One Door Away From Heaven

One Door Away From Heaven

eBook - 2002
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In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina Bellsong contemplates the choices she has made. At twenty-eight, she wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way--until a new family settles into the rental trailer next door and she meets the young girl who will lead her on a remarkable quest that will change Micky herself and everything she knows--or thinks she knows--forever. Despite the brace she must wear on her deformed left leg, and her withered left hand, nine-year-old Leilani Klonk radiates a buoyant and indomitable spirit that inspires Micky. Beneath Leilani's effervescence, however, Micky comes to sense a quiet desperation that the girl dares not express. Leilani's mother is little more than a child herself. And the girl's stepfather, Preston Maddoc, is educated but threatening. He has moved the family from place to place as he fanatically investigates UFO sightings, striving to make contact, claiming to have had a vision that by Leilani's tenth birthday aliens will either heal her or take her away to a better life on their world. Slowly, ever more troubling details emerge in Leilani's conversations with Micky. Most chilling is Micky's discovery that Leilani had an older brother, also disabled, who vanished after Maddoc took him into the woods one night and is now "gone to the stars". Leilani's tenth birthday is approaching. Micky is convinced the girl will be dead by that day. While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. Micky sets out across America to track and find them, alone and afraid but for the first time living for something bigger than herself. She finds herself pitted against an adversary, Preston Maddoc, as fearsome as he is cunning. The passion and disregard for danger with which Micky pursues her quest bring to her side a burned-out detective who joins her on a journey of incredible peril and startling discoveries, a journey through terrible darkness to unexpected light.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2002
Edition: Bantam export ed
ISBN: 9780307414250
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 681 p. ; 18 cm


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Apr 08, 2019

This was a great book. I would strongly suggest you read it, you won't be disappointed.

Mar 27, 2018

I just reread this, and it is one of Koontz best books. He does an amazing job on the characters of children, a disabled girl in this book is especially vivid in detail. I like the storyline, and bioethics is a reality that many do not understand are being lauded in academia, and medical schools. No cripple or person over 60 is deemed of any use to society by bioethics/utilitarian standards. Koontz does a wonderful job of explaining in detail in all his books. He got a lot of letters from the bioethics crowd for his blunt blasting of their philosophy.

BostonPL_JordanD Oct 29, 2016

This was one of the first Dean Koontz books I read while in college or just after. I loved it then and I loved rereading it recently, nearly 10 years later. The story is fresh, unique, interesting, and a page-turner for sure.

Aug 05, 2009

I'm not fond of fantasy, but I found the dialogue exceptional
and worth the read


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Apr 17, 2020

pg 88
Since childhood, her defenses against a cruel life had been anger and stubbornness. She'd seen herself as the lone defender of the castle, ceaselessly prowling the ramparts, at war with the world. But a constant state of battle readiness had held off friends as weal as enemies, and in fact it had prevented her from experiencing the fullness of life, which might have filled those vacant rooms with good memories to balance the bad that cluttered other chambers.

Apr 16, 2020

pg 38 Seated, bowing her head, Geneva offers a succinct but heartfelt prayer: "Thank you, God, for providing us with all we need and for giving us the grace to be satisfied with what we have."


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