The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

Jane Hawk—fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine—continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.

“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.

FBI agent gone rogue Jane Hawk continues her relentless search for the shadowy organisation behind the death of her husband and the terrifying threats against her son. Yet more despicable acts are perpetrated against innocent people by a seemingly lone wolf home-grown terrorist in a close-knit Minnesota community.34962255._SY475_

Local sheriff Luther Tillman refuses to believe such a despicable act could have been carried out by a mild-mannered, much respected special needs teacher and digs into the life of the suspect, fuelled on by the FBI and Department for Homeland Security shutting him and his office out of the investigation. His discoveries led him to a town fully populated with people under nano-tech control. An inevitable collision course with Jane is inevitable given her trail of the senior members of The Arcadians leads her to the same pseudo-community.

Once again, Koontz has succeeded in creating a fast paced book thanks to short, pacy chapters and characters that as a reader I felt I could really invest in. New characters including Luther Tillman are highly likeable, while the villains of the story are utterly loathsome but not in a Disneyesque way. They were believable but utterly arrogant and self assured. 

The story twists and turns towards its conclusion, unveiling layers upon layers that change the direction and dynamic of proceedings. Discovering there are more books in the series is a wonderful gift knowing I have more of Jane Hawk and her unwavering drive to uncover the truth yet to come.

My rating:
goodread

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The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

“I very much need to be dead.” 

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what. 

People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way. 

But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher.

This is possibly only the second Dean Koontz book that I’ve ever read. The Silent Corner certainly appealed to me: an edgy, fast-paced thriller with a dark undercurrent. The abuse of technology as a central theme for the nefarious goings on throughout the book were well thought out and very plausible.
32148091._SY475_Following the inexplicable suicide of her husband, FBI agent Jane Hawk takes a leave of absence to research an unexpected spike in suicide rates around the country. With no signs of depression in her husband, and no known reason Jane believes there must be another explanation.

What follows is a race against time to prove what she knows to be true, toppling an organised group of corrupt power players with tendrils spreading across America. Their vices deep and dark, leading Jane into the Dark Web, and corners of the human mind too grim to contemplate. She must stay out of the crosshairs of those she hunts, and remain one step ahead of the authorities, including her very own FBI.

With short, punchy chapters I felt the action moved along at a really good pace, never feeling too laboured. The story covers a wide range of dark topics but isn’t too heavy. While the descriptive text in the book at times becomes a bit overused for my liking, it doesn’t diminish what is an action filled, dramatic thriller.

My rating:
goodread

Friday Face-Off – 13th October 2017

Friday Face-Off – 13th October 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a windmill: “The tall white windmills that came to her mind. How their skinny long arms all turned, but never together, except for just once in a while two of them would be turning the same way, their arms poised at the same place in the sky.”

This week I am going with Dean Koontz’s Cold Fire.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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And the winner is… COVER C!

I found this cover to be pretty atmospheric. The dark windmill off to one side, and the red sky with birds flying across the foreground make for an interesting image.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week I will be looking for a cover featuring an umbrella: “The umbrella won’t stop the rain, but it will help you to get out during rainfall.”

Friday Face-Off – 15th September 2017

Friday Face-Off – 15th September 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This weeks’ theme is a cover featuring a key: “Where there is a Key, there is yet hope.”

For this theme I have selected Dean Koontz’s The Key to Midnight.

Cover A:

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Cover B:

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Cover C:

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Cover D:

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Cover E:

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Cover F:

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And the winner is… COVER D!

I know I have stretched the theme a bit this week, with the link to a key being the keyhole on cover A. Cover D, however, intrigues me. The colours, the art style and the imagery – the lounge bar and hand with syringe. All of these things come together to draw me in.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week I will be looking for a cover featuring a skull: “Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don’t work. ”