One Door Away from Heaven

Version: Unabridged
Author: Dean R. Koontz.
Narrator: Anne Twomey
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Assets
Published In: December 2007
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 19 hours
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In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina Bellsong wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, she meets a young girl who will change Micky-forever.
Despite her deformed left leg and 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 her stepfather is educated but threatening. Slowly, 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."
While the child-protection bureaucracy gives Micky the runaround, the Maddoc family slips away into the night. So Micky sets out across America to find them-for the first time living for something bigger than herself. Her passion and disregard for danger bring to her side a burned-out detective who joins her on her journey, a journey through terrible darkness to unexpected light. "One Door Away from Heaven" is an incandescent mix of suspense and humor, fear and wonder, a story of redemption and timeless wisdom that will have listeners cheering.

Reviews (3)

Classic Koontz

Written by Barbara on May 8th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you like Koontz, this one is classic. It has all the ingredients--ESP, a super intelligent dog and murdering aliens. The protagonist is an extremely likeable young boy and a "crippled mutant" young girl. Lots of listening hours to keep you glued to your car seat.


Written by Laura from Milwaukee, WI on September 2nd, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great listen! The narrator was mesmerizing and the story line was riveting. Dean Koontz can be hit or miss, I've hated some of his works, and loved others. I am so glad I took a chance on this one. His use of language in this book is so descriptive you can picture exactly what he is talking about, a very visual story.


Written by APDS4 on June 11th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This was my first and last book by this author. This author got completely carried away with descriptive language and forgot to include a story line. It's almost as if little bits of story were woven into a thesaurus. Reading this book was like trying to swim through quick sand. The little bit of story line/plot that there was, was disjointed and in the end ridiculous. This book was almost painful to listen to. Don't waste your time here.

Author Details

Author Details

Koontz., Dean R.

Dean R. Koontz, the author of many #1 "New York Times" bestsellers, lives with his wife, Gerda, and their dog, Trixie, in southern California.