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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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    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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    The Silent Corner

    I have read every single book ever written by Dean Koontz, and I didn't love this one. I was a little disappointed in this latest offering from Dean Koontz. It was a good paced and perhaps what you might consider a thriller. A good book by other standards, but a disappointment nonetheless for a Dean Koontz book. It wasn't up to the standards that I've come to expect from this author. I will, of course read the next instalment, but I expect to be disappointed with that one as well.
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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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    The Silent Corner is a bit of slow starter, but the author's talent for compelling prose draws the reader in. As the story progresses and our heroine gets deeper and deeper into a conspiracy that is both massive and terrifying, the pace picks up and makes this tale impossible to put down. One woman against the mysterious Them (with a capital T), Jane Hawk's story moves from one terrifying clue to the next, leaving her with few options and even fewer people to trust. Being the master of paranoia that he is, Dean Koontz plays on the 'what if' niggling voice in us all - What if They could do that? - and builds a horrific world where things aren't always what they seem. True-to-form, the story builds in suspense and action until the author leaves us in jaw-dropping anticipation of the next piece of the puzzle in Jane Hawk's journey for justice.

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