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The Husband Paperback – 2006
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And his stories, or at least the ones I've read, are always very compelling and original, if somewhat offbeat, dark, bizarre and odd. Perhaps it's precisely that oddity and darkness that makes his stories so compelling.
In any case, in this story he revisited a familiar theme present in many of his other works- that of family dysfunction. Reading his stories often makes me very appreciative of the family I have. In this particular story the dysfunction centered mostly around greed and betrayal, with the bad behaviors taking place between brothers. Actually, the evil deeds were done by one brother, and his cohorts, with the other brother reacting in an incredibly resourceful, intelligent, courageous and admirable way. This resourceful character theme is also a recurring one in many of his stories. I like to believe that I would behave in such a courageous and intelligent manner as this, if I found myself caught in such a difficult predicament, but I probably wouldn't.
That's interesting enough, but when you add in the theme about money, where one brother is willing to do some interesting things for the sake of the almighty dollar, well, that just adds fuel to the fire, or, rather, momentum to the story.
In closing, I'd just like to say that I choose to believe that there is only a small segment of the population that is as deviant as many of Koontz's characters are. Am I living in a bubble? Maybe. But I sure hope not.
That's the implausible scenario I found after loading the free sample onto my Kindle. But my faith in Dean Koontz to make sense of the madness overpowered me so I bought it. Then Mitch's situation got even worse; in fact the deck had been stacked against him since birth. He had more bad guys against him than he, or I, could imagine. And he's a good guy! Made me want to grab my .357 Magnum and lend a hand. It's a good thing Mitch is physically capable and a fast learner because things just kept getting worse, plus he has a nosey police detective scrutinizing him over a crime he witnessed.
This book is a page-turner and the author didn't let me down. There's just one thing wrong with it, and all other great stories: I couldn't leave it alone, and soon it was over.
I just wish he would do more books like this.
Mitchell Rafferty is one of those characters who throughout the book amazes you with the changes in his personality and of course the surprises you get with his brother Anson's character puts you on the edge of hate and wanting to buy a gun to shoot the guy. Holly, Mitch's wife takes a little longer to materialize into the main stream but here you just want to hold her hand and kiss her. These three are the most memorable but Koontz depicts a number of others who get into your head and stay there.
This is a murder, suspense, crime thriller so enjoy!
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He has some great novels