Ahoy there me mateys! This be me read for the July BookBum Club Challenge where the theme be “that is so last year – a book ye meant to read in 2017.” Well Dean Koontz is one of me favourite authors and was featured in Broadside No. 9 but I hadn’t read a book by him since 2011! This book marks me 60th Dean Koontz book. Arrrr! It was about time I got to it because books two and three are already out. Plus book four is coming soon. I have been wanting to read this ever since I read crew member, Kim @ byhookorbybook’s review back in 2017! Now be the time.
The very basic premise is that the suicide rate in the United States has been higher than average and seems to be steadily increasing. One of the victims is Nick Hawk, a husband, father, and highly decorated marine. Everyone believes that he committed suicide except for his wife, Jane. Jane Hawk, FBI agent, knows that her husband would never have killed himself. His odd “suicide” note is proof of that. So she starts digging determined to uncover the truth behind Nick’s death. But the answers are even stranger then she thought. Can she take the evil doers down before they get to her first?
Of course it is so much more complicated and cooler than that. What I love about Dean Koontz is that he can write a fantastic thriller with sci-fi bits. And the sci-fi is plausible in our not too distant future. I can’t go into more than that because it is part of the fun of readin’ this one. The science of it is both scary and fascinating. This book also deals with the silent corner – i.e. people who try to stay completely off the grid. In the modern era of Big Brother, it does seem like this will be impossible in the future. Watching Jane try to stay off the grid while needing the internet for research is interesting. And darn near impossible.
This book had a fantastically quick pace and I read it in one sitting. I was completely rooting for Jane. She is smart, clever, and fierce. The bad guys were a bit one dimensional and the final showdown was silly but that didn’t lessen me enjoyment. I certainly got what I wanted out of this book and will not be waiting another seven years to pick up another Dean Koontz book. I need more Jane Hawk!
Much thanks to the BookBum Club for giving me the incentive to read this “so last year” novel.
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
I very much need to be dead.
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important so terrifying that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.
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