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Hideaway Hardcover – January 16, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
After a near-fatal car accident, a Californian must deal with the deranged killer with whom he now shares visions. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections in cloth.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
YA-- Koontz's latest thriller sits at the intersection of the weird and the ordinary. Once again, he explores a ``what if'' scenario in a most satisfying fashion. In this case, a near-death survivor accidentally carries a piggy-backing evil spirit through an open door from the afterlife. Hatch Harrison, the typical good-guy hero, is revived by a brilliant team of doctors more than an hour after drowning. Strange visions and half-waking dreams soon convince him that his recovery is not at all normal. His fears are soon magnified when people who have annoyed him are murdered, and he knows that he is somehow responsible. Paralleling the story of Hatch's recovery is the unfolding revelation of a young man so evil that ordinary people cannot imagine his existence. As he skulks about selecting victims to murder and mutilate, a bizarre bond develops between the two men. Gory incidents tumble one after another as the two men become locked in first a psychic and then a physical battle between good and evil. The violent climax is symbolically set in an abandoned amusement park where at last the true duel identity of the murderer is revealed. Once again, evil is resoundingly defeated, but as any Koontz fan knows, the victory is only temporary.
-Carolyn E. Gecan, Thomas Jefferson Sci-Tech, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Side note: I am glad the movie tanked, never try to override an author on the importance of their characters. The author giveth, don't screw with it.