One Door Away from Heaven

One Door Away from Heaven

by Dean Koontz
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One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz

Hailed as “America’s most popular suspense novelist” (Rolling Stone) Dean Koontz has entered a rich new phase of his writing career that is yielding his most imaginative, meaningful, and popular work yet.

At the height of his powers as a literary craftsman, he has won the acclaim of critics as well as the allegiance of millions of fans the world over, transforming the greatest fears and hopes of our time into masterworks of dazzling originality and emotional resonance.

Now, with the stunning depth and virtuosity of his storytelling, he brings to readers one of his most gripping and richly imagined novels to date — an intoxicating story of adventure and suspense, mystery and revelation, told with humor, heart, and high art.

One Door Away From Heaven

In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina Bellsong contemplates the choices she has made. At twenty-eight, she wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can’t find her way — until a new family settles into the rental trailer next door and she meets the young girl who will lead her on a remarkable quest that will change Micky herself and everything she knows — or thinks she knows — forever.

Despite the brace she must wear on her deformed left leg, and her 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 the girl’s stepfather, Preston Maddoc,is educated but threatening. He has moved the family from place to place as he fanatically investigates UFO sightings, striving to make contact, claiming to have had a vision that by Leilani’s tenth birthday aliens will either heal her or take her away to a better life on their world.

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.”

Leilani’s tenth birthday is approaching. Micky is convinced the girl will be dead by that day. While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. Micky sets out across America to track and find them, alone and afraid but for the first time living for something bigger than herself.

She finds herself pitted against an adversary, Preston Maddoc, as fearsome as he is cunning. The passion and disregard for danger with which Micky pursues her quest bring to her side a burned-out detective who joins her on a journey of incredible peril and startling discoveries, a journey through terrible darkness to unexpected light.

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 readers cheering. Filled with tragedy and joy, with terror and hope, it solidifies Dean Koontz’s reputation as one of the foremost storytellers of our time. This is Dean Koontz at his very best — and it doesn’t get any better than that.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736694551
Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2003

About the Author

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and their dog, Trixie, in southern California.


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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my 2nd most beloved story by Mr. Koontz, preceeded only by Watchers. I really think he hit the nail on the head with this one. I learned something, as I like to when reading for pleasure. Bioethics is completely opposite of what i believed it to be. Horrible, horrible. Have to admit this book was a little draggy in parts, but those parts were easily thumbed through. And I loved the ending, something I dont always do with Mr. Koontz' s novels. I didnt want the story to end. This one could perhaps convince the author to reconsider sequels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As much as I like, to some high degree, every Koontz I've ever read, this is my favorite. I see some say it's slow; I see that, but when it dwells, I love whst is revealed. This book is his most optimistic, among msny optimistic books he:'s written. Comparable with his "Odd" series in its joy.
Autumn_Orchid More than 1 year ago
Leilani is one of my most favorite Koontz characters ever! Great storyline and very imaginative. I love the personification of the canine in the story! Dogs really do show us how to love.
Krazy78 More than 1 year ago
Once you start this book, you will not want to stop until you reach the end. Then you will still want more.
stormihunt More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. A great story. I have read many of Dean Koontz books. I do enjoy Koontz books. Like many of Dean Koontz books this one, has mystery with many twists in the story. I wanted to jump in and protect the young one in the story. I cried, laughed and got angry! It is a real page turner. I have given this book to my friends and one to my son. Just didnt want the story to end. I will reread this one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have lent this book to so many people that I had to buy a second copy of it for myself, and every single person who reads it loves it. I had a friend ask me a third of the way in if it was worth finishing, it did seem to take a long time to get there, but once there you feel so wonderful that you wish you took your time reading it instead of trying to rush through the "long" parts. This is not only my fav Dean Koontz book, but my fav of all the books I have ever read. This should be a movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fell in love with the characters in the book. Very well written.
M_Bellsong More than 1 year ago
This novel absolutely just touching... it is an amazingly written story. You instantly get involved with the characters from chapter 1. You want to learn more about them and Just cant put it down. This is in my top 5 Koontz novels. It takes its a place side by side with Odd Thomas. Amazing!
Jean_Luc_Picard More than 1 year ago
this book is full of side stories and sends you for many twists and turns and MANY side trips in which shows how much our favorite author has time on his hands and he burns it!

I feel that saying anymore will make it dry and recomend you read it for yourself! Oh by the way the reason why the book cover got a 2 was because mine a early edition has a better cover.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Although is isn't Dean's best work, i enjoyed it. Yes, the story did drag on at times, but at other times the book was exciting and intense. The story of Leilani and Micky interested me the most. The two other stories lost my interest. The ending is fascinating and I would suggest this to anybody that likes science fiction, mystery, or even horror.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read quite a few of Koontz ' s books and have always enjoyed them. Watchers being my all-time favorite of his. This book, however, was way too wordy and long (630 pg's). It started out being a good page turner but quikly became a page skimmer and I only finished because it became a quest and because I paid for it! Obviously, I'm in the minority here with my review as many have given it a high-star ranking. Hope you enjoy more than I did if you choose to purchase.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times now , not only is it suspenseful there were numerous times i couldn't control my laughter!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just can't finish reading this book. One word: horrible.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
How to review a book by such a superb writer?  Dean Koontz has taken three story lines of such divergent subjects to parallel lengths where they diverge at an ending that tells us that only through the goodness of everyone working together can life be worth living.  It's at once a theists against the bioethics of perfection and a fast passed thriller.  But to describe how he does this only seems to demean his work.  He has a deformed 9 year old girl, living with her drug addled mother and her murdering bioethics father; two wounded women trying to make a better life for themselves; a burnt out detective; and a young "extra-terrestrial" boy and his dog.  Put these together and you have a strangely wonderful thrilling story.   Koontz is probably the best writer than I know.  He can take four beautiful sentences to describe someone's eyes, and rather than sounding wordy, every word feels necessary.  I would say that this is my favorite Koontz book but then I read another one and that becomes my favorite.  Just read this book. You won't be sorry. He makes very important points is convincingly beautiful stories. 
BillyO22 More than 1 year ago
Only 200 pages in but love it so far.there are four main characters of which only to have met each other, and they are quite a lot of fun so far,
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Magnificent characters, inspiring story with just enough darkness to make you rejoice at the light! THIS IS A MUST READ!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book by Knootz. The characters were colorful and interesting. The story-line hopeful and informative.
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