The Husband

  • by Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 a showdown with the darkness that would destroy it forever. What would you do for love? Would you die? Would you kill? We have your wife. You can get her back for two million cash. Landscaper Mitchell Rafferty thinks it must be some kind of joke. He was in the middle of planting impatiens in the yard of one of his clients when his cell phone rang. Now he's standing in a normal suburban neighborhood on a bright summer day, having a phone conversation out of his darkest nightmare. Whoever is on the other end of the line is dead serious. He has Mitch's wife and he's named the price for her safe return. The caller doesn't care that Mitch runs a small two-man landscaping operation and has no way of raising such a vast sum. He's confident that Mitch will find a way. If he loves his wife enough...Mitch does love her enough. He loves her more than life itself. He's got 72 hours to prove it. He has to find the two million by then. But he'll pay a lot more. He'll pay anything. From its tense opening to its shattering climax, The Husband is a thriller that will hold you in its relentless grip for every twist, every shock, every revelation, until it lets you go, unmistakably changed. This is a Dean Koontz novel, after all. And there's no other experience quite like it.


What the Critics Say

"Koontz ratchets up the tension....[A] pulse-pounding thriller with echoes of Hitchcock and Cornell Woolrich." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent read!

This is absolutely an excellent read!

It grabs your attention within the first 5 to 10 minutes and holds you for the remainder of the book.
This book is every bit as good as his "Mr Murder" but not as weird.
It is on par with his Christopher Snow novels but again, not as strange.
The work is totally plausable and beliveable.
The characters are easy to follow and remember.
I did not encounter a single second of "zoning out" on my part as a listener.
It is akin to a very good mystery novel.
Sorry, no cute or wise dogs in this one.
Buy this book, you will not be dissapointed.
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- David


How many books can you honestly say you just couldn't WAIT to get back to? Well for me, this was one of those books.

I originally wasn't going to read this book due to the first review which included a spoiler (note to Audible: please edit the reviews so that this doesn't happen). But since I'm a Koontz fan, I decided to take a chance.

Really good book - doesn't lag at all and the narration was absolutely TERRIFIC. He made it that much more exciting and creepy. I highly recommend this one. Enjoy!
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- Samantha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2006
  • Publisher: Random House Audio