The new thriller from one of the greatest storytellers writing today is the story of an extraordinary kidnapping when a poor man's wife is taken but a rich man's ransom is demanded. It is a suspense novel - and love story - from one of the most acclaimed and popular authors of modern times. What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill ...
The new thriller from one of the greatest storytellers writing today is the story of an extraordinary kidnapping when a poor man's wife is taken but a rich man's ransom is demanded. It is a suspense novel - and love story - from one of the most acclaimed and popular authors of modern times. What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill? Landscape gardener Mitchell Rafferty was busy planting beds of impatiens for one of his clients when his phone rang. It was a voice he didn't know. 'We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash.' Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighbourhood on a bright summer day having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare. Mitch thinks it must be some kind of a joke. But whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. 'See that guy across the street?' Rifle fire shatters the stillness as the man goes down, shot in the head. 'An object lesson.' The caller doesn't care that Mitch has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way. 'If he loves his wife enough.' Mitch does love her enough. He's got sixty hours to prove it. He'll pay anything. He'll pay a lot more than two million dollars. A story of love, tenacity and courage with the pace of a runaway train, from its tense opening to its shattering climax, "The Husband" is a thriller that holds the reader in its relentless grip.
Hadn't read or listened to Koontz books in years, except for the one about his dog, Trixie,which I loved.
This one is Koontz just like I remember him, interesting, exciting, but totally weird and unbelievable.
Sep 4, 2008
Not your normal Koontz book...
This book was a little out of genre for Koontz. It reads more like a Harlan Coben novel. However, since I love Coben AND Koontz, once I got over looking for 'Koontz trademarks', I really enjoyed this book. No, there are no aliens or supernatural stuff. But, there is a great storyline with a good surprise. Try it. If you really like it, go buy some Harlan Coben books, they will be right up your alley.
Jul 25, 2007
I thought it was pretty good. Not as good as say Whispers or The Bad Place, but still a good read. Fast paced & a decent plot.
Jul 5, 2007
Excellent. Very good read.
Excellent story line. Great action. Easy to follow and good character development overall. Another great Dean Koontz novel. Highly recommended.
Mar 14, 2007
This book seemed to have a good idea, but when I started to read the book I quickly learned how boring it was. The villians were weak and the hero was unconvincing. Reading this book was as bad as getting teeth pulled.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-11-06 Koontz's latest thriller, slated for fast track silver screen adaptation in a joint venture between Random House and Focus Features, presents a spellbinding Hitchcock-flavored tale of an innocent, unassuming everyman caught in an intricate web of duplicity. While toiling away in the yard of a client, Orange County landscaper Mitch Rafferty casually answers his cellular phone and learns that his wife, Holly, has been taken hostage; the humble man of the soil must raise a $2 million ransom to prevent the unthinkable from happening. Graham, fresh from such recent audiobook triumphs as John Berendt's The City of Falling Angels and Lisa Gardner's Alone, delivers a smooth single-malt scotch of a performance. Graham brings a straight-arrow, earnest 20-something cadence to Mitch's voice. He also skillfully navigates the diverse cast of Southern California characters-young Holly facing danger with both grace and bravery, a seasoned homicide detective, a sadistic kidnapper obsessed with New Age spirituality, and a high-tech entrepreneur hiding a sinister secret-with masterful use of vocal inflection and carefully timed pauses. Simultaneous release with the Bantam hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 25). (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2006-04-24 Koontz (Forever Odd) is likely to have himself another bestseller in this pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich. One morning, Southern California gardener Mitchell Rafferty gets a call on his cellphone from a stranger saying that Mitch's beloved wife, Holly, has been kidnapped and that he has less than three days to come up with $2 million in cash. Of course, he's warned not to involve the police. While Mitch is still on the phone, the kidnapper proves his seriousness by directing Mitch's attention to a man walking a dog across the street. A moment later the man is shot dead. Mitch must walk a fine line-cooperating with the police inquiry into this murder without revealing Holly's plight. Koontz ratchets up the tension in a manner sure to captivate most readers, though some may find the ending anticlimactic. (May 30) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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