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The Door to December
     

The Door to December

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by Dean Koontz
 

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz takes readers into the darkest recesses of the human mind—and into the tempest of a father's obsession.

A call in the middle of the night summoned psychiatrist Laura McCaffrey out into the rain-swept streets of Los Angeles. The police had found her husband-beaten to death. But what of her

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz takes readers into the darkest recesses of the human mind—and into the tempest of a father's obsession.

A call in the middle of the night summoned psychiatrist Laura McCaffrey out into the rain-swept streets of Los Angeles. The police had found her husband-beaten to death. But what of her daughter, Melanie, whom he had kidnapped six years earlier? At the brutal murder scene, the police lead Laura into her husband's makeshift lab—and open the door to a rising tide of terror that has trapped Melanie in its midst...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published pseudonymously in 1985, Koontz has revised this thriller portraying a pediatric psychiatrist's attempts to unravel the mental trauma suffered by her estranged nine-year-old daughter. (Oct.)
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“First-rate suspense, scary and stylish.”—Los Angeles Times

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101565025
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
81,643
File size:
655 KB
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

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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The Door to December 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
DLBG More than 1 year ago
I read this book sereral years ago. I found this book to be one of his better ones. I started reading Dean Koontz books about 20 years ago with the book" Watchers" but the best one was "Lightning" Mr. Koontz deifinately has a flair for the weird. I highly recomend Koontz.
Amanda18 More than 1 year ago
Ive been looking for a new interesting book for quite sometime and Ive read a lot so it takes something pretty intese to get me interested. This book drew me in right away, I was hooked by the first chapter and finished it in a couple days. I hated putting it down. I sort of figured out what "it" was halfway through but it was still a thoroughly enjoyable book. The characters were strong and relatable and the plot kept the pages turning. My ony complate was that *spoiler alert!* I wish Koontz would've ended the book with a happily ever after kiss between the two main characters. All in all 4.5 stars (harry potter is the only book i give 5 stars too ;)) I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Obie award winner George Guidall is a premier voice performer. Although active on Broadway, in films and on television, he still has found time to narrate some 800 unabridged novels. He's versatile - tackling comedy, drama, and dark thrillers, such as The Door to December. Suspense novels tend to produce a maximum number of goose bumps when a child is involved, and that is certainly the case with this fiendish tale from Dean Koontz. Melanie is just three-years-old when she's abducted by her father and taken to a laboratory where she is forced to participate in ghastly experimentation. Her mother, a psychiatrist, is distraught but does not see her daughter again until six years later when now nine-year-old Melanie is found on the streets of L.A. It's obvious that something diabolical has happened to the girl. Yet whatever dire damage done to her is not enough as soon those involved in the experimentation are killed and it seems that the final one to lose her life will be Melanie. Who is committing the murders and why? This is Dean Koontz at his best abetted by the talented George Guidall - don't miss it! - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't one of Dean Koontz's best, but still ok. There aren't very many scary parts in it. There are a few and they are good. The Door to December isn't one of those books that you just want to read for the whole day, it's more like the kind of book that you would take to school or work if you had any spare time. It had a great ending though, so that's why I gave it the extra star. It could of been better too. But oh well. If you are a first time read of Dean Koontz's books, don't read this one first. Ya'll would be happier reading Watchers as your first Dean Koontz book. Not this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his books
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Jenrae More than 1 year ago
Good, easy read, but not edge of your seat stuff.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dean Koontz is the best. He is the Michaelangelo of the writing world!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Held my interest start to finish
Kshell More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Dean Koontz fan, but this was not one of his best efforts. It was still a fun read, but unlike other Koontz books, I figured out the ending halfway through the book. A first for one of his books for me. He's still a great writer and his books are page turners no matter what, but there are better choices among his books.
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Great, as always!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What would be good ages to read this book?
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Every page was filled with horror and suspense. Kept me up all night.. Thanks Mr. Koontz..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE Dean Koontz, and couldn't put this one down! It gripped me from the first page!! Highly reccomend! Think this one should be made into a movie.......
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This is exactly the kind of book that always has me coming back for more! From the time you begin reading, you are constantly wondering whats next and never stop. Highly recommend this book to anybody looking for a fast-paced book with that Dean Koontz feel that so many people love. One of his best books, period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love Koontz
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Wow!!! All i can say.
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