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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

REVIEW: The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz @deankoontz @randomhouse #janehawk

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Bantam Books / Random House
Releases 6/20/17 - TODAY!

When I found out Dean Koontz came out with a new book I almost fell over!  One of my favorite authors of all time!  If you haven't read him yet I highly recommend that you start.  He writes in different genres and while I've enjoyed his horror side with Phantoms, Whispers and the like, when he veers off is when I find him the most enjoyable and he made me fall in love with him ALL OVER AGAIN.  Read my review below and then continue for a synopsis of my two favorites by him.  Stay tuned for another post as this was also a #CJSReads2017 pick!

Anyone who knows me, knows of my love for Dean Koontz.  I started reading him when I was 8 years old.  Although I haven't read him recently, my two absolute favorite books are the ones that veer a little away from the horror genre into something different - such as Watchers and Lightning.  He is BACK and with a suspense novel no less!  And let me tell you people, it's FANTASTIC!

Jane Hawk's husband took his own life - something no one who knew him would ever have thought he would have done.  Leaving a note that gave no reason, and didn't make much sense, his suicide leaves her and their son behind.  She channels her grief and using her skills as an FBI agent, decides to find out WHY.  The more she digs, the more she realizes that there is an increase in suicides, all with peculiar notes left behind and baffled families confused as to what is happening.  Each discovery opens up more and more questions and the answers she finds leaves her blood running cold.

From the first page to the last, Koontz takes you on Hawk's adventure with a ferocity that only he can accomplish.  I absolutely fell in love with Jane's character.  The plausibility in the story line is chilling and while I hope this never happens, you just never know in this day and age.  Exploring the Dark Net, the psychopathic need for control, things that happen in the dark recesses of minds (and/or a remote facility), government conspiracy - there are no monsters here that aren't human, and that is what makes this creepy suspense novel absolutely fascinating. 

Written in six parts, each short chapter has you continually flipping to the next page in anticipation of what is going to happen next.  I am beyond thrilled that Koontz has more books coming in this series.  TAKE MY MONEY.  Can you tell I'm ecstatic to be back in his world?

Thanks so much to Bantam Book / Random House for this copy in return for my honest review.

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My two favorites are listed as follows - if you've never read Koontz before and want to start somewhere, START HERE!  I can't recommend these any more or explain the love I have for these. <3


Goodreads Synopsis:  When Travis Cornell and Nora Devon meet “Einstein”, they are touched by the dog's intelligence. Einstein is one of two altered life forms escaped from a top-secret lab. The other—The Outsider—is a deadly hybrid. To protect themselves, Travis and Nora must learn to be deadly as well.

A Note from ME!  Now, if you read Koontz, you know he has a huge love for dogs, especially for golden retrievers.  I've seen some people complain about how he ALWAYS puts them in his books. Why is this a complaint??  I've never ever been put off by it and enjoy reading it and in some cases (such as The Silent Corner) it's just a little plink entering it into the story line.  I have much love for this.  DO YOU NOT LIKE DOGS??!! Haha - this book is an all time favorite and probably #1 on my Koontz list - seriously guys - GO READ THIS!


Goodreads Synopsis:  A storm strikes on the night Laura Shane is born in 1955, and there is a strangeness about the weather that people will remember for years. As the dazzling blue-white jagged bolts of lightning split the heavens, a stranger materialises out of the raging blizzard to guard Laura from the not so tender mercies of a drunken doctor and ensure her safe passage into the world, before disappearing back into the night. Eight years later, Laura meets her mysterious saviour again, when he saves her from the perverted and deadly intentions of a durg-crazed robber.

Throughout her childhood, even more terrifying troubles beset the young girl, but with increasing courage, she finds the strength to prevail - even without the intervention of the stranger.

In time she marries and has a son, while also finding success as a novelist. Gradually the memory of her strange guardian and the troubles of her youth dim in the light of her happiness. Until the lightning strikes once more and shatters her world.

This time the stranger has become the angel of death. As Laura flees with her young son, Chris, she knows she must prepare for the final confrontation that will come with the powerful forces that stalk her. The adventure - and the terror - has only just begun.

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