on March 13, 2004
Hatch Harrison and his wife Lindsay are driving home from a vacation. Before they have time to react, Hatch and Lindsay become involved in a horrendous car accident that results in Hatch passing away. By the time they are taken to the hospital, Hatch has been dead for over an hour. However, Dr. Jonas Nyberg specializes in bringing people back from the dead, and manages to revive Hatch. Hatch and Lindsay see this as a gift from God and begin to live life to the fullest. They even adopt a handicapped 10 year old girl named Regina. However, just as things seem like they couldn't get any better, Hatch makes a startling discovery. Hatch's return from death has somehow linked his mind, with the mind of a deadly serial killer. As Hatch begins to see the victims through the killer's eyes, the killer also becomes aware of Hatch's presence. Now Hatch and his family are put in danger when the killer becomes obsessed with tracking them down.
Hideaway is definately one of the best Dean Koontz books I have ever read. The book drags you in after the first page, and keeps you there until the very end. This book is extremely captivating and terrifying. The premise is what makes the book so great. The subject of near death experiences and the afterlife is one that is extremely interesting. Koontz's take on the subject is very creative and original. The character development is amazing in this book. Koontz tells the story from two different perspectives. One being Hatch, and the other being the killer. You come to see the story through the eyes of both characters which makes the story very well rounded. The killer is perhaps one of Koontz's best villans because of how savagely brutal he is. The description that Koontz uses to describe each kill, will make you flinch at times.
Overall, Hideaway is one of Koontz's most terrifying and dark books. The characters are all great, the book is filled with action and suspense, and you will love Koontz's take on near death experiences and the afterlife.
on December 30, 2003
This book does display Koontz at his best.
While the topic isn't exactly likely to happen, somehow Koontz pulls you in & makes you believe it CAN happen. When you're near death & almost die, what does that do to you? Can it change you, change who you are- does it open a door to another world? While the thought of dying is scary enough, imagine if you survived, but you were changed. And not for the better. What would you do?
This book is full of suspense, mystery, terror, horror, astonishment & heart-pounding moments! Go get it & read!
on July 14, 2003
Hideaway is one of those books which start out great, with a big bang, and goes downhill from there. The start of the book starts with Lindsey and Hatch, the main characters, in a major auto accident that sends their car toppling down an embankment and into a river. Koontz illustrates the excruciating details of this accident beautifully. He really puts the reader rigth into the car with his characters.
After that, however, the book slowly slides downhill. It begins when Hatch starts experiencing 'visions' of horrible things that he soon realizes aren't nightmares, but actual events. Hatch has apparently carried back the ability to psychicly link-up with a serial killer, who also happens to be possesed by an evil spirit. It also just happens that the serial killer was also brought back from the dead by the same doctor who brings Hatch back from the dead. It also happens that this serial killer was that doctor's son. It also happens that this serial killer wants Hatch's wife Lindsey and their newly adopted daughter for his 'collection' of bodies that he is dedicating to Satan in an attempt to earn his way back into hell. Have all of the 'it also happens' gotten to be as ridiculous to you as they did to me?
A word about the characters in this book. Usually, Dean Koontz comes up with believable characters that I like and can root for (or against). In this case, I think he really screwed up. I began to hate the main characters in this book, Hatch and Lindsey, as soon as they decided to go ahead with their adoption even though they knew they were likely putting the child in the way of a serial killer. What kind of people are they? Who wants to root for someone like that? After that point in this book I kept hoping that the two main characters would 'get it' while the child was somehow spared.
This is not a great Dean Koontz. I seriously hope that people do not pick this up as their first DK book. I can't imagine that they would read another after that.
on October 4, 2002
I enjoyed reading Koontz' prose--it's compeling, graphic, and impactive, even musical at times. He writes believable characters and gives them actions consistant with their characters. But I found this story so unbelievable, contrived, and obviously manipulated that I would never recommend it to anyone. And the ending--it was not carefully constructed. Rather, the author opted for an easy, quick way out of the story problem, especially with Hatch's continuous clairvoyance of Jeremy's whereabouts. Why wasn't it continuous early on in the book? Simply because the author didn't find it convenient--he had three hundred more pages to write. No explanation is given for this sudden continuous clairvoyance as distunguished from the periodic type he had experienced during the earlier parts of the book. This lack of consistancy made the book increasingly unbelievable for me. And the "scientific" basis of such involuntary clairvoyance--that two people had a near-death experience and were revived by the same doctor? Nonsense! Cite one such case in real life.
on March 10, 2001
...And Dean Koontz crosses over it, again and again, in "Hideaway".
'The dead stay dead'...Or do they? After all, the hardworking folks in the medical profession are making new advances all the time, saving lives everyday. Though sometimes they must ask themselves, is every life worth saving?
Certainly that's the case in this spell-binding novel where we track the lives of two people, miraculously brought back from the other side. One a hard-working family man, the other a sociopathic killer.
You'll get inside their heads, learn what they think and how they feel. Then, watch in horrid fascination as their lives gradually intertwine, like the threads of a spider's web, until at last they come together in the ultimate battle of good verses evil.
This was one of the most well-written psychological thrillers that I've ever read. Dean Koontz has the ability to make his characters come alive. He lets us know them, makes us care what happens to them. Then puts them on the brink of danger, making it impossible not to fear for their safety. And, that's what makes this book so impossible to put down. It's a must-read for fans and new readers alike.
on March 8, 2001
I read the book Hideaway by Dean Koontz. It was an intense, fast paced book. I really enjoyed reading it because it was scary and fun to read. The book was about a man, Hatch, and his wife, LIndsey. They were in a car accident and Hatch died. He was recessitated after eighty minutes. It was a miracle that nothing was wrong with him. Everything seemed to be going perfect until Hatch began to have visions. It almost seemed as if he had brought something back with him from the dead. The possibility of it all seemed unreal. Hatch was having visions about murders that this man was committing. When he was having his visions it was like he left his body and was doing what this man was doing. This man was also having visions about Hatch Everything had been going so good in Hatch and Lindsey's life they were about to adopt a kid, and the recessitation had gone so well. The suddenly the killer decides that he wants nothing more than Regina, so he comes after Hatch, Lindsey, and Regina their newly adopted daughted. The book is exciting and gets more intense by the minute. It is a book that will keep you up late into the reading. The ending is chilling and will make you sleep with the lights on for weeks. Koontz is a terrific writer that makes you feel like you are with Hatch every minute of this horror tale. It is a heart pounding, edge of your seat, read that you will never forget.
on December 11, 2000
Dean Koontz's Hideaway is a master piece and a must read. It is a super natural thriller that will take you on a roller coaster ride you will never forget. With twist and turns on every page this is arguable one of Dean Konntz's better works of writing. The plot of this book is amazing. It is easy to follow, unlike this review probably! But the pages of this book fly by without you noticing and soon you will be on your next Dean Koontz's novel. The books keeps you alert at all times, and you never lose interest in the book either.
If you have seen the movie "Hideaway" and thought that was scary. Well, the book goes into more depth and contains a whole lot more the movie couldn't offer. Hatch, the character in the book has an auto accident and flips his car into the freezing cold river. His body freezes and doctors bring him back, but that isn't everything he brings back with him. Hatch also brings back a psychic power that lets him see through the eyes of a serial killer. This serial killer is on the lose killing the perfect females for his perfect collection to bring him back to Hell.
This book would be perfect for any Dean Koontz fan or any horror book fans. The only down side to the book is if you have a weak stomach, becasuse the book is beyond explicit.
on June 2, 2000
I find that I am an off and on Koontz fan. Some of his novels I simply devour and consider the top of their genres (his books usually fit into several.) I also find that sometimes he disgraces himself as a writer, and this book illistrates one of those times. The opening of this book was very powerful and exciting; the female narrator's internal dialogue is both touching and emotionally truthful. But after that, the book slowly declines to a mediocrity. The book initially would have been worthy of a three star rating, but then came the ending. Never have I felt so let down by an ending, and this was a very cheap cop out by an author who aparently couldn't find any better way to get his character out of the situation. He ends up taking the ending out of his characters hands to symbolize something more devine and spiritual, and only ends up making his climax very anticlamitic. My advice, if you must by this book, read up to the point when husband and wife are at the hospital and stop there.
on May 26, 2000
Dean Koontz's novels lead us to explore the truth of the world, the conflicts between evil and innocent, and the meaning of life. He showed his well-understanding between the innocent spirit and the sociopathic evil, the power of love, and the dark side of human beings. Hatch Harrison died in an accident of drowning. However, Dr. Jonas Nyebern resuscitated him after eighty minutes of being dead. This brought him and his wife, Lindsey, a second chance at life after their only son died of cancer. However, good thing never last long enough. Hatch Harrison brought back an Unknown from the hell who has a physical connection links to Hatch. The nightmares and the scenes of killing appeared more and more frequently in Hatch's mind even when he is not sleeping. The horrible events bring them to face the fact that there is a murder out there killing whoever Hatch sees or hates. Hatch can sense the Unknown is more than a murder, more dangerous and more likely to be an unkillable thing. He knew the Unknown followed him from the hell back to life and it will eventually come to him. He has to be prepared for his coming. He and Lindsey has to fight not only for their own survival but also for their Regina, the disable child they adopted who gave them the meaning and purpose of life after the resuscitation of Hatch. He has to keep the promise he made to give Regina a new life to love and to have a family again. With this desperation, Hatch and Lindsey followed the physical connection between the Unknown and Hatch and eventually leads them to an abandoned amusement park, where the Unknown put his all his collections as the ticket back to Hell. With Dean Koontz's skill, you will find yourself reading a book as watching a movie. Everything show up in front of you like you are a narrator. Every word gives the reader an deeper and more thrilling feeling.
on January 19, 2000
Koontz is a poor-man's Stephen King, in my opinion. Which is not to slight Koontz in any fashion; indeed, he is an excellent author. But he generally goes with the "happy ending" with his novels, whereas King is a bit more...moody. With that in mind, I became a Koontz fan after reading such wonderful classics of his like "Strangers", "Watchers", and "Lightning". And I expected that same level of excellence with "Hideaway", and I ALMOST had it. The trouble with this novel is more the ending than anything else. Obviously, I won't give it away, but I must confess that it falls short of what I've come to expect from Koontz. This story is one built on love and faith, yet both of those characteristics seem to have vanished in the climax and prologue. Koontz could have used this story as a testament to faith and understanding, yet he goes in an entirely different direction towards the end (which was probably the author's intent), and the usuall Koontz "happy ending" is replaced with something in between the border of bitter and pathetic. I believe that the first 3/4 of this story were excellent, bringing the reader in from the very first pages, and not letting go. But with all novels, only 3/4 of a book makes it only a good book, not an excellent one. Koontz has written several wonderful novels, but I can't conceide that this is one of them.