I loved the quote at the very end of Hideaway by Dean Koontz – “After that, everything got weird.” Actually, though, I think this quote belongs at the beginning of the book because it is definitely weird. A combination of medical science, murder, psychics, Satanism and more make this Koontz book a thrilling read.
Lindsey and Hatch Harrison are slowly putting their lives back together after the death of their five-year-old son several years ago from cancer. Lindsey is a successful artist and Hatch operates an antique gallery. Then, a car accident changes things dramatically for the couple. Hatch is dead for eighty minutes before he is “reanimated” by Dr. Jonas Nyebern, a specialist in the field.
Hatch recovers amazingly quickly and the only side effect he has are vividly strange dreams where he seems to occupy the body of another man. The other man is Vassago, a prince of Hell, who is an accomplished murderer. His latest victims include everyone that angers Hatch and Lindsey. Vassago also sees Hatch’s life through his eyes. Neither man understands what is going on. Lindsey and Hatch try to solve the mystery. Vassago seeks Lindsey and Hatch and their newly adopted daughter, Regina, to kill them all and bring them to his “hideaway,” the abandoned fun house in a defunct amusement park.
A brilliant twist of writing connects Vassago and Dr. Nyebern in an ironic way, adding to the drama. This book is a roller coaster ride of the wildest kind. Buckle up and hang on!