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He was clinically dead after the accident—but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something has come back with Hatch from the other side. A terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic's, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him. He was clinically dead after the accident—but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something has come back with Hatch from the other side. A terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic's, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him.


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He was clinically dead after the accident—but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something has come back with Hatch from the other side. A terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic's, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him. He was clinically dead after the accident—but was miraculously revived. Now Hatch Harrison and his wife approach each day with a new appreciation for life. But something has come back with Hatch from the other side. A terrible presence that links his mind to a psychotic's, so that a force of murderous rage courses through him.

30 review for Hideaway

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Koontz Group Read August 2017 - my second read In the beginning, 2 California residents, Hatch (antique dealer) & Lindsey Harrison (artist) reminiscence the lose of their son, James(5), to cancer. They go on a trip to forget their lost. In a snowy truck accident, they crash thru a guard rail & go into a frigid river. Sheriff Redman jumps into the river & pulls them out. Lindsey is saved. But it appears Hatch drowned then saved in a hospital by obsessive Dr. Nyebern to prevent Hatch's brain dam Koontz Group Read August 2017 - my second read In the beginning, 2 California residents, Hatch (antique dealer) & Lindsey Harrison (artist) reminiscence the lose of their son, James(5), to cancer. They go on a trip to forget their lost. In a snowy truck accident, they crash thru a guard rail & go into a frigid river. Sheriff Redman jumps into the river & pulls them out. Lindsey is saved. But it appears Hatch drowned then saved in a hospital by obsessive Dr. Nyebern to prevent Hatch's brain damage. In grief, they adopt Regina with hard acceptance by her & many to accept. Enter "Vassago", the book's monster character performing as expected - attacking & killing people, to get back his "Satan" spirit so he can go back to hell. He places nightmares on Hatch to hurt others. He takes other victims to his "Hideaway" Funhouse park. Then he takes Regina to his collection. What could Hatch do? Typical Koontz horror book, it's a good read. My April 2015 read Hatch Harrison & Lindsey (wife) avoid a truck (Bill Cooper) going into a river killing Hatch. Dr. Jonas Nyebem resuscitates him with the "Vassago" spirit killing others. Vassago did take their adopted child Regina to his "hideaway", a deserted amusement park. Dr. Nyebem other spirit was Jeremy, he stop bringing people from the dead, creating psychotic killers?..... I did have some problems following the book, this synopsis looks better by others. IMDb - credit to Koontz book used for movie YouTube - Hideaway (1995) HQ Trailer 🍿Movie Poster🍿

  2. 4 out of 5

    Luvtoread

    I really enjoyed this book and the movie was pretty creepy too!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    I allowed my many library books to jump ahead of finishing Hideaway, which I own. However it's a superb book! A great mix of everyday horror with very real, average characters. As Koontz addressed at the end of the book, the good vs evil theme struck a cord in a lot of readers. I found this storyline definitely added to the reality, especially as shown through the eyes of Regina, a 12 year old orphaned girl. I recommend this book as a great thriller! I allowed my many library books to jump ahead of finishing Hideaway, which I own. However it's a superb book! A great mix of everyday horror with very real, average characters. As Koontz addressed at the end of the book, the good vs evil theme struck a cord in a lot of readers. I found this storyline definitely added to the reality, especially as shown through the eyes of Regina, a 12 year old orphaned girl. I recommend this book as a great thriller!

  4. 4 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    4 stars 🇺🇸🦋

  5. 5 out of 5

    Corey

    Having been trying to finish the Odd Thomas series, I tried very hard to push through #6, but I just couldn't do it, the series started out good but now it just feels like it's lost it's magic. So for the longest time I kind of lost interest in Dean Koontz. But I went through my whole collection of books, and I remember how much I loved a lot of his older books or even his stand-alone ones, some of my favorites being Watchers, Lightning, and Intensity! So I decided to give Hideaway a shot, and I Having been trying to finish the Odd Thomas series, I tried very hard to push through #6, but I just couldn't do it, the series started out good but now it just feels like it's lost it's magic. So for the longest time I kind of lost interest in Dean Koontz. But I went through my whole collection of books, and I remember how much I loved a lot of his older books or even his stand-alone ones, some of my favorites being Watchers, Lightning, and Intensity! So I decided to give Hideaway a shot, and I didn't come back disappointed! Hideaway introduces us to ordinary couple Hatch and Lindsey Harrison, who one day during a storm are out driving on a highway, when they are swerved off the road by a drunk driver, resulting in their car to crash. Lindsey survived but Hatch was clinically dead, but is miraculously revived by Doctors after dead for 80 minutes. Now Hatch and Lindsey go on with their lives, adopting a young girl named Regina, and everything seems to be looking up for them, until Hatch realizes that following his resurrection, he has developed telepathic powers linking with a serial killer know only as Vassago, who is going around killing everyone that Hatch's mind becomes connected with. Now to protect his family, Hatch realizes he may be the only capable of putting Vassago down. A great storyline, great plot, great characters, and a big twist at the end which I never saw coming! A great book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    jv poore

    Classic, suspense-filled Dean Koontz. As always, Mr. Koontz introduces at least one character that the reader simply falls for, and this is no exception with the funky, spirited young Regina completing a circle that has been open too long with the book's main characters, a couple that had been merely existing for many years. A brush with death revitalizes the relationship, but also initiates a creepy, spine-tingling connection with evil. I could not read this fast enough. One indication that thi Classic, suspense-filled Dean Koontz. As always, Mr. Koontz introduces at least one character that the reader simply falls for, and this is no exception with the funky, spirited young Regina completing a circle that has been open too long with the book's main characters, a couple that had been merely existing for many years. A brush with death revitalizes the relationship, but also initiates a creepy, spine-tingling connection with evil. I could not read this fast enough. One indication that this is an earlier novel by Mr. Koontz is the too-pat wrapping up of the intrical supporting character--the esteemed doctor, who esentially, albeit unknowingly, created the chaos.

  7. 4 out of 5

    John

    Koontz's novels range anywhere from awful to brilliant. After reading a couple of his more mediocre ones in high school, I had pretty much written him off as a poor man's Stephen King and moved on to other horror writers like Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft. Hideaway, though, showcases Koontz at the height of his talent, and it's a surprisingly powerful, intensely gruesome read. I decided to give it a chance--partly because I found it at a thrift shop for less than a dollar, and partly because I Koontz's novels range anywhere from awful to brilliant. After reading a couple of his more mediocre ones in high school, I had pretty much written him off as a poor man's Stephen King and moved on to other horror writers like Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft. Hideaway, though, showcases Koontz at the height of his talent, and it's a surprisingly powerful, intensely gruesome read. I decided to give it a chance--partly because I found it at a thrift shop for less than a dollar, and partly because I had seen the movie version and thought it to be the best of Koontz's film adaptations. Talk about getting my money's worth... Although these days Koontz has adopted a faster paced, more modern writing style, Hideaway was written back in the day when Koontz wrote in a style similar to Stephen King (causing endless comparisons to each other): namely, highly-detailed descriptions of middle-class American life combined with loads of pop culture references and highly developed, fully-realized characters that any average Joe could easily relate to. For the most part, King did it consistently better--thus my reason for abandoning Koontz for pretty much the entire last decade--but Hideaway shows that that wasn't always the case. Though it's not as good as King at his best (i.e. The Stand, It, etc.), it's definitely as good as King at his better-than-average. Hideaway sticks in my mind as having the best literary rendering of a car crash that I have ever read, and also one of the most believably twisted villains I have ever come across. It's a little too drawn-out, and some things work out a little too conveniently, but those are minor complaints. The movie version is also worth a look, as it improves on the plot somewhat...but it totally ruins the best character of the novel by changing her from a disabled orphan girl to a very ordinary one played uninterestingly by Alicia Silverstone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dustin Crazy little brown owl

    I have read Hideaway three times. I used an audiobook by Brilliance Audio to help me through this the second and third time - at the end of that program is a fun, insightful interview with Dean Koontz. I love the character of Regina. I love the setting of an abandoned amusement park. This story tells of interconnections and Koontz is not afraid to explore very dark territory. Storytellers such as Dean Koontz are a gift to the world. Some Passages: . . . she was nine years old, playing fetch with h I have read Hideaway three times. I used an audiobook by Brilliance Audio to help me through this the second and third time - at the end of that program is a fun, insightful interview with Dean Koontz. I love the character of Regina. I love the setting of an abandoned amusement park. This story tells of interconnections and Koontz is not afraid to explore very dark territory. Storytellers such as Dean Koontz are a gift to the world. Some Passages: . . . she was nine years old, playing fetch with her dog, Boo, but when the frisky Labrador brought the red rubber ball back to her and dropped it at her feet, it was not a ball any longer. It was a throbbing heart, trailing torn arteries and veins. It was pulsing not because it was alive but because a mass of worms and sarcophagus beetles churned within its rotting chambers . . . ______ As he turned the corner, a lone silvery moth darted through his headlight beams, refracting them and briefly glowing like an ember from a great fire. He remembered the bat that had swooped into the service station lights to snatch the hapless moth out of the air, eating it alive. ______ Dear Daddy: For a proper burial, they'll need to know where to find his nose. Look up his back end. He stuck it in my business, so I stuck it in his. If he'd had any manners, I would have treated him better. I'm sorry, sir, if this behavior distresses you. ______ So it is with any experience that human beings share. Each participant perceives it in a different way and takes from it a different lesson than do his or her compatriots.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danni The Girl

    3.5 rounded up to 4 This is my first novel read by Koontz and for the most part I enjoyed it. Hatch died and within 2 hours he has been given back the gift of life, and an extra gift too. The writing is so well and submerges you right into the story of good and evil. For most part of this story I wasn't sure what Vassago was, it became clear towards the end of the story, and I was a tad disappointed, I think I was expecting it to be more mysterious than it was. I think because of the mystery surr 3.5 rounded up to 4 This is my first novel read by Koontz and for the most part I enjoyed it. Hatch died and within 2 hours he has been given back the gift of life, and an extra gift too. The writing is so well and submerges you right into the story of good and evil. For most part of this story I wasn't sure what Vassago was, it became clear towards the end of the story, and I was a tad disappointed, I think I was expecting it to be more mysterious than it was. I think because of the mystery surrounding Vassago as to his actual status within the world, and then the violent and gruesome scenes, he comes across as something not quite part of this world, and unbeatable. The explanation was a bit flat for me. The build up started of really good, but towards the end of the story, it was almost like the build up had gone too far, and I lost the excitement of it all. There was a part where Hatch guessed that Vassago was going after the people he didn't like. I personally felt this was too far fetched for him to guess something like that, and it bought the story down a notch for me. This story definitely would have been given 5 star if not for the ending. Most of this book was just so good to read. You got a healthy amount of back story from different characters, which really built it up to the modern day. The build up just flopped, and the ending was too quick and again, not really believable. Vassago took Regina, and there just wasn't enough fear coming from Regina. If I was an 8 year old and a mad man took me, I would be screaming and crying and shaking with fear. To me she seemed to calm, I needed more from her character towards the end. Kidnapping a child cannot be easy, especially as Vassago had not down this before. I felt it was also too easy for the parents to kill him and have a happy ending. I wanted more of a struggle, more a fight, considering Vassago has killed so many people. It sounds like I am having a moan, which, too a point I am. I honestly did enjoy most part of this book. Koontz's writing just instantly engaged me and writes so well. I almost didn't want it to end. I did really enjoy this, just not so much the end. I will be definitely reading more from this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    Dean Koontz is my favorite author and this book is my favorite one by him. In this one, Hatch is in a car accident that results in his death. Doctors revive him even though he was clinically dead for over an hour. Now he has a psychic link with an evil man who murders humans so he can portray them in a scene that he thinks is befitting. One central theme in a Dean Koontz novel is good versus evil. This holds true for this book. This is a supernatural thriller with a spiritual message and it mixes Dean Koontz is my favorite author and this book is my favorite one by him. In this one, Hatch is in a car accident that results in his death. Doctors revive him even though he was clinically dead for over an hour. Now he has a psychic link with an evil man who murders humans so he can portray them in a scene that he thinks is befitting. One central theme in a Dean Koontz novel is good versus evil. This holds true for this book. This is a supernatural thriller with a spiritual message and it mixes in a little pseudo science. Within the opening pages I was captivated by this novel. The opening scene of the car crash is well done and the reader knows he/she is in for a thrilling ride. Actually, throughout the imagery is fantastic whether it is the antagonist's lair or the link between the two main characters. The only flaw in this book is that characters outshine the main character. Vassago, the antagonist, is super creepy and Regina, the adopted crippled child, is a pure delight and endearing. This book tackles religious questions, should medicine be used on evil, dealing with loss, and love. There is never a moment in this book that I lost interest. But I absolutely love the ending and is one of my favorites of all time. It came as a surprise during my first reading. During rereads one can catch the hints and foreshadowing throughout. There is so many parallels between the characters and I enjoy how everything goes full circle. This is an uplifting book that explores both good and evil of the supernatural world.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karen B.

    Update: August 2017 read: I just really want to add to my previous review; This time around I really enjoyed this book and what made it different for me was that I paid more attention to the ending and there were several things I liked about it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I loved the characterization in this book. I have found that on the surface, Dean Koontz may appear to be a shallow, mass producer of books, but as I read more of them I realize how well-developed many of his characters are. He has a strong theme of the battle between good and evil in many of his books that I find I really enjoy. I particularly liked the big reveal at the end of this book that explained why the mian character Hatch was able to channel the demon Vassago. There was a movie made of I loved the characterization in this book. I have found that on the surface, Dean Koontz may appear to be a shallow, mass producer of books, but as I read more of them I realize how well-developed many of his characters are. He has a strong theme of the battle between good and evil in many of his books that I find I really enjoy. I particularly liked the big reveal at the end of this book that explained why the mian character Hatch was able to channel the demon Vassago. There was a movie made of this book which I have never seen and do not plan to after reading Dean Koontz's thoughts about it. The movie chnaged the book too much and took away the innocence of one of the key characters. I would reccomend this book to those who like religious undertones in telling a good vs. eveil story and who can handle the macabre nature of the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)

    3.5/5 Stars I haven't dived into the horror or thriller genre much recently so I was hoping for something that would shock and amaze. I absolutely enjoyed the writing but the ending was just a bit far fetched in my mind so I didn't love it. I really wanted to spend more time in Jeremy's head, it was just so scary and fascinating when he spoke so politely with his victims. I'm sure I'll read another Koontz book in the future, might just be a while. 3.5/5 Stars I haven't dived into the horror or thriller genre much recently so I was hoping for something that would shock and amaze. I absolutely enjoyed the writing but the ending was just a bit far fetched in my mind so I didn't love it. I really wanted to spend more time in Jeremy's head, it was just so scary and fascinating when he spoke so politely with his victims. I'm sure I'll read another Koontz book in the future, might just be a while.

  14. 4 out of 5

    H.L. Walton

    Was a very interesting and well thought out book. Had me hooked and wanting to find out what was happening with ever page I turned. Had I had more reading time, this is one of those books I would have polished off in a couple days. A solid read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zebulynn Hanson

    One heck of a scary book. I really love how Koontz adds weird fact's in his books. They always come in handy. One heck of a scary book. I really love how Koontz adds weird fact's in his books. They always come in handy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    The plot for this one is sort of akin to another serial killer running amok, which is a type of thriller Koontz seems to lean toward. However, this one has a supernatural edge of sorts and explores another type of subject not often discussed: resuscitative medicine. Koontz does an admirable job with the research for this type of thing, as well as raising some interesting questions on the side effects of something such as this is successful. Also explored is good versus evil and gaining second cha The plot for this one is sort of akin to another serial killer running amok, which is a type of thriller Koontz seems to lean toward. However, this one has a supernatural edge of sorts and explores another type of subject not often discussed: resuscitative medicine. Koontz does an admirable job with the research for this type of thing, as well as raising some interesting questions on the side effects of something such as this is successful. Also explored is good versus evil and gaining second chances on life in general. Through the use of good characterization and people you genuinely care about (as well as a villain that’s interesting but also creepy), this plot works on multiple levels and kept me enthralled. The atmosphere isn’t as dark as some of Koontz’s other works but there’s a lot of depressing things going on, anger is expressed vividly, fear is touched upon, and the whole thing is tightly woven together. Hatch is a great guy who obviously had the blunt end of the stick in life, but because of this strives to be the best he can. The link he shares with the “other” is intriguing and his actions are overall acceptable. Lindsey was another worthy character to sit inside of…how she dealt with past issues proved fascinating and it’s apparent she’s a strong individual. Vassago is one creepy guy and enough mystery is enshrouded around him to leave the reader from becoming bored. His truth isn’t revealed until the end, and I was a bit surprised by the findings, although I had already figured out most of them. Regina is an adorable little fighter, and being inside her head was both humorous and fun. All characters were well fleshed out and three dimensional. The pace is slow yet fast at the same time. Nothing that leaves your palms constantly sweating, but fast enough to hold attention and make an enjoyable treat. Koontz’s style can differ depending on the novel. Here he comes off strong, not hampered down by unneeded prose, devoted to plot and the execution of character. His words are all beautifully phrased, straight forward, and complement what he set out to do – make a good story. I especially enjoyed how he brought disturbing points across with Vassago while not just spelling everything out. More effective that way. Hideway is a great read. One of Koontz’s better serial killer works, it touches upon the supernatural and leaves the readers clues so they don’t become confused, but doesn’t reveal all until the final segments. The emotional stakes are strong and caused me to feel a sense of kinship with whom I was reading about. Intriguing issues and moral points are brought up – from bringing back the dead, genetics, orphans and disabilities, the deaths of small children, bringing families closer together, and, of course, religion. This wasn’t a simple cat-and-mouse thriller, and Koontz added enough ‘different’ plot points to make this original in its own right. If you’re a serial killer lover, a thriller chaser, a supernatural addict, or just another Koontz fan, Hideway is definitely worth your time.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

    Oh my. Another Dean Koontz novel. Everytime I pick one of his books up I know four or five things are going to happen. 1º There's always a puppy (in this one there wasn't - which surprised me) 2º The main characters are always perfect. They are always knights in shinning armour. They have no faults whatsoever. (In this book it was true) 3º The Evil doer is always Chaotic Evil. If this was Dungeons and Dragons the guy was that one guy that chaotic evil characters are afraid of. He is that evil. 4º Oh my. Another Dean Koontz novel. Everytime I pick one of his books up I know four or five things are going to happen. 1º There's always a puppy (in this one there wasn't - which surprised me) 2º The main characters are always perfect. They are always knights in shinning armour. They have no faults whatsoever. (In this book it was true) 3º The Evil doer is always Chaotic Evil. If this was Dungeons and Dragons the guy was that one guy that chaotic evil characters are afraid of. He is that evil. 4º Everything ends perfectly well. There are no loose ends. Every character realizes something and it's a better person (if it's possible). 5º Of course the last four point's make one point stand out. Lack of Characterization. So, Hatch has an accident and a doctor reanimates him after 80 minutes. After returning to life he thinks he is crazy because he "dreams" another man dreams (or life for that matter). That evil guy I told you about starts dreaming as well. They share-bonding dreams. Meanwhile, the main characters, which had lost a child five years before are currently adopting one (as perfect as her adopt parents). The main narrative its about this I've told you. In the end there is a confrontation and If you read any other of his books you know how it ends. That's another reason I don't enjoy the books... So why read it? Well, I think he can be a good writer and envelops us with the tale. But I really hope he could do better than he has done. Be more Stephen King in the style of tales. Not every book ends well in his books. The characters are made with strong and weaker aspects that are relevant to the tale. And you fear for your character. In Koontz tales I don't fear for any of my characters. Sorry. I remove the horror tag because of that aspect... In the plus side, Vassago - the evil guy is the only one that I really enjoy reading about. Even if he is evil than evil.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pantelis Andreou

    This is my first dean koontz novel and i can say that I'm pretty impressed by the overall result! It's a fast read and it has some moments of intensity (another novel by him 😆) it's completely different from the writing style of the King wich is a good thing, i though it was going to be a ripoff like some of the king novels. Some negatives are that his writing style it has something that makes the story drag on at some parts and especially at the first 50 pages or so.. and i kind of expected mor This is my first dean koontz novel and i can say that I'm pretty impressed by the overall result! It's a fast read and it has some moments of intensity (another novel by him 😆) it's completely different from the writing style of the King wich is a good thing, i though it was going to be a ripoff like some of the king novels. Some negatives are that his writing style it has something that makes the story drag on at some parts and especially at the first 50 pages or so.. and i kind of expected more from the ending! 3,5/5 ⭐️

  19. 4 out of 5

    Briana Patterson

    Dean Koontz doing what he always does best. That's the impression that I was left with after reading this book. I enjoy the style and his ability to step out beyond the lines of what you might expect. Some of his stuff comes off as almost absurd, like an element of science fiction or fantasy dropping into what seemed to be a avereage modern society setting. Hideaway is no exception to this. However, I find that sometimes find that Koontz isn't quite at his best. I said this is what he does best, Dean Koontz doing what he always does best. That's the impression that I was left with after reading this book. I enjoy the style and his ability to step out beyond the lines of what you might expect. Some of his stuff comes off as almost absurd, like an element of science fiction or fantasy dropping into what seemed to be a avereage modern society setting. Hideaway is no exception to this. However, I find that sometimes find that Koontz isn't quite at his best. I said this is what he does best, but sometimes, it's not smooth from start to finish. ENDING TALK - BEWARE! (Won't spoil tho) What bothered me about this book was the ending. It was rushed and abrupt in some ways - not because of what happens - but in how the characters react to it. It's left with a sum-up of the aftermath and what they grew to be later on - but there was a hollow cynicism in that end that doesn't seem characteristic or likely in his ending. It wasn't bittersweet. It wasn't happy... It was just there. The end. I left myself thinking 'oh...' Aside from that it was pretty suspenseful and filled with classic Koontz devices. Enjoy! But it's not his best.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maciek

    Hideaway continues the ongoing theme of Koontz's fiction: Good vs Evil. And if you've read some Koontz before, you know his stance. To give the man some credit, the novel does open with a bang: a car accident that's vividly written and riveting, and almost justifies all the praise this work has received. But after the first 100 or so pages Hideaway looses it's appeal; even the excessive gore cannot overshadow Koontz's usual clumsy characterization and terrible dialogue. Koontz excessively draws o Hideaway continues the ongoing theme of Koontz's fiction: Good vs Evil. And if you've read some Koontz before, you know his stance. To give the man some credit, the novel does open with a bang: a car accident that's vividly written and riveting, and almost justifies all the praise this work has received. But after the first 100 or so pages Hideaway looses it's appeal; even the excessive gore cannot overshadow Koontz's usual clumsy characterization and terrible dialogue. Koontz excessively draws out the scenes to give the book some substance, but all it does is to blow the flickering candle of suspense that was so strong in the beginning. And then the climatic conslusion comes which is one of the worst in his career, and the man has penned some of the most awful endings in the history of fiction. There are some good elements in Hideaway; Some of Koontz's descriptive pasages are eye pleasing and the beginning is riveting, but as a whole the novel is drawn out to the extreme and forgettable. Not one of his better works.

  21. 5 out of 5

    TQM Doctor

    I've read this book many times but now that I'm a bit older (40's), I am a bit turned off by the incredible amount of evil exposed in this book by Koontz spending so much time in the mind of the demonic villain. Koontz uses a balance formula when he creates his "good" and "bad" characters. The contrast of the extremely evil encourages me to no only side with the good guy but to empathize to much a greater degree. An interesting book but not for the weak of spirit. I've read this book many times but now that I'm a bit older (40's), I am a bit turned off by the incredible amount of evil exposed in this book by Koontz spending so much time in the mind of the demonic villain. Koontz uses a balance formula when he creates his "good" and "bad" characters. The contrast of the extremely evil encourages me to no only side with the good guy but to empathize to much a greater degree. An interesting book but not for the weak of spirit.

  22. 4 out of 5

    The Face of Your Father

    A fantastic little book. Moves at a break neck pace. There are two types of Koontz novels; chicken shit and chicken salad. 'Hideaway' is the latter and more. Five star novels are a rare gem within Koontz's bibliography; this work is a diamond among an ocean of pieces of glass. A fantastic little book. Moves at a break neck pace. There are two types of Koontz novels; chicken shit and chicken salad. 'Hideaway' is the latter and more. Five star novels are a rare gem within Koontz's bibliography; this work is a diamond among an ocean of pieces of glass.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sean Helms

    As the author ended the book: 'Not too shabby.' A dramatic fast-paced, suspenseful story I've come to expect from Koontz. His characters come to life in a way I can see them clearly in my mind's eye. An ordinary guy dies in a mountain road accident, but is amazingly brought back after almost an hour and a half. The doctor who helped do this has done it before. The doc doesn't typically know whether the people he is giving a second chance at life are good or bad. One, some years earlier, turned ou As the author ended the book: 'Not too shabby.' A dramatic fast-paced, suspenseful story I've come to expect from Koontz. His characters come to life in a way I can see them clearly in my mind's eye. An ordinary guy dies in a mountain road accident, but is amazingly brought back after almost an hour and a half. The doctor who helped do this has done it before. The doc doesn't typically know whether the people he is giving a second chance at life are good or bad. One, some years earlier, turned out to be evil. The ordinary guy and the evil one are unfortunately linked and that link is a major part of this tale. I could hardly turn the pages fast enough while reading, and although the end is a little anti-climactic the supernatural twist makes up for it. A really good read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark R.

    I read a lot of Dean Koontz's books when I was in high school. In the past few years, I've read a few, and they usually keep my interest. His novels feature a lot of similar scenes and scenarios (frequently an evil serial killer trying to track down a protagonist who's all heart, though with a possibly tortured past, and often a friendly canine companion), and some are great, some are OK, but they're never boring. "Hideaway" was the first of his that I read, when I was fourteen, and has always be I read a lot of Dean Koontz's books when I was in high school. In the past few years, I've read a few, and they usually keep my interest. His novels feature a lot of similar scenes and scenarios (frequently an evil serial killer trying to track down a protagonist who's all heart, though with a possibly tortured past, and often a friendly canine companion), and some are great, some are OK, but they're never boring. "Hideaway" was the first of his that I read, when I was fourteen, and has always been my favorite. I picked it up again recently, curious to see if it still had the same impact, or if I liked it best simply because it was the first I read. Now, I’m sure if I’d read Hideaway fifteenth instead of first I’d have found it less exciting than I did—but reading it now, as an adult and not a junior high-age kid, it’s still damn good. I’d place it, if not at the very top, then at least very close to the top of the list of Koontz books I’ve read. I’d like to Dark Rivers of the Heart again too. That was always my second favorite (and the second of his I read...?). Vassago, the serial killer in "Hideaway" fascinates me, probably more so than the protagonist, Hatch Harrison, an oddly-named man who is resuscitated eighty minutes after death, and who is then cursed with a psychic link to Vassago. The serial killer believes he died and went to Hell and can only return once he's completed his "collection," which is, of course, a collection of dead bodies. I'm a little sad to say that this book isn't nearly as violent or dark as I remembered it. That's not to say it doesn't have quite a bit of violence and darkness, for it surely does, but it hit me a lot harder when I was fourteen. I guess that makes sense, and isn't something that requires much thinking--but something strikes me about seeing my own desensitization so clearly. I'd imagine I'd still recommend this book first if someone asked me for a Dean Koontz recommendation. There is a lot of excitement in "Hideaway," and, as with most of this author's books, the good guys are very good and easy to root for, and the bad guys are very bad and easy to hate.

  25. 5 out of 5

    C. J. Scurria

    Hatch has experienced a rare and personal breakthrough in the name of science. But as things settle in his life with he his wife and a hopeful child they want to take under their wing, something unsettling has come from that once traumatizing situation. What was thought to be complicated hallucinations, strange dreams has actually been a dark thing bubbling just under the surface. He finds out that he is able to see through another person's eyes: he peers through a stranger's vision who has a sec Hatch has experienced a rare and personal breakthrough in the name of science. But as things settle in his life with he his wife and a hopeful child they want to take under their wing, something unsettling has come from that once traumatizing situation. What was thought to be complicated hallucinations, strange dreams has actually been a dark thing bubbling just under the surface. He finds out that he is able to see through another person's eyes: he peers through a stranger's vision who has a secret place lurking amongst his twisted artistic creations. He feels the man's thoughts, his anger, his hatred of the living. And Hatch and Lindsey know only the beginning of what hell this man hopes to bring upon the beings of this earth. ---- This was a good book! I feel spoiled I had a unique way of finding out about this one. I found it in the free section of a library, bare and without a cover so I didn't know what it was about. It seemed fascinating to see a book by a writer who I haven't read but am interested in so jumping into a story I had no clue of to begin with made it extra exciting! Koontz has a great writing style. I immediately loved it. Also this book while it has some little flaws is great too. While the parts near the ending feel as if a publisher forced him to change things that were planned to unfold and the epilogue feels a little too rushed to enjoy, this book was still a good one to read. This was my first Koontz book and I don't think it will be my last.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bacon

    It took me til the near end of the book for me to realize that I had seen this movie and with that I will say that the book is much better than the movie. Hatch is an antiques store owner and his wife is an artist who are driving in icy, treacherous conditions. After seeing a beer truck blocking the highway, they lose control of the car trying to stop it and crash the car into a bridge which loses ground and plunges into the icy depths. Lindsay is barely hanging on to life but Hatch is clinicall It took me til the near end of the book for me to realize that I had seen this movie and with that I will say that the book is much better than the movie. Hatch is an antiques store owner and his wife is an artist who are driving in icy, treacherous conditions. After seeing a beer truck blocking the highway, they lose control of the car trying to stop it and crash the car into a bridge which loses ground and plunges into the icy depths. Lindsay is barely hanging on to life but Hatch is clinically dead when they are rescued but Dr. Nyeburn is a reanimator and can bring back those who have been pronounced dead after as long as 80 minutes. Hatch is reanimated but begins to have strange dreams and visions of a serial killer that goes by the name of Vassago. The murders start hitting Hatch a little close to home when he sees visions of his wife and their adopted daughter through the killer's eyes. The movie was very cheesy and really was not comparable to the book much. There were a lot of similarities, but the differences were enough to make the movie less entertaining. This is my second Koontz read and again, he did not disappoint. Not really a book that will leave you wanting to sleep with a gun in your nightstand, or the lights on for a week, but entertaining and thought-provoking.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charissa Wilkinson

    Overview: Hatch and Lindsey Harrison have somehow survived a horrific car accident. Now, filled with the hope of a new beginning, they seek to add a new member to their family. During the trial period of Regina’s adoption, visions and other weird happenings occur, making them wonder, did Hatch lose something during the accident? Or perhaps he gained a gift of some sort during his recovery. Likes: The Harrisons seemed to have a good set of attitudes. Lindsey was able to roll with the flow. Regina Overview: Hatch and Lindsey Harrison have somehow survived a horrific car accident. Now, filled with the hope of a new beginning, they seek to add a new member to their family. During the trial period of Regina’s adoption, visions and other weird happenings occur, making them wonder, did Hatch lose something during the accident? Or perhaps he gained a gift of some sort during his recovery. Likes: The Harrisons seemed to have a good set of attitudes. Lindsey was able to roll with the flow. Regina was fun to be around. And Hatch managed to avoid the personality flaws he witnessed during his youth in his own life. Dislikes: Vassago’s parts were just sad. His ego wouldn’t let him see that he was loosing what was left of his humanity. Conclusion: I enjoyed this one. Especially, imagery that Mr. Koontz can project with some of his descriptions. It was a fun read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rayroy

    I read this in high school, I guess Dean Koontz is a good author if you haven't read the likes of John Steinbeck, Don Delillo, Thomas Pynchon, Douglas Coupland,Cormac McCrathy, Ken Kesey,or Martin Amis, to name a few. If you only get your books at airport gift shops, and you read mostly the likes of Janet Evanovich, John Grisham and Harlan Coban, what I would like to call the blockbuster writers, the Jason Bays and John Carpenters of the literature world. Writers that write for the big players, I read this in high school, I guess Dean Koontz is a good author if you haven't read the likes of John Steinbeck, Don Delillo, Thomas Pynchon, Douglas Coupland,Cormac McCrathy, Ken Kesey,or Martin Amis, to name a few. If you only get your books at airport gift shops, and you read mostly the likes of Janet Evanovich, John Grisham and Harlan Coban, what I would like to call the blockbuster writers, the Jason Bays and John Carpenters of the literature world. Writers that write for the big players, that write to a certine number of rules, so that the reader is only entertained, never awestruck or enlightened. There is something familiar and safe with authors such as Dean Koontz, which is why they are so popular.

  29. 5 out of 5

    A Turtles Nest Book Reviews

    After being dead for over 80 minutes a man is brought back by a resuscitation team. Upon being brought back he learns he has some kind of phsycic connection with a deranged killer. Feeling lost and unable to help the victims he sees in the visions, he realizes it's a two way connection and the killer is after his family. A steady paced read that brings hope, love, and meaning back into the lives of two people who had lost all hope. After being dead for over 80 minutes a man is brought back by a resuscitation team. Upon being brought back he learns he has some kind of phsycic connection with a deranged killer. Feeling lost and unable to help the victims he sees in the visions, he realizes it's a two way connection and the killer is after his family. A steady paced read that brings hope, love, and meaning back into the lives of two people who had lost all hope.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Read it for a second time and just like before , I found it weak and boring.

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