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    A strong new heroine

    Wow! Dean Koontz has done it again. The Silent Corner has nothing supernatural and it is all the more scary because of that fact. With his colorful language and mastery of the English language Dean describes a “brave new world “that could be just around the corner. Jane Hawk is a FBI agent on leave and widow, having just lost her husband to an apparent suicide, but Jane refuses to believe it was a suicide. In searching for an answer, she discovers a disturbing rise in suicides in talented and accomplished people who show no signs of depression or suicidal tendencies. When her young son is threatened she realizes she is onto something. She hides him away with friends, sells her house and belongings and goes on the run to search for the truth. What she discovers is terrifying. It involves cybercriminals, an evil scientist, a billionaire, programmed women (like depraved Stepford Wives), and bad guys in high places who have underestimated a woman driven by a rage born of love. Dean Koontz says he fell in love with his new heroine and plans several more books featuring her. He will have finished the third one before this one is published and the TV rights have already been acquired by Paramount TV.
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    Interesting storyline, awful writing/characters

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Dean Koontz book. Way, way back his books were something I would look forward to, but something happened along the way and he seemed to lose his touch. Now that I think of it, the same thing happened to Stephen King’s books when he started writing the Dark Tower series. I just didn’t find them enjoyable anymore. As for The Silent Corner, I could take it or leave it. The storyline is great, a conspiracy to weed out the population so the wealthy remain wealthy. Jane, an FBI agent, stumbles upon the plot when her husband commits suicide. She is convinced he wouldn’t have committed suicide, and her research leads her to a jump in the suicide rate and anomalies as to who is committing suicide. When she and her young son are threatened, Jane decides to go rogue to find out who is behind the plot. She uncovers a plot to control the brain, making the victims subservient. While this could lead to a spine-tingling techno-thriller, the remainder of the book is mostly Jane, just driving all over the country, off the grid, trying to stay ahead of those who are hunting her. The finale is a bloody shootout, and a disappointing and abrupt ending. So you need to stayed tuned for the next in the series. The writing style is horrible. There is so much overblown description and so much inane metaphorical description that you stop reading and think “what??” The break in concentration disrupts the flow of the book and is tiring. After 400+ pages, I also expected to learn a little more about Jane, but there was no character development. I’ll take a pass on the next in the series.
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    Can't Put it Down!

    I received this book through NetGalley and its publisher, Bantam, and sure am glad I did. From the first page, it grabs your attention. The protagonist’s, Jane, husband commits suicide. She is a FBI agent taking time off after his death and is covertly investigating the national rise of suicides. She and her son are threatened and Jane takes her son to a good friend for safety. There is a touch of a Sci-Fi spin that feels very possible. It keeps you riveted. Using her FBI skills, this is Jane’s journey to identify the reason for her husband’s suicide. It’s a book you don’t want to put down. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it.
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    Excellent

    Man this was such a fun, fast paced read. I would highly recommend it!
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    Simply Riveting!

    Jane Hawk: Proud patriot, loyal friend, fierce protector... Grieving widow, presumed-rogue FBI agent, branded fugitive. Jane Hawk is intelligent and savvy. Some would say way too much for her own good. But she knows, without a shadow of a doubt, that her husband did NOT commit suicide. She is not merely paranoid or just reaching for other explanations in the midst of her deep grief. She's done her research. She's seen the evidence of the significant climb in current suicide rates. A red flag is raised, when she discovers that, like her husband, a large number of these recent suicides were by seemingly very happy people who displayed absolutely no signs or symptoms of depression or distress. Jane is convinced, more than ever, that her husband was murdered in cold blood, because he knew too much. What exactly he knew too much about is what Jane is in a race against time to find out. And, if she doesn't find answers, quickly, she could be the next "suicide" statistic. In a game that has only two outcomes, win or die, Jane must figure out who she can trust... and who she can't. Koontz's pen can write no wrong! This thriller sucks you in right from the beginning and demands that you strap in tight, because it is going to be a full throttle ride full of danger, intrigue and suspense, that you will not soon forget. Koontz has done an excellent job of bringing his literary forte' of horror into the modern, technological age and keeping his story line current with "the times". In a world where astonishing advancements in bio-technology are being made at an astoundingly-rapid rate, this novel sucks you down the rabbit hole into a future where the products of the progression and melding of scientific and biological advancements and techniques may not be quite as farfetched and fairy tale as they might seem. I can't wait to see what flights of fancy (Or are they?) Koontz and Hawk will draw me into next. I'd love to see Jane Hawk made into a movie series! I think she would make for a riveting protagonist on the "big screen". *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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