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With each and every new novel, Dean Koontz raises the stakes—and the pulse rate—higher than any other author. Now, in what may be his most suspenseful and heartfelt novel ever, he brings us the story of an ordinary man whose extraordinary commitment to his wife will take him on a harrowing journey of adventure, sacrifice, and redemption to the mystery of love itself—and to...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Bantam (first published May 30th 2006)
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Todd Greene
Feb 12, 2008 Todd Greene rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: adults, teens
I've always thought of Dean Koontz as the master of psychological suspense. His novels are aways full of weird and over the top characters that he makes believable and then he puts them in situations which are weird and over the top and makes them believable.

This time around Dean changes things up a bit. He takes an average Joe and puts him in a seemingly no win situation. Mitch Rafferty, owner of a two man landscaping business gets the phone call no husband would want. Someone has his wife. Tha...more
Christine
I thought it started well... with a twist that surprised me and captured my interest. From there, it just got less and less believable. From a storytelling standpoint, it was marginal, but as a quality piece of writing it was much worse. It felt churned out, quickly crafted without much afterthought other than the meticulous use of landscaping vocabulary. I'll say this for it, though, there weren't a lot of words on the page so I didn't waste a lot of time getting to the end.
Alejandro
There was a while since I had read a new novel by Dean Koontz, well, at least new to me, and I was quite excited to read this one. I thought that the premise was very good. A husband is threatened by some unknown people kidnapping his wife and demanding two million dollars, that indeed he doesn't have and he hadn't the least clue of how to get it. The book is divided in three parts, and I think that the first part is the more solid of the whole book, since you are in the same boat that that main...more
Maciek
This books contains the funniest simile ever: The man character drives his car and is accompanied by The hobgoblins of wind. Yes, HOBGOBLINS OF WIND.

Okay, so I've read The Husband when it came out and forgot it entirely. Deciding to write a review of it, I grabbed a paperback and began to read.

The Husband is one of those airport books that will keep your attention during the flight, but you can leave them on the plane without feeling any guilt. Character development is practically nonexistant....more
Graham
Although Dean Koontz isn’t quite as successful as Stephen King, he’s certainly been writing for a long time now, almost as long as King himself. In the old days he used to do supernatural horrors but these days he seems to have re-branded himself as a thriller writer, and there’s no doubting that he’s extremely prolific – I see new books coming out from him all the time. The Husband was released a couple of years ago and it’s familiar territory for thriller fans: a seemingly innocuous man finds...more
Heather
Aug 25, 2008 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: co-worker
Shelves: 2008, borrowed
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Rachel
I read this book in about a day, and I really enjoyed it. One of the things I love about reading a Dean Koontz book is that I can pretty much tell just by the fact that he wrote it that it will be a good read.

This book follows a man who is trying to ransom his kidnapped wife. It explores the elastic nature of human morality and is full of twists and turns. Mitch (the protagonist) is a simple gardener who finds his life turned upside down in the blink of an eye. He is forced to alter his entire p...more
James
First Impressions:

What I liked about The Husband has to do with the husband's reactions to the news that his wife has been kidnapped and the kidnappers seem to have unlimited resources and can kill him at any time.

Plots (some spoilers):

His name is Mitch, and he lives a good life as a gardener. He knows he does not have the money. Later the criminals get him to get his brother Anson involved, who, it turns out, is a criminal himself. The kidnappers know this and want to pull one over on Anson....more
Diletta
Dovevo immaginarmelo che dopo aver letto I Fratelli Karamazov qualunque libro avrebbe fatto una figura barbina. Mi dispiace, caro Koontz, che questa triste sorte sia capitata proprio a te - sei un omino tanto simpatico e carino - ma su, non si può fare un paragone tra te e il mio mattacchione russo.
Sono sicura che non te la prenderai.

Allora, vediamo. Il marito è un libro interessante sotto tanti punti di vista.
La trama è presto detta. Mitch, il protagonista, un uomo qualunque - a Koontz pi...more
wally
this is an excellent story. this guy who makes more money than i do gets this call on his cell. some crazies have kidnapped his wife...his worker, iggy, is familiar...a boardhead who uses words like fully macking tubular stuff. okay, maybe he doesn't say 'tubular stuff' but you get the drift.

mitch isn't prepared..."his parents had raised him to be prey"....his folks are...sheesh, creepy and it doesn't stop there.

68 chapters of mayham. i read someone's review that disagreed w/mitch doing bad thi...more
Sebastian
Entertaining, but nothing to write home about

This book is fine, but Koontz has us used to getting better from him. The story is fast-paced and has a few interesting twists and turns, but I would have trouble to really point out anything that makes it special compared to run-of-the-mill suspense thrillers. The premise is interesting enough. Mitch, a blue collar working man that is happy with his gardening work and his wife, is shocked when he gets a call saying his wife has been kidnapped and the...more
Emily
I found this book in the attic of a house i just moved into, after spending the day lugging around heavy boxes and sorting thru everything i thought why not take a break and read a few chapters, well turns out this is not one of those books you can read for a couple chapters at a time, as soon as i picked it up and started reading i found myself competely unable to stop! Before i knew it i had read the entire book anaware of how much time had passed!! It seems to me that the majority of the book...more
Brenda Whitner
This was a pretty good book. Moved a little slow at times and the ending was a little unbelievable. This was about Mitch Rafferty and his wife getting kidnapped. He was given 60 hours to come up with 2 million dollars to save his wife Holly. Mitch owned a landscaping business but nothing that earned that kind of money. The killers kill an innocent man to prove they mean business when they make that original phone call. Detective Taggart is the officer investigating the murder of the man. Detecti...more
Ryan
Dec 09, 2007 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: adults, ya
Shelves: darker, thinker
I finished reading another Dean Koontz novel. This one is titled The Husband. I believe it’s his second most recently published book.

Like The Good Guy this book doesn’t follow the ‘typical’ Koontz novel in that there was no supernatural thingies involved. Also like TGG, most of the action/plot/etc revolved around a solid character that is written so well you have to like him. I liked him because he and I share the same surname, which sometimes made the book a little creepy, to be honest. Anyway,...more
Corey Holst
Chilling premise, lots of twists. A man with a small landscaping business is put to the test when his wife is kidnapped and the badguys ask for $2,000,000.00 for her return. I like that it's just about an average guy who has no idea why "they" targeted him. The so-called middle class is a lot lower than it used to be and there is no way any of us could suddenly come up with two million dollars. He must go to extraordinary lengths and fundamental changes in his own personality if he hopes to find...more
Shereen Mohamed reda
ينتابني حيالها شعور سئ
دي تعتبر من أطول الحاجات اللي خدت فيها وقت بتاع 32 يوم,,سبتاها بتاع أسبوعين و رجعت ناسية الشخصيات أصلا
مفيهاش ابداع
أحداث جمب بعضها مفروض بتخطف أنفاسك وتلهثها وكدة
خطف ..قتل..سرقة..كله ع بعضه ..مش حارمين حد من حاجة
ابتذااال مُكثف
الحاجات دي بتبوظ روحي
بتعوّدني ع الابتذال
هحاول أنقي بعد كدة بدقة أكتر اللي بقراه
النهاية السعيدة هي اللي تعبتني نفسيا
ازاي بعد ما قتل و سرق و خطف و هدد و أعداءه منظمات محترفة اجرامية و بتاع
و ف الأخر الشرطة ماعملتلوش أي حاجة وصدقته كأنها بتقرا قصته معانا
اي...more
Natalie Monroe
One would expect with a storyline revolving around an average Joe struggling to ransom his kidnapped wife back that it'd be super intense and keep me on the edge of my seat, right?



It dragged on and on and the writing wasn't something I'd expect from a bestselling author. It was sketchy and the dialogue at times was just plain awkward.

There were some moments that made me sit up, but those were far and in-between and mostly had to do with the wife, Holly. The husband, Mitch was a fucking pansy and...more
paris
كَمْ أحببت ميتش ..
هذا الرجل المخلص والرائع ..
الذي تغلب على الصعوبات وقام بكل التضخيات ..
لينقذ زوجته الحبيبة ..
بما فيه عقد التربية التي قام بها والديه ..
وهي مشاكل لم يستطع شقيقه تجاوزها..
ميتش ..

هو من الرجال الذين تتساءل أي فتاة هل هو موجود حقاً ؟

أوصي بقراءة هذه الرواية وبشدة ..
Nazia Ahmed
Dean Koontz is my brother's favorite author. In desperate needs of reading anything, I was given this book, I had no choice but to read it. I must say I did enjoy this novel, it gripped me from start to finish.
Edward Lorn
THE HUSBAND Review This could possibly be the last good Dean Koontz novel. I only say "possibly" because I have yet to read RELENTLESS, which was published after this one, and do not hold high hopes for me liking it.

Written in 2006, three years after the stellar debut of Pico Mundo's paranormally-inclined fry cook, THE HUSBAND avoids all the typical Koontz trappings. There's no witty/sarcastic narrator, no uber smart Golden, no blond female lead, no unrealistic dialogue, absolutely zero filler,...more
Brett Tompkins
I read quite a few Koontz novels in High School and really enjoyed them. I've been reading some of his older stuff over the last couple years and I don't enjoy them as much as I used to. Some are very good, and some are difficult to get through. The Husband was different than his typical supernatural/horror novels that I've always known him for. I know that he didn't want to get stuck in one genre, so I'm sure that this novel was written to prove that he can write suspensful thrillers in additio...more
Christopher Jones
My first novel by Koontz and it might've been my last had I not made it my life's mission to figure out why the guy was popular.

Characters: There are a generous handful of them. Mitch, the gardener protagonist. His brother. His parents. The Detective Taggart. The kidnappers. None of them are really developed, save for Mitch: his developmental arc centers around his realization that evil exists....except he already seemed to know it existed already. For all Koontz rantings about the fact that ev...more
Stephanie Dahlberg
Man, I really couldn't put this book down! I've read other book by Dean Koonz but this one will stick with me as a favorite. Here's the premise that sucked me in immediately:

Mitchell is an average guy who must suddenly deal with an impossible situation: the kidnapping of
his beloved wife. Worse, he hasn't got any possibility of paying the ransom of $2mil in any amount of time, let alone in the 48 hours demanded by the kidnappers. He's a gardener, for Heaven's sake!

One twist after another smacke...more
Keri
It has been a while since I read a Koontz book; I had forgotten how creative and clever and engrossing they are. I brought this along with me on vacation in case I didn't like the other books I brought. I ended up reading all the material I had brought with me so I started this one on the plane ride home and couldn't put it down until I had finished. Reading a Koontz book never fails to make me wonder "where does he come up with this stuff?!". The story centers around a gardner, Mitch, whose wif...more
Christy
Mitchell Rafferty’s happy living a middle-class life. He owns his own landscaping company and is deeply in love with his wife Holly. Mitch is somewhat amazed everything seems so normal for him, considering the way he and his four siblings were raised by his nontraditional parents. But his world tilts off balance with one phone call, the man on the other end of the line telling him he has his wife and she will be killed unless Mitch can raise two million dollars within 70 hours. Mitch knows he ca...more
Jess
This is the first Koontz book I have read, and second time I have tried to read this particular book - the first time I only got a few chapters in before something else caught my attention, and now a few years later I was ready to try again.

I'm so undecided about how I feel now I have finished this novel. I liked the story line and the pace of the book with its plot twists and turns, I think it was Koontz's writing style that has confused me. He was very detailed with his descriptions, but I fe...more
Brittany
Title: The husband
Author: Dean Koontz

Summery: I really like the book " The Husband". It is a very descriptive book. Trust me! Reading it really made me not want to put the book down. Theres a guy and his wife. His wife one day calls him and tells him " What ever happens I love you" He tries asking her why but she won't tell him why. And then a guy gets on the phone and says, " You can get your wife back for 2 million cash" This is what the back of the book says.

" You will get her back for 2 mill...more
Shab Neez
The book was somehow similar to Dean Koontz other books. It felt like there was bits and pieces of the other books in it.
The start of the book was pretty enthralling. I was hoping he would go along the line: he's a gardener and he needs to find the two million dollars by himself. He had me thinking it was going to be a sort of game; him being chosen particularly because he had no means of getting the two millions and he was going to be tested whether or not he could do it on his own. That's why...more
Christine
This definitely wasn't your typical Dean Koontz novel. It felt more like a thriller than his usual horror/supernatural stuff. I liked it because of that. It also was a novel that gave me a lot of the unexpected. Just when I thought the book was getting a bit caught up with too many details, Koontz threw me a curve. Mitch, the main chararcter, had unusual parents and if there was a bit of horror to the book, it was them. Everything was tied up neatly in the end with a few exceptions. I guess that...more
Kellie
This is only the 2nd Koontz book I have read. Around the 100th page, the book pulled me under and wow what a wild ride it was. This was loaded with twists, turns and great suspense. Mitch owns a small landscaping company. He is working at a clients house when his cell phone rings “We have your wife. You can get her back for $2 million in cash.” The twisting begins. There are a lot of surprises in this book. And you think you know the direction the story is going to take you and boom another surp...more
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“A man begins dying at the moment of his birth. Most People live in denial of Death's patient courtship until, late in life and deep in sickness, they become aware of him sitting bedside.” 25 likes
“She can put her life in Mitch's strong hands and fall at once into a dreamless sleep. In a sense, that is what marriage is about-a good marriage-a total trusting with your heart, your mind, your life.” 1 likes
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