books are published in 38 languages. Worldwide sales total more than 175 million copies, a figure that currently increases at a rate of more than 350 million copies a year. Dean and his wife, Gerda, live in southern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Newport Beach, California
Date of Birth:
July 9, 1945
Place of Birth:
Everett, Pennsylvania
Education:
B.S. (major in English), Shippensburg University, 1966
Website:
http://www.deankoontz.com

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Hideaway 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 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.
Anonymous 7 months 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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