The Husband Paperback – 2 Jan 2007
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‘There’s surprise after surprise, including a killer finale … a read-in-one-go novel.’ Independent on Sunday on ‘Velocity’
‘“Velocity” hits its pace from the first page and races through to a suitably climactic ending.’ Sydney Sunday Telegraph
'Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler.’ The Times
'Psychologically complex, masterly and satisfying.' The New York Times
Mitch Rafferty has just sixty hours to save his wife. A suspense novel -- and love story -- from one of the most acclaimed and popular authors of modern times. What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill? Landscape gardener Mitchell Rafferty was busy planting beds of impatiens for one of his clients when his phone rang. It was a voice he didn't know. 'We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash.' Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighbourhood on a bright summer day having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare. Mitch thinks it must be some kind of a joke. But whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. 'See that guy across the street?' Rifle fire shatters the stilllness as the man goes down, shot in the head. 'An object lesson.' The caller doesn't care that Mitch 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's got sixty hours to prove it. He'll pay anything. He'll pay a lot more than two million dollars.A story of love, tenacity and courage with the pace of a runaway train, from its tense opening to its shattering climax, 'The Husband' is a thriller that holds the reader in its relentless grip. See all Product description
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However Koontz doesn't like to use one word where three would do, or a simple phrase if something more complicated or 'clever' can be found. I find this unattractive, but others might not notice or mind. Some of his descriptive phrases have the flavour of a school imaginative writing exercise. I skipped some pages that didn't move the story on at all, I think perhaps a better editor might have recommended removing them. I am thinking particularly of the pages describing the semi-mystical experiences in Mexico. One or two episodes would have been enough for me. I also disliked some of the content associated with the hero's bizarre childhood. The bits about enforced nakedness and toilet visits in front of siblings of the opposite sex felt a little prurient.
That aside I would recommend it as a bit of harmless escapism and I shouldn't think Koontz intended it as anything more.
It's then a breathless chase and hunt through LA for his wife, trying to avoid the cops and his dysfunctional family.
There is one scene that particularly stays with me, a hunt to the death in the desert, the gardener versus the contract killer.
Lots of high octane actions and thrills.
A good read if you dont wanted something too long, fun and exciting all the way through!
I also recommend One door away from heaven, and dark rivers of the heart, and of course the Odd Thomas stories as well.
This is to warn people though that Koontz has a wind problem not only in this book but in alot of his other books!
Now theres nothing wrong with adding how the sky is or weather in certain situations, it helps to set the scene in your head,but jeez not on page after page,at one point in the story(about 10 pages)he mentions the wind on 7 pages!!
Deep in your heart you just know that the main character is going to be the hero, but you are left unsure as to whether or nor his wife will survive the ordeal.
The plots and sub plots are typical Koontz, graphical and twisting leaving with a sense of not really knowing what is going on until the conclusion .
Just how a book of this calibre should be!