#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BOOKPAGE • The must-read thriller of the year, for readers of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure
This ebook edition contains a special preview of Dean Koontz’s The Silent Corner.
The girl who said no to death.
Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.
She replies, “We’ll see.”
Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.
An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.
But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?
Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.
Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
Praise for Ashley Bell
“A mind-bender filled with satisfying surprises.”—People (book of the week)
“[With] lyrical writing and compelling characters . . . Koontz stands alone, and this novel is a prime example of literary suspense. . . . One of his best.”—Associated Press
“Grabs you on page one and keeps you enthralled with ever widening loops of intrigue, spine-tingling plot twists, absorbing characters and emotional involvement . . . extraordinary.”—Bookreporter
“Heart-pounding and mind boggling . . . a rarity of a thriller—one that asks big questions about life and destiny while succeeding in creating [an] eerie sense of reality.”—Shelf Awareness
“Strap in and hold on. . . . When a writer has managed to catch this kind of lightning in a bottle, every reader should experience the full jolt.”—BookPage
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
At 22, Bibi Blair has everything going for her. A successful author engaged to the man of her dreams, this dynamic woman loses it all when she becomes paralyzed. Thriller heavyweight Dean Koontz takes us on a breathless journey into the unknown, leaving us to second-guess the line between reality and imagination. When a mysterious visitor appears to tell Blair she’s been cured so that she can save a woman named Ashley Bell, the twist-laden adventure really takes off. Featuring occult imagery and a secret society of bloodthirsty neo-Nazis, Ashley Bell kept us buzzing with suspense.
I was totally enjoying this book from the very beginning but as the book transitioned I felt that Koontz became bogged down in the Literary universe that he was trying to create The second half became clichéd and tried too hard to be clever the last chapter left me feeling annoyed that the story was still continuing
Nevertheless 3 stars for the beginning, for originality, and because I still wanted to finish it
Readable, but could have been better
Amazing positive female archetype for the protagonist, rarely seen in a novel, the story however bogs down with mildly tedious descriptions of surroundings that are obvious word count padding and devices to slow the story down. Every few pages, obscure words appear that only literati and those with degrees in English and literature would understand without the aid of a dictionary. Slightly disappointing ending that looses steam. I didn't hate it, and definitely have seen a lot worse, but am still debating whether or not to explore his other works.