- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (January 16, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0399136738
- ISBN-13: 978-0399136733
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 173 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hideaway is not one of my favorite Koontz books. On a positive note, Koontz places emphasis on family being there for each other and standing up for what is right. However, I did not see the strength in the characters that I usually find in his books. One of the positive aspects was how Hatch's death and resuscitation have changed the relationship between the Harrisons in their marriage and that they come to accept the death of their young son, five years previously. Hatch and Lindsey even decide to share their new-found appreciation of life by adopting a child with specials needs.
In the scene where the child (Regina) first meets the Harrisons she does everything to make them NOT want to adopt her, exaggerating her handicap and constantly referring to herself as a "cripple" but the reader knows she is anything but and this was one of the scenes I most enjoyed in the book. But after Regina comes home with the Harrisons, although she remains somewhat feisty, her character doesn't really develop and she seems to have the role of the child who needs saving.
I didn't care for the villain in this novel. Koontz showed us his evil side but didn't make him seem as if he ever had been a "real" person.
I still enjoyed the book but would not necessarily recommend it as a first read for someone looking to discover the art of Dean Koontz.