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The Husband

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's Odd Apocalypse.


We have your wife. You get her back for two million cash. On an ordinary afternoon, an ordinary man, a gardener of modest means, gets a phone call out of his worst nightmare. The caller is dead serious. He doesn’t care that Mitch can’t raise that kind of money. If she’s ev
Kindle Edition, 514 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by Bantam (first published May 30th 2006)
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Oct 17, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, romance, novel
I liked it but it wasn't as good as my old Koontz's books


There was a while since I had read a new novel by Dean Koontz, well, at least a new novel 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
Todd Greene
Jan 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Jun 27, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2007
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.
غزل أدم
Dec 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
بما أن الخلايا الرومانسية معطلة لدى بشدة لذا هذا النوع من الروايات
ليس ضمن رواياتى المفضلة وبالنسبة إلى الجزء الخاص
بالأكشن فيشبه إلى حد كبير أى فيلم هوليودى من الدرجة الثانية أما عن
النجمة الوحيدة فكانت من أجل الأشارة إلى الأضرار النفسية الجسيمة
التى من الممكن أن يحدثها أتباع وسائل تربية غير مدروسة على سبيل التجريب
Jan 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mitch Rafferty runs a small, 2-man, landscaping business. He’s in the middle of planting impatiens in a client’s yard when he gets a call on his cell-phone. His wife starts with “Whatever happens, I love you.” Then the kidnapper gets on the line and demands $2 million. There must be some mistake; he and his wife have less than $12,000 to their name. But the kidnapper is adamant that “If you love your wife enough” Mitch will find a way to come up with th
Estuvo bueno, la verdad. No fue increíble ni me cambió la vida, me molestaron varias partes, sobretodo el final, pero fue entretenido.

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
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, re-read
Koontz Group Read July 2017

July 2017 read - In my second read, it reminds me of "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn, where Nick Dunne is being lead by Amy Dunne to her "phony" kidnapping & ransom.
In "The Husband" is Mitch Rafferty being lead by real kidnappers? or is he just being lead by his wife Holly Rafferty?

My September 2014 read - How does a husband running a landscaping business save a kidnapped wife for $2,000,000? This shows how he needs to get others to get the money for him. The end is
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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
Amir Atef
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

زوجتك في قبضتنا، يمكنك استعادتها مقابل 2 مليون دولار، نقدًا، أمامك ستون ساعة
we've your wife, you can get her back for 2 millions dollars ... cash
ستون ساعة؟!! ... مليوني دولار ؟!!! ...
لكن كيف ؟!! فأنا مجرد بستاني بائس .. يا إلهي الرحيم . ماذا أفعل ؟
" Mitch Rafferty ميتش ريفيرتي "
رواية "الزوج" للكاتب الفريد من نوعه "دين
Dustin Crazy little brown owl
I envy the simple life that Mitch and Holly have created for themselves. I agree with Holly's belief that we create our own realities (this idea was also presented in By The Light of the Moon, one of my favorites by Dean Koontz). I also believe in Mitch's belief that there is meaning to be found.

Having recently read Intensity of June 2017, and The Husband in July 2017 - I found a connection in the phrase "untouched and alive", Chyna's mantra. In The Husband, the phrase is reversed to "alive and
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este tipo de novela no es algo que acostumbre a leer, usualmente las evito para ser honesta, pero luego de terminar "El Marido" siento una fe renovada en este tipo de historias y solo quiero conseguir más libros de Dean Koontz. La trama de esta novela puede no ser tan creíble, al igual que ciertos momentos de su desarrollo, pero creo que la exploración que se hace sobre qué es capaz uno de hacer por quién ama y sobre qué es la maldad y los efectos que ésta tiene cuando estas en contacto directo ...more
Αυτός, ένας απλός κηπουρός, τρυφερός σύζυγος, καλός φίλος. Η γυναίκα του, μια απλή κτηματομεσίτης. Οι απαγωγείς, ρεμάλια που συμμετέχουν συνήθως σε κακουργηματικές πράξεις. Και οι απαγωγείς αρπάζουν τη γυναίκα του κηπουρού και ζητούν από τον καλοκάγαθο σύζυγο 2 εκατομμύρια δολάρια για να του δώσουν την γυναίκα του. Πρέπει να βρει 2 εκατομμύρια σε 60 ώρες. Μέχρι που μπορεί να φτάσει ένας γλυκός κηπουρός, που όμως αγαπά πολύ την γυναίκα του; Μπορεί να τα βγάλει πέρα με τους στυγνούς απαγωγείς, ότα ...more
Edward Lorn
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-52-2014
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,
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-hated
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.
Ahmed Osama
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
زوجتك في قبضتنا، يمكنك استعادتها مقابل 2 مليون دولار، نقدًا، أمامك ستون ساعة.
لابد ان هناك خطأ
-كيف يا رجل انا مجرد بستانى بسيط؟
- أعرف
= ليس لدى سوى عشرة ألاف دولار فى المصرف؟
- أعرف
= مستحيل كيف سأجلب لك هذا المبلغ فى 60 ساعة؟
- أتريد ان تعود زوجتك؟
= بالطبع
- اذن ستستطيع تجهيز هذا المبلغ
بالشكل المثير جدا ده بدأت الرواية, لكن لما تيجى تكتب رواية عظيمة, أحداثها مشوقة حبكتها رائعة , تفاصيلها مذهلة, ومفاجاتها لا تخطر على البال, ينبغى عليك أن تنهيها بنفس العظمة والروعة اللى بدأت بيها .. الرواية 356 صفحة
Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: co-worker
Shelves: borrowed
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May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ميتش هو مزارع مخلص و طيب القلب و يحب زوجته هولي. فجأة يتلقى ميتش اتصالا من مجهول يخبره أن زوجته مخطوفة و لكي يستعيدها عليه أن يعطيهم مليوني دولار. و لإثبات جديتهم يطلقون النار على رجل عابر في الشارع أمام ميتش.
يتخبط ميتش في عالمه, لم اختاره الخاطفون بالذات؟ فهو لا يملك أكثر من عشرة آلاف دولار في البنك.
لأي حد قد يصل الزوج المحب كي ينقذ زوجته؟ هل يموت لأجلها؟ هل يقتل لأجلها؟
بأي قدر تعرف الناس المحيطة بك؟ ما الشيء الذي قد يطلق الوحش في داخلك؟ هل يقتصر الوحش على صورة الشخص أحمر العينين منكوش الشعر؟
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-library, audio
"Be sure. Evil has a cockroach endurance. Be sure." --- so true.

This is my 9th Dean Koontz book but yet between this and the last it's been years. I'm not exactly sure why I strayed away from Koontz but I'm glad I rediscovered him. I listened to this book on audio and even though I wasn't entirely thrilled with the narrator, I got past it. The story was about a guy whose wife had been kidnapped and was ransomed for 2 million dollars. The guy was a gardener. Where would he get that kind of money?
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent tale of suspense focusing on the strength of love, the power of madness and the impact evil can have on the innocent. An incredible opening and equally entertaining finish let down only by a slightly slower middle section. Te expected comeraderie between the book's title character and the local Detective failed to eventuate, which i found a trifle disappointing. But despite these criticisms, THE HUSBAND is one of the better books Mr Koontz has ever written.
Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to this on audio today and it was such a disappointment. No humor, no golden retriever's and a bland leading man who finds himself in an unthinkable situation when his wife is kidnapped & held for a ransom he can't possibly meet (he's a gardener). Chaos ensues, secrets are revealed and it all ends relatively well. It had its moments of suspense but overall was a pretty blah Koontz novel. Not horrid but nothing I'd be interested in reading again.
Christopher Jones
Oct 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The premise of the book catches your attention and pulls you in. The actual novel not so much.

The Husband is divided into three parts. The first part is very good. Mitchell (Mitch) Rafferty is a landscaper and working a job when he receives a call that his wife has been kidnapped. And the kidnappers want $2 Million cash. He has 60 hours to get the money and they know he is a gardener with limited means. They let him know they are serious by shoo
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Το συγκεκριμένο μυθιστόρημα του Koontz με κέρδισε εξαρχής, από την ευφυέστατη ιδέα που κατευθύνει την πλοκή. Ένας απλός κηπουρός πρέπει ξαφνικά να βρει 2 εκατομμύρια δολάρια για να σώσει τη γυναίκα του από τους απαγωγείς της. Κι αυτός έχει στην τράπεζά του μόλις μερικές χιλιάδες.

Χωρίς φανφάρες λοιπόν, αλλά με μια σειρά σκληρών σκηνών, καθώς και με μπόλικη δράση και ανατροπές, ο Koontz καταφέρνει και πάλι να δημιουργήσει ένα πολύ δυνατό βιβλίο. Δε θα το συγκατέλεγα στα κορυφαία του, αλλά νομίζω
Jul 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
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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 ..
Tonya Smith
Dec 01, 2016 marked it as dean-koontz  ·  review of another edition
the last 4 chapters was the best of the whole book
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