Book Reviews of The Door to December

The Door to December
The Door to December
Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN-13: 9780451181374
ISBN-10: 0451181379
Publication Date: 10/1/1994
Pages: 510
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 360 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
Another suspenseful thriller by Dean Koontz. Couldn't put it down until I finished it.
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Helpful Score: 5
One of Koontz's older books, it's about pediatric psychiatrist who's trying to figure out what has left her 9 year old daughter so traumatized. It's a bit long, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last chapter.
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Helpful Score: 5
Little Melanie had been kidnapped when she was only three. She was nine when she was found wandering the L. A. streets,with blank eyes. What had become of her in all those years of darkness and what was the terrible secret, clutching at her soul. that she dared not even whisper??
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Helpful Score: 4
If you are a dean Koontz lover,this is one of his best.A young girl has seen things so terrible,she forgets everything.Until it's time to remember.
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Helpful Score: 4
Little Melanie was three years old when she was kidnapped. She wasninw when she was found the L.A. streets with blank eyes.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is an awsome book. This was one of the best books of his that I have read in a long time. Just hated finishing it, it was just that good.
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Helpful Score: 4
love Dean Koontz another all nighter couldnt put down
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Helpful Score: 2
Very good thriller, Koontz can sure write a great book!!
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Helpful Score: 2
Great book. Recommend it to all Dean Koontz fans.
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Little Melanie had been kidnapped when she was only three. She was nine when she was found wandering the L.A. streets, with blank eyes. What had become of her in all those years of darkness...and what was the terrible secret, clutching at her soul, that she dared not even whisper?

Her loving mother and the police desperately hunted for the answer. They needed Melanie to help get to the bottom of the most savage scene of carnage the city had ever seen. And they would do anything to save her from whatever dreadful force or thing had invaded her young life. But first they would have to save themselves from a rising tide of terror...and from an icy evil howling through...
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Helpful Score: 2
Dean Koontz is a great writer your always on your toes with what will happen next.
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Early Koontz, a little wierd, but what doyou expect?
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Many of Koontz's books are about ominous things 'out there' and the power of love and family to overcome evil. This book looks at evil as power hungry men with a need to control everything that results in a whopper of 'what comes around goes around'!

I remembered little about the plot of this book although what I did recall was how terrific it was. I recently re-read this and my memory did not lie.

The main character is Dan Haldane, a homicide detective, who lives and breathes his work. When he gets called to a terrible murder scene, he meets a little 9 year old girl who has been through terrible experimentation and abuse at the hands of her father (who abducted her at the age of 3)and some other very nasty men. He also falls for her beautiful mother, a Psychiastrist, who can't believe that she has her little girl back.

More terrible murders occur and during his investigation our hero realizes that he is dealing with a psychogeist. The catharsis comes when he realizes the way to stop the killing and races to make that happen.

Excellent book. I enjoyed it tremendously and hope you do, too!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Another good suspense/horror novel by Dean Koontz. It was a little slow starting for me, but once I read the first couple of chapters, I could hardly put it down. A young girl is kidnapped from her mother by her father, then shows up walking down the street years later--and her dad was using her for weird and scary experiments. Interesting book if you like Dean Koontz! I loved it!
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When I first started to read it, I thought, where is this going, what is going on, then it all came together and i'm here to say that those that got destroyed, deserved it.
It's a great book if you like the twist and turns that this author is so wonderful at acheving. HE is my favorite author.
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This was such a good book!! Dean Koontz really does it again.
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This book had it all for me: mystery, action, and the occult just to make it more interesting. I recommend it.
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This book was wonderful. The 1st book I read by Dean Koontz. Great thriller. Couldnt put the book down.
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Melanie is kidnapped at 3 by her sadistic father who brainwashes her for 6 yrs. He and some colleges needed a subject to test their theories about astral projecting. This one has a bit of everything. One of my favorite Koontz books, could not put it down.
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Great!!! One of my favorite Koontz books!
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This is one of the better Koontz stories. Unbelievable horror involving a child and her nutty, yet GENIUS, father. Gets you to thinking, for sure, and terrifies you.
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As a recent inductee into the Koontz fan base, I didn't know what to expect with this book. It was amazing. I couldn't put it down and finished it in 2 days while in bed with pneumonia.
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Finding your daughter after she had been missing for years, should be a joyous occasion. But now you have to keep her safe from some unknown force that is killing everyone connected with her kidnapping and the experiments she was used in.
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I love this book! Great suspense and horror type things
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Kidnapped girl returns home different; supernatural mystery with sympathetic characters
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Nine year old Melanie was kidnapped by her own father at the age of three. For several years her father kept her locked in the basement, undergoing scientific experiments to aid his research. This involved being forced to sit in an electric chair to learn to block out pain and left for hours at a time in a sensory deprivation tank, and denied the chance to leave the basement or have any contact with the outside world. After her father and his friends are brutally murdered, Melanie is found wandering the streets naked and deeply catatonic, terrified of what she calls "The Door To December". It also seems that somebody is after the girl. Now it's up to Melanie's mother, a policeman named Dan and a hired bodyguard named Earl to protect the autistic, troubled girl, discover who's behind the murders, who's after Melanie, and learn the truth about the mysterious "Door To December" that the girl is terrified of.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of my very favorite Dean Koontz books. I've read it several times.
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The usual dose of excitement and bizarre fantasy
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A thriller with the usual twist in the beginning, middle, and end.
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Published pseudonymously in 1985, Koontz has revised this thriller portraying a pediatric psychiatrist's attempts to unravel the mental trauma suffered by her estranged nine-year-old daughter. One of Koontz's best-loved novels of psychological suspense, The Door to December takes readers into the darkest recesses of the human mind-and into the tempest of a father's obsession.
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Little Nelanie had been kidnapped when she was only three. She was nine when was found wandering the L.A. streets with blank eyes. What had become of her in all those yrars of darkness... and what was the terrible secret clutchting at her soul that she dare not even whisper.
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FROM THE PUBLISHER
The #1 New York Times bestselling author delivers a truly suspenseful novel of a mother who must save her daughter from a threat she can hardly understand. What happened to nine-year-old Melanie during the six years she was subjected to terrifying experiments? And what is the unstoppable power that she can unleash from behind the "Door to December"?
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Dean Koontz is a marvel in imagination!
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Classic Koontz!
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I loved this book. Its one of my favorites.
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An exciteing cat and mouse chase that is grounded in a more than usually believable contxt.Koontz skillfully intercuts scenes that comment on each other and build ever more tension...touching on such issues as child abuse,governmental protection of criminals,and the gray moral areas of human expereimentation.
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Creepy mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end!
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Another excellent book by Koontz!!
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GREAT!!! One of my favorite Koontz books!
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"An exciting cat-and-mouse chase that is grounded in a more than usually believable context. Touching on such issues as child abuse, governmental protection of criminals, and the gray moral areas of human experimentation. He keeps his appealing characters moving at a breakneck pace toward revelations from which they shrink."
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This is one of my absolute favorite books and the only book that has made me cry!
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Awesome book! The beginning was a bit slow but it got better.
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This is the first book by Koontz I ever read, hes the best!!!!
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Another great Koontz read.
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I loved this book! It's so great right down to the last page!
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very scary..two nights sleep lost finishing it up.
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Another great one by Koontz.
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Thriller
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A creepy read as doen by Dean Koontz himself!
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Koontz is a master of prose when it comes to character building- from the warmest to the most despicable. And yet when you finish one of his books, you're always left with a feeling of hope- for this crazy human race. This book contains a six-page new afterword from the author.
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Very good! Keeps you guessing.
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Published pseudonymously in 1985, Koontz has revised this thriller portraying a pediatric psychiatrist's attempts to unravel the mental trauma suffered by her estranged nine-year-old daughter.
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Daughter is kidnapped and used as an experiment for five years. They give up hope in finding her, but it turns out she has only been a few blocks away at a warehouse undergoing experiments............
Love the plot and enjoyed the ending.
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Excellent book.... probably one of my favorites from Koontz. It's intense, it hooks you from early on, and make you so curious you just can't put it down. Highly recommend.
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Excellent! Found it hard to put down-even at the end!!!
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I loved this book. I thought it was one of his best. It was a real page turner.
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Little Melanie had been kidnapped when she was only three. She was nine when she was found wandering the L.A. streets, with blank eyes. What had become of her in all those years of darkness...and what was the terrible secret, clutching at her soul, that she dared not even whisper?

Her loving mother and the police desparately hunted for the answer. They needed Melanie to help get to the bottom of the most savage scene of carnage the city had ever seen. And they would do anything to save her from whatever dreadful force or thing had invaded her young life. But first they would have to save themselves from a rising tide of terror and from an icy evil howling through the Door to December.
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This book is about a little girl who was kidnapped and knows about a dreadful act of carnage caused by the "icy evil that comes through the door way to december".

I love koontz's style. He is able to keep you turning the pages with his riveting plot developements and don't forget his twist at the end.
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This another brilliant work by Koontz!
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I read this one in high school.. I couldn't put it down
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This is one of my favorite Koontz Thrillers
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This book is a really quick read! It's about a little girl who's father is a scientist. The girl's Mother and Father are divorced. The Father kidnaps their daughter and does all sorts of scientific tests on the poor child. Unfortunately, her mother doesn't know where her daughter is nor does she know about the testing her ex-husband has been performing.
One day, the Father is murdered and the Mother is finally reunited with her long-lost daughter. Unfortunaltely, its to late.Due to her father's scientific testing, the girl has become something-like, in my opinion, a "walking zombi".

This story is about the Mother and daughter reuniting and how they develop a relationship together. The book shares the story of the Mother's ups and downs in trying to help her daughter escape the "zombi-like" transe and her struggle in trying to reverse the psychological damage that the daughter has endured because of the Father's scientific testing.

It's a very, very good book! I couldn't put it down!
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I enjoyed this book. Sometimes I became really angry at how Melanie was treated, even though I KNOW it's fiction. It was very realistically written. Child abuse, child abduction, human experimentation, all skillfully handled.
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From Publishers Weekly: "An exciting cat-and-mouse chase that is grounded in a more than usually believable context. (Koontz) skillfully intercuts scenes that comment on each other and build ever more tension .... touching on such issues as child abuse, governmental protection of criminals, and the gray moral areas of human experimentation. He keeps his appealing characters moving at a breakneck pace toward revelations from which they shrink."
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Not one of my favorite Koontz books but it still delivered the steady fare I appreciate from the author. Probably would have enjoyed it more it I had read it in 1985, when it was first published.

New word learned: psychogeist.
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Melanie has been kidnapped. When she is found wandering the streets, she is not the same child as before she left. She has seen something beyond our world.
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I had a hard time putting this one down. Very intense book. Typical Dean Koontz.
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Another great Koontz story! Kept me on the edge of my seat!
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Foo Koontz' fans a must read. Kept me guessing all the way.
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Older version
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well, this is probably not the review to get someone to request it.

not my favorite koontz, but absorbing at times. i was interested enough to finish it, so i guess it is an average book.

i objected to two things. one was due to total lack of research--koontz simply wasn't credible. the other was an appalling absence of common sense and common knowledge in police procedure.

next time, do the research, dean.
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One of Koontz's best thrillers.
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I had a hard time putting the one down!
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A Great book loved reading it. A+++
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I am a huge Koontz fan and I felt this was very good read.
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I have read several Dean Koontz books.I would say this is the best of all the great books he has written.Keeps you on edge throughout.
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This newly repackaged Koontz classic--one of his best-loved novels of psychological suspense--features a new Afterword by Koontz that examines what this book means to him 25 years after he first wrote it.
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This is one of Mr Koontz earlier efforts, and it is pretty good but definitely not his best. I guessed the end about half way through or earlier, but was entertained with the details on the way to the end. 3 stars.
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from amazon...

Nine year old Melanie was kidnapped by her own father at the age of three. For several years her father kept her locked in the basement, undergoing scientific experiments to aid his research. Melanie is found wandering the streets naked and deeply catatonic, terrified of what she calls "The Door To December". Now it's up to Melanie's mother, a policeman named Dan, and a hired bodyguard named Earl to protect the autistic, troubled girl, discover who's after Melanie, and learn the truth about the mysterious "Door To December" that the girl is terrified of.
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little melanie had been kidnapped when she was 3, now she is nine and found wandering the streets of l.a. with blank eyes,what had become of her?in all those years of darkness? read and find out i read this years ago and was good then and the same for now, it is good reading
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Creepy! Great Koontz book.
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this is another typical Dean Koontz thriller. Very bizarre!
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One of Koontz's finest books!
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Dean delivers yet again.
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This is a Koontz thriller. Will keep you awake.
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This Book was a very good read and made me jump several time. Not so good for getting to sleep easily though.
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This book is an exciting cat-and-mouse chase that is grounded in a more than usually believable context. The author, Koontz, skillfully intercuts scenes that comment on each other and build ever more tension...touching on such issues as child abuse, governmental protection of criminals, and the gray moral areas of human experimentation. He keeps his appealing characters moving at a breakneck pace toward revelations from which they shrink.
Little Melanie had been kidnapped when she was only three. She was nine when she was found wandering the L.A. streets with blank eyes. What had become of her in all those years of darkness..and what was the terrible secret, clutching at her soul, that she dared not even whisper?
Her loving mother and the police desparately hunted for the answer. They needed Melanie to help get to the bottom of the most savage scene of carnage the city had ever seen. And they would do anything to save her from whatever dreadful force or thing had invaded her young life. But first they would have to save themselves from a rising tide of terror...and from an icy evil howling through.... the door to December.
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This book was very intense. Dean Koontz does it again. I read it in 4 days.
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Typical Dean Koontz horror. Light, but exciting reading!
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good shape
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Again I can't say too much about this, it was for a friend who has it already.
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Haven't read this. Registered with bookcrossing.com.