One Door Away from Heaven by Dean Koontz
Back Page Blurb
Micky Bellsong has a history of making wrong choices, especially in men. Her life has no direction and she is looking for change. Living with her aunt in a trailer park her life also has no meaning until she meets a precocious girl Leilani, who is nine years old. She follows this girl and her family across the country because she feels that the girl’s life is in danger from her stepfather and drug weird mother. Curtis is a very strange boy with supernatural powers who is also travelling the country in fear of his life from alien forces. Curtis tags on to a dog who helps him in lots of his adventures and is an important part of this zany plot.
I have been a fan of Koontz for a lot of years, but I don’t think this is up to his usual standard of writing. The book is really far too long and is rambling at times, and made me feel frustrated to get on with the plot. The characters however are amusing and in the case of auntGeneva, quite original and unexpected, as she was shot in the head some time in the past and lives the life in her head of movie actresses and confuses her real memories with films she has seen. Very funny in context.
There is a bit of suspense when the children are in danger, but the story is not paced fast enough to really get you excited and the young people in the story are just too cute to be realistic.
On the other hand the dog is marvellously portrayed and I loved the gun totting girly twins.
The philosophy portrayed in the book reminds me of ‘From the corner of his Eye’ which I felt was a tremendous story by this writer and have read it twice, a rare occurrence for me. Bioethics and science fiction fit together surprisingly well here and they are both essentials of the story. I did finish this book as I usually always do, but it took me a while. I enjoyed the clever and often very funny dialogue, but I was a bit disappointed with the over written feel to it and the too too happy ever after ending. I will read more of this writer’s books but will be careful to take notice of some other review sites first, as they are often very helpful, and are fast becoming addictive for me before buying any book.