2006-08-16 / Entertainment

BOOK REVIEW

'The Husband' is someone to root for
by DAVID HANNAH Book Reviewer

Dean Koontz, a highly prolific author, has written an

engaging story about a man and his quest to get back the love of his life.

Koontz makes us examine what anyone would do for love: Would we lie? Would we steal? And the biggest crime of all: Would we kill? Koontz introduces us to an average joe named Mitchell Rafferty. He is a hardworking man, and a landscaper who seems to enjoy his life. He is at work one day when he receives a call telling him that his wife, Holly, has been kidnapped. He is told he has a few days to come up with $2 million or he will never see her again.

This kidnapper means business. He shoots a dog walker, who happens to have ties to Rafferty. When Rafferty meets Detective Taggart, who is investigating the shooting, he suspects that he is somehow involved in his wife's ordeal.

In Koontz' books, nothing is always what it seems. When Rafferty contacts his brother for some money, the book heats up. His brother Anson, it turns out, is partly responsible for his sister-in-law's kidnapping. Anson is quite wealthy, but he is a very unsavory type of person.

As the book goes on, it becomes apparent that Mitch will stop at nothing to get his wife back safe and sound. I don't think anyone can find fault with anything Mitch does. When your back is up against the wall, and you find out that you could lose what is so precious to you, your options are limited.

What I liked about this book was the way Koontz jumps back and forth occasionally to show how Holly is dealing with her situation. She is a smart woman, and she has not given up on getting freed. When the end of the book nears, Holly does something smart and courageous to ensure her safety.

Koontz has done fine work once again by showing the reader what someone is forced to do in the name of love. I am also pleased to announce that this novel will be turned into a movie sometime in the future.

"The Husband" is strictly for adult readers.

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