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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.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Signet (first published July 1985)
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Colette Guerin
Simply awful. I will go no further than to say that Mr. Koontz hasn't the least bit of an idea of what autism really is. The idea that autism is created by neglect or abuse on a parents part ie: the "refrigerator mother" theory developed by Bruno Bettelheim was discredited many years ago. It is a neurological disorder and the cause is yet unknown, it may be genetic, it may be environmental, it may have to do with vaccinations, but most likely it has a variety of causes making it difficult to fin...more
Christopher Jones
Better than the vast majority of his new books. With all the attention focused on a traumatized little girl and little (if any ) focused on Koontz whining about how much he hates modern society or Hollywood, makes this book a winner.

Characters: Here they are alright, but still somewhat cookie-cutter. I read the book only a month or two ago and I've already forgotten the psychiatrist's name (she was one of the main characters, so that's really not good). I just checked and her name is Laura (same...more
Brett
Another worthless Dean Koontz novel full of the usual Koontz crimes against writing: awful dialogue, characters with no complexity, and a "surprise" ending that I knew was coming on page 30 of this over 500 page novel.

This is supposedly a mystery/suspense story focusing on the efforts of police officer Dan Haldane to unravel a weird case that revolves around forced sensory deprivation of a nine year old girl. As usual in the Koontz formula, Haldane falls in love with the girl's mother and there...more
Amelie Court
Oh my, this has to be my favorite book from Dean Koontz. There is something about the Author, that he can delve into the thriller realm and just suck you in, and freak you out with every turn of the page.

I loved how descriptive he was when writing this book. I had many a sleepless night when reading this, but I couldn't seem to put it down, no matter how hard I tried.

This will always remain at the top of my list forever; Unless he comes out with something even better!

Move over Stephen King, you...more
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I liked Mr. Murder better, but this one is quite intriguing. Dean Koontz has penned tales of a similar theme in Cold Fire and Brother Odd, both of which I enjoyed immensely. I loved Dan Haldane, a character of witty humor. The Door to December was originally published under a pen name in 1985.

We'll plunge into darkness,
into the hands of harm,
when Science and the Devil
go walking arm in arm.

-as quoted in The Door to December
Maciek
This is an old and rather obscure Koontz novel, originally published in 1985 under a pseudonym.

It's a pretty basic feature: Laura McCaffrey is reconciled with her daughter, whom her father kidnapped six years earlier. The police found the child in his laboratory - along with his mangled remains. Melanie, because that's the name of the girl, is overpowered by terror - and she can only say the cryptic phrase the door to december...strange things start happening, as Melanie's fathers colaborators s...more
Chelsea
The Door to December by Dean Koontz

Although Dean Koontz has written several novels, The Door to December is the first one I have read by him. He started out as an English teacher and started writing books in his spare time. He has used several pen names such as Aaron Wolfe and David Axton. Most of his novels are now published under his name though.

Door to December takes place in Los Angeles, California. It is a very suspenseful fiction novel. It has a mix of horror, mystery, and science fiction...more
Julie Luekenga
In my quest to unravel the secrets of best-selling authors, I read my first ever Dean Koontz novel, "The Door to December." He is not an author I would normally read, nor was his book a genre I would normally pick up. The book has a paranormal/horror theme. The protagonist, Dan Haldane, is well-written. His character and smart, dry-wit dialogue, help to keep the book from sinking into morose cheap thrills. There's also a subtle love theme woven into the story that adds a lighter touch.

I tried to...more
Jennifer Waddell
My absolute favourite read of all time! I don't really like the whole para normal stuff but by far this book is a hit! Unfortunate I read a lot of the reviews. Nobody was dissing autistic kids, remember folks he's a writer and a dam good one, he's not out there to put people down, I am a mother with two autistic children plus myself I carry the gene, people say to me all the time your full of shit when it's a known fact DNA approved that its what we were granted, being autistic myself I didn't f...more
Debbie
Ed Gorman and Dean Koontz (close personal friends, each referring to the other as the greatest living writer in their genre) are my favorite (living)fiction authors. Since leaving IA, I haven't been able to find any Gorman books I haven't' read. Koontz is so prolific, I doubt I'll ever run out.
He wrote The Door to December in 1985, which accounts for not only some of the particular plot/tech devices but also made it evident how much more masterfully he handles character development and dialogue...more
Henrik
It's been more than 10 years since I last read a Koontz book... 'Tis gonna be interesting...

LATER:
Okay, now I've read it. And all in all it's a pretty good yarn. A thriller-horror type story where Koontz deftly entwines pshychology and elements of the occult to fine, fairly believable effect. And the ending is more satisfying than I remember from several of his other stories. That's great:-)

Unfortunately the plot was very obvious early on and it seemed incredible that the characters had to wade...more
Jesse S. Greever
Pretty well written, typical Dean Koontz style. I was able to predict the ending about 60 percent of the way through, but that didn't ruin the book for me at all. Dated in its views on autism and the technology, but overall a very fast, engaging read!

As an aside: For those who have written reviews lambasting the author for his uninformed view on autism in this nearly-30-year-old book: get a grip, please. If you were using this book as a research tool on autism, then you would have every justifia...more
Japheth
This book was filled with clichés and insults to autism. The clichés were enough to insult everybody's intelligence already so the interchangeable use of the terms "cationic" and "autistic" tipped this over the edge enough to earn negative stars if it were possible. Yes, I get how at the time this book was written there wasn't a lot of study on autism but that doesn't mean it's fair game to make stuff up about a very real condition.

This book was very predictable and easy to figure out within th...more
David Cain
I've never read Dean Koontz before so I didn't know quite what to expect. I was...disappointed. Seems like a weak imitation of Stephen King. This book was SOOOOO predictable. I had figured out the "twist" ending in the first 50 pages and had to read the next 450 pages for my hunch to be confirmed. In fact, most of the plot twists were similarly predictable. Not sure who this book was aimed at, but my guess is either bored middle-aged housewives, or teenage boys. The whole "brainwashed sex slave"...more
Elisa
This book was decent, typical Koontz work: mystery with semi-original supernatural twist. It's an older Koontz work, which I didn't realize until partway through, so it is free of his latest craze with evil fungi and magical dogs (not that either one is inherently bad, but writing book after book with those plot elements removes the fear and wonder from those ideas). In this brand of supernaturalism, people are killed by some mysterious phantasm in gory, gruesome style. As the story progresses,...more
Scott
Another behind-the-curve suspense from Dean Koontz. The worst thing about this book is how little respect the author has for the reader. There is no show-don't-tell. Everything is told. The reader has everything handed to her. There is very little character development because Koontz doesn't want you to make up your mind. The book is completely plot driven; not a shred of insight other than a neo-con political stamp or two, which seems out of place -- I'm guessing a post-9/11 rewrite. Plop, plop...more
Paul Rosemeyer
Typical Koontz which is good, sometimes intense, and quite often "out there" with something supernatural or particularly shifted to an extreme.

I normally can't figure how a character is going to get out of a situation or what could possibly happen to make things right, Koontz is crafty, but this title was predictable early on.

A couple things in the book really date it such as the two full ashtrays in the cafeteria in the Pediatric wing of the hospital which is not possible in America anymore. Al...more
Lauren
This is a good "edge of your seat" thriller. It just sucks you in, and freaks you out with every turn of the page.

Laura McCaffrey is reunited with her 9 year old daughter, Melanie, who was kidnapped by her father six years earlier. The police the father's mangled remains & Melanie wandering naked & dazed in the streets - pretty much catatonic- only saying the cryptic phrase "the door to december is open" ... From then on, some pretty bad things start happening. One by one Melanie's fathe...more
Ash
i did not like this book at all.
this was my first Dean Koontz novel, and i must say after this book i don't think that i will be reading his work again. his writing style comes off as cheesy and long winded. and this particular story i found to be... silly.
i suppose it just wasn't my type of book...
C.M. Fenn
I'm a huge fan of Koontz, but this was probably my least favorite book of his. I felt like the whole "who done it" was GLARINGLY obvious from the get go. That being said, I would still recommend ANY of the other Koontz books Ive read.
Anuja
Interesting story. Fast paced. Extremely predictable. Terrible (anti) climax.

Recommended for a one-time read only if you have nothing better to read or if you are looking for something not too heavy.
Driftwood
I think it was a good read. It has some intrigue. It does follow similar koontz patterns but it was still worth reading. One of those love conquers all themes. I liked the characters.
Linda Daley
written under a psudonym, this isn't a favorite Dean Koontz book. Laura was not a sympathetic character and certainly didn't act like a child psychiatrist with her own child---putting her under hypnosis within ten minutes of getting her home??? and dan falling in love at first sight didn't ring true.
i did like Dan and the witticisms. Earl was a good character also. i thought there was more chemistry between him and Laura than Dan, but Dan was the lead character. Or was Melanie the main characte...more
Amanda Cowher
Koontz has proved to me again that he surpasses all other authors with his wittiness and his ability to make you love characters (and hate some) who aren't real but feel as real to you as the ones around you. This story takes you into a scientific perspective that makes you think. Lieutenant Haldane is a character who you are rooting for the entire time, and he is by far the best character out of the book. He is complex although at first he just seems like any other cop. Melanie is a troubled li...more
Sharee Daley
The book, Door To December, is a suspenseful novel. Dean Koontz does a remarkable job in explaining the detailed events of the story. The story is about a little girl named Melanie who was kidnapped by her father at the age of three. During her time with her father, Melanie was subjected to tortures beyond imagination. The story takes place the morning of three brutal murders at the house where Melanie and her father were residing. Melanie's mother, Laura, had just been notified of the homicides...more
Samantha
Detective Dan Haldane picks up a murder call and gets more than he bargained for. A behavioral scientist and three others have apparently been beaten to death, bone pulverized, and much more. On site is a shock therapy chair, a sensory deprivation tank, and a journal documenting the torture of a child. Melanie, the child is question, was kidnapped by her father 6 years ago, and her mother has given up all hope until called to the scene she is alerted that a child has been found wandering the str...more
Johnny
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Jim
5 of 5 stars to the Dean Koontz audio book The Door to December. The 5 of 5 should be no surprise as I am a huge fan of Koontz. Often times, his books involve a huge number of characters that all get involved in some un-explainable situation. This one is different in that there are in total only a small handful of characters. In fact, it starts like its a police drama about some guys being found dead (well, actually crushed with no explaination). As the police investigate the crime scene we find...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Joe
Aug 21, 2013 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
I'm a big Dean Koontz fan! His work gets classified as horror, which makes it all the more appealing that this author emerges from his writing, as a highly philosophical and deeply ethical man.

Koontz writes some of the best characters, because he knows these characters. He is these characters. He delves into the darkness of human nature and creates a villain. Then he creates a hero that balances between an ideological existence and a very dark reality and arrives... human. Scathed, beaten, stron...more
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