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by Dean Koontz

A frantic mother, who has been separated from her nine-year-old daughter, Melanie, for six years, strives to rescue her from the people who have been subjecting her to terrifying psychological experiments.
Download The Door to December epub
ISBN: 0143142291
ISBN13: 978-0143142294
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Dean Koontz
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (February 15, 2007)
ePUB size: 1947 kb
FB2 size: 1363 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 637
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I've been a fan of Dean Koontz for a long time. As is his norm, this book pulled you in, but it did drag a bit in the middle. The characters were mostly interesting, with Dan, the police detective and Laura, the psychotherapist and mother of the child who's at the center of all, very well portrayed.

That said, this book didn't quite grab me like some of his earlier work. I started reading it several months ago, and got extremely busy at work, so I didn't have much time to read. By the time I did, I grabbed a different book. I read two other books before I went back to this one. It's rare that I'd have that reaction to one of Mr. Koontz's books, but it took longer than usual to get interesting. And though it's also rare for this to happen to me, I figured out the twist long before it was revealed. Maybe it's that obvious. Anyway, though not one of Mr. Koontz's absolute best novels, it's still an entertaining read.
I read Door to December years ago when it was published under one of the Koontz pseudonyms, but I downloaded it to my kindle for a re-read. This is an incredible story. Fast paced and thrilling. It kept me captivated to the last page even though I had read it before! It grabs you from the beginning. It starts with the police finding a horrendous murder of several men in a house on a quiet suburban street. The men are literally crushed and unrecognizable, but they also find a "gray" room. A room painted completely gray with a large sensory deprivation tank and a chair that looks like an electric chair, called an aversion therapy chair, designed to deliver shocks to the victim to modify behavior. Then they find gray clothes for a child. Several hours later, they find a 9 year old girl walking naked through the streets just a few bocks away. If that doesn't grab you, you don't like thrillers! Have fun.
First, I've enjoyed every Koontz book that I've ever read. This book was not an exception, but it wasn't the best for me. A mother, Laura, is reunited with her daughter who was taken by her father several years before during a custody battle. I understand that Koontz was trying to convey the mixed emotions of suddenly being a parent again, especially when someone hands you a troubled child. Then there is a detective, Dan Haldane, who is her champion, and attracted to her. Koontz wants us to understand him as well. But I didn't connect with her, and I didn't connect with the budding relationship. I felt as though I was suppose to see Laura's maternal strength by reading Haldane's mind... that's the only way I can express it. And the connection between them felt about the same. That being said, however, I brought it up to four stars because I enjoyed the story itself. It was haunting, and any sci fi groupie would find the entire story plausible ;]
Really enjoyed this book when I read it ten years ago. With the new Netflix Original Series out, "Stranger Things", I felt compelled to revisit the book. It's clear where the producers of the series got their inspiration for the main character and her abilities.
Love Dean Koontz, but tired of his "thought provoking" books of late. I've read this one long ago and just went back to it since it's been long enough that I can't remember what happens. I've always liked Koontz's descriptive writing, but he's gotten a little out of hand with his books in the last 5 years or so. There IS such a thing as going on too much with the descriptive end of a book and he's doing it waaaayyyyyyyy too much lately! I hate to lose him as a favorite author, but really, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE KOONTZ I LOVED as a writer?! Where did the guy go that wrote "Watchers", "Phantoms" and the other early hits? Hope he pokes his head out some day again and writes more like he did in the early days.

In the meantime, I'll have to settle for re-reading the oldie goldies, like this one!
Originally published in 1985, under the pen name Richard Paige, the only Koontz novel so published, this book is an entertaining and suspenseful thriller with a somewhat predictable ending. Still, it is the journey to the finale that makes this book worth reading.

Peppered with some likable characters, this book centers on the eternal battle between good and evil. A young girl, Melanie, kidnapped by her father when she was only three, is found six years later, not far from where her father was brutally murdered. Catatonic and unresponsive, the child is reunited with Laura McCaffrey, her loving mother who had never stopped looking for her missing daughter.

As events unfold, it turns out that the father was far from loving, having subjected his daughter for years to a series of psychological experiments that were virtually torture. Now, it seems that all those involved in those experiments are meeting a brutal death. Who is perpetrating these horrific and savage murders? Police Lieutenant Dan Haldane is just the man to find out. A stand up and honest officer, he is determined to make right what went wrong. In doing so, he will be pitted against evil incarnate.

Fans of the author will certainly enjoy the book and forgive its minor shortcomings, as it is a page turner that only loses some steam towards the very end.
I loved this book. It is an older title that Dean previously released under a pen name. I enjoyed the book very much! The only negative at all was that nearing the end I was able to figure out the ending but even knowing I still enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.
I wanted to read this book because so many had commented on a child with autism. Having a son with autism I was struck by this. This book was a good read of fiction. Based on when this book was written I doubt it truly related to autism. I think he was using this as a way to see how the girl was when treated horribly. All and all it wasn't such a bad book. Pretty good story line and had me from the start.