Dean Koontz, The Husband

Dean Koontz, his dog and his new house in 2009.
Dean Koontz, his dog and his new house in 2009. | Source

'Love scrubs the worst stains clean. Anyway, there can be no retreat in the face of evil, only resistance. And commitment.' says Dean Koontz at the end of his story. This is a beautiful piece of wisdom that I did not expect to find in a thriller. And it's accuracy sustains not only as the novel goes on but on the face of the life itself.

I do not recall ever reading a Koontz's book, although I knew he is a very successful writer. I was not even curious about his work because, lately, on my spare time, I only red science fiction books. I picked up this book because someone left it on the check out counter while I was living the library in a hurry, with just kids books on my hands.

After I red the first chapter I wanted to give up on it.The first pages, full with dialogs, got me very bored. (My last piece of literature was 'The Metamorphosis' by Kafka) But I decided to give it one more chance. And so..I got to finish it.

The first pages tell us basic information about the main character, Mitch Rafferty. He is married, no kids, and manages a two men gardening business. He's just taking care of some-body's lawn when the phone rings and the next thing we know is that he has to produce 2 million dollars to save his wife. At the same time, a man waking a dog gets his brain blown by a shot gun. From now on, the plot slowly reveals unexpected scenes, twists of faith, the growth of an horrifying evil, the character's own changes of personality. We get to meet his dad and find out about his surreal childhood.


Finally, the story grabbed my attention with its tense developments. Then I started to actually pay attention to the entire writing. I mostly admired the author's use of nature; in between the dialogs and action scenes, he filled up the blanks with descriptions of the surroundings: the yard, the alleys, the subtle changes in a day as the hours passes, the smells of the plants, grounds, dust or blood. These small pieces of writing architecture give the story a very real perception. Koontz is smart, he does not overdue it, only gives you as much as you need to fill like you are there.

When I was done with the novel, I was still thinking about this poor Mitch, and how much he had to endure, only to have such a common halt, at the end of the book. I can not believe is possible to stand the evil alone and survive his fury.

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Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

Hiya, I just thought i would pay you a visit, as you kindly wrote on my hub. and to my suprise you wrote about Dean Koontz. he is one of my favorite authors, I have read nearly all of his books. about 30 or maybe more. I love the way he always has a dog in his books, he obviously loves animals. keep reading them as they are really good. lol Nell


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cameciob 7 years ago Author

Hi Nell Rose

Thanks for reading my hub. Koontz is sure on my list of readings after i'll be done with onather SF. But I would more likely read a short story or a novel about the sleeping girl in your hub.


Website Examiner 6 years ago

Cameciob, you have written a sincere and interesting book review. I am wondering whether you have done this kind of thing often. Also, I hope someday we will be able to work together on a project of some kind. W.E.


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cameciob 6 years ago Author

Hi Website Examiner, I am glad you stopped and read my first hub. When I was a journalist in my country I used to be part of a morning TV show where my main duty was to produce a book review a day. I loved that job and I guess it was a good practice. Thank you for your nice comment, and, of course, I'll be very happy to be part of a project where I could, once again, use my almost forgotten writing skills.

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