By Dean Koontz
- Release Date: 2015-12-08
- Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Ashley Bell Dean Koontz Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
#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
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User reviews about this book
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
As much as I admirer Koontz, I was very disappointed with this book. It was super boring. Horribly written. 😕
Imagination knows no bounds
As always another excellent novel by koontz.
Not Dean Koontz's Best
Long story with weak plot.
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.
LITERAL ADDICTION’s Review of Ashley Bell
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle:
I'm a huge Koontz fan. I've read everything he's ever written and am generally utterly captivated. There was only one book that I was a little disappointed by. This was not one of them.
Koontz consistently delivers strong characters and this book was no exception. Add to that the light and airy quality of the prose and the story pace and I was hooked.
Slightly different from other Koontz works, Ashley Bell is no less enthralling and after a few years, I think this will be one I would pick up again.
By Running Ohma
I could not put this book down. So well written, detailed, and intriguing. Mr Koontz weaves a story that captures the full attention of the reader. The descriptions are very articulate and engaging leaving the reader with a clear visual picture of what is transpiring. The story is spellbinding! I highly recommend it!
By Say-Say Jane
Unfortunately, not up to his usual standards.
By Follow up?
Sadly, although I have bought many of his books, and enjoyed the older ones, this will be the last book I purchase by Dean Koontz. The last few I have bought have been disappointing, but this one takes the cake! Sadly, it was not worth the money spent to buy it, nor the time to finish reading it.
This my first time reading a book by this author. It was fabulous and I can't wait to read everything he has written.
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