Book Reviews of The Door to December

The Door to December
The Door to December
Author: Dean Koontz
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ISBN-13: 9780451205421
ISBN-10: 0451205421
Publication Date: 6/1/2002
Pages: 518
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 237 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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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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Foo Koontz' fans a must read. Kept me guessing all the way.
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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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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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very scary..two nights sleep lost finishing it up.
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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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This another brilliant work by Koontz!
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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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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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I read this one in high school.. I couldn't put it down
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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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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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Very good! Keeps you guessing.
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Another great one by Koontz.
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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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This is a Koontz thriller. Will keep you awake.
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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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I had a hard time putting this one down. Very intense book. Typical Dean Koontz.
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One of Koontz's finest books!
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Dean delivers yet again.
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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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I loved this book! It's so great right down to the last page!
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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 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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Another great Koontz story! Kept me on the edge of my seat!
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This is one of my favorite Koontz Thrillers
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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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A creepy read as doen by Dean Koontz himself!
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Thriller
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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.