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    To be continued...

    I enjoyed the first two Jane Hawk novels, and was looking forward to this one. Given the length and blurb for this one, along with the way book 2 ended, I thought we would finally get some resolution to Jane's quest for justice. Sadly, that didn't happen. Instead, I now have more questions without answers. The premise for Jane's story is quite terrifying. The very idea that people could be controlled to the point of suicide, plus the many other ways that the technology is used is more spine-tingling than any of the things that go bump in the night. The problem is that this one seemed to be an almost watered down version compared to the first two books in the series. The edge of your seat tension that was so prevalent in book 2 was missing here. In addition to that we get Jane, who was quite the heroine in beginning but becomes rather unbelievable in this third book in the series. She seems to know everything about everything and borders on invincible. The story becomes drawn out with overly descriptive prose that sometimes seems to go nowhere. I'm all for setting a scene and painting a picture for the reader, but Koontz went a bit over the top with it here. At a certain point, it began to feel like so much filler and it became more distraction than anything else. We do get some gripping story and even some action in between those descriptions, but in the end, this one was just too easy to set aside. Dean Koontz has proven himself a master at nail-biting suspense, but I didn't find much of that this time around. To sum it up, I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either, and given the time I've vested in Jane Hawk's story, I will read the next book, which hopefully is more story than filler and brings some resolution.
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    Entertaining and suspenseful

    I received this book through Netgalley and the book’s publisher, Bantam Books, and I’m sure glad I did. I couldn’t put the book down! This is the second Jane Hawk book that I have read. “Crooked Staircase” grabs you from the start and keeps your interest to the end. The book is filled with suspense and has multiple threads going. I can see this made into a movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading future Jane Hawk books! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense, thriller books. If you haven’t read Jane Hawk, definitely give it a try!
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    The Crooked Staircase

    The Crooked Staircase is the third installment in Dean Koontz series about Jane Hawk. (The Silent Corner is book one and two is The Whispering Room.) I find it difficult to judge if The Crooked Staircase is a stand alone story. I think the reader would learn enough to piece the story together, but it is a much better read having read the first two. I thought there was only going to be three books to this series but I was wrong. I'm not complaining. I greatly enjoy Jane and find the story line believable in these times......scary, but believable. I was given an early copy to review.
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    Exciting Read!

    Hair-raising, page turning thriller! The Techno Arcadians extend their hawkish reach, sending more psychotic workers to further their cause. Jane continues to fight as her army decreases. Hate to seHaire these hero's fall. Exciting read. 3 1/2 stars. Voluntarily read ARC, through Netgalley and publisher, for honest review.
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