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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Revised edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451205421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451205421
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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.


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Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie.

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87 of 92 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2001
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The Door To December
Nathan Fuller 510 pages
The book, Door To December, is a suspenseful novel. Dean Koontz does a remarkable job in explaining the detailed events of the story. The story is about a little girl named Melanie who was kidnapped by her father at the age of three. During her time with her father, Melanie was subject to tortures beyond imagination. The story takes place the morning of three brutal murders at the house where Melanie and her father were residing. Melanie's mother, Laura, had just been notified of the homicides and had arrived at the house. There, a police officer named Dan Haldane informed her of what had happened. He also told her that a girl, around the age of nine, had been found wandering the streets nude and oblivious to world around. Melanie's mother told the officer to take her immediately to the place where she was after they were finished at the house. While there Melanie's mother identified her brutalized husband and toured the house until she came to the Gray Room. This room was filled with a sensory deprivation chamber, an electric chair, and other forms of torture. After the house, Laura went to the place where Melanie was and was reunited with her. One thing was wrong though, Melanie was in an autistic, almost catatonic state. From there, Laura, Dan, Melanie and a bodygaurd named Earl, search for the truth behind Melanie's lost past. Along the way, they are being chased by an invisible creature that has been committing all of these murders. They soon find that the answers to this troubling mystery lies within the unknown Door to December.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on January 25, 2007
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THE DOOR TO DECEMBER, published in 1985, is one of the last books written by Dean Koontz under another name ("Richard Paige"). This psychological suspense novel was written a few years before Koontz became a major superstar in the book world. This book was re-released and updated in the 1990s under Koontz's own name; this re-released version is what you will find on the shelf.

This book is an enjoyable one. Koontz is fond of the topic of mind control, and there is a lot of interesting subject matter here about psychology and even the occult. My major criticism about this book is that it's too long and drags a bit in the middle. The big revelation toward the end is also somewhat predictable. Still, THE DOOR TO DECEMBER is well written and very suspenseful toward the end.

I would rank this novel in the top half of Koontz' body of work. Enjoyable, but not one of his best.

If you like this novel, you may want to try THE KEY TO MIDNIGHT, which deals with a somewhat similar theme. If you've never tried Koontz before, I would strongly recommend trying some of Koontz's best books first, such as WATCHERS, ODD THOMAS, PHANTOMS and INTENSITY.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1996
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This book was very good.. it was the best I have ever
read byDean Koontz. Never have I read another book by him
with the amount of suspense like _The Door to December_.
I was basically bolted to my seat for 2 days while reading
the 800 page book. This is also the fastest I have ever
read a book over 500 pages. That is to say, I was so
engrossed in the book that I was able to finish it in
record time! The suspense and thrills of the action kept
me reading until all hours of the day and night. Highly
reccommended from this corner of the web. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Tweeder on May 26, 2004
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While a moderately forgotten tale of Dean Koontz in the middle 1980's, "The Door to December" is a more than formidable addition to some of the excellent works that he produced around that time ("Watchers", "Phantoms", "Strangers"). As with many of his novels, Koontz takes an ordinary, yet devastating fear (the kidnapping and horrifying dark confinement of a small child that induces only partial development and poor social interaction) and expands on it using a cat-and-mouse tale that is a quick, enjoyable read.
Laura McCaffrey is the mother of a missing nine-year old child who suspects that her daughter was kidnapped by her deranged scientist ex-husband. When her former lover is found dead with many of his associates, Laura is worried to her beautiful Melanie is dead and lost forever. Melanie is miraculously discovered wandering the streets by the police, but the effects of the awful abuse and neglect she received from six-years of inflicted horror has left her with speech impediments and almost no response to touch, voice, and love--and an incredible power. As the secrets of Melanie's abilities and her captors are revealed, Laura realizes that her husband was part of a top-secret research program--a program that some will kill for if they get their hands on Melanie. Dan Haldane is the cop assigned to the case and will stop at nothing to ensure the safety of Laura and her daughter, but his attachment to the family causes him to become obsessed with the case.
An evocative story that creates deep, believable characters is draped with superb chase sequences and good dialogue that keeps the tale fresh and enjoyable.
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