ARC provided by Random House and NetGalley
Release date June 20, 2017
Available at Amazon
Reviewed by 2shay
Rating: 5 Stars, but it should be more
A dazzling new series debuts with a remarkable heroine certain to become a new icon of suspense, propelled by the singular narrative genius of #1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz.
“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.
The very first Dean Koontz book I read was Watchers. I fell in love with the book and the author. It’s been a long and satisfying relationship. He stands alone in his ability to write prose that is lyrical, while leading his readers through a dark and twisted web of deceit, tension and terror, making a compelling case that seemingly innocent innovations can lead to unimagined consequences.
His newest heroine, Jane Hawk, has a husband and son she loves and a job as an FBI agent that is both satisfying and challenging…until her handsome, accomplished husband commits suicide for no apparent reason. Jane, refusing to accept that her husband was suicidal, looks into the increasing number of unexpected suicides in the country. Some very powerful people don’t like what she’s doing and make it clear that if she doesn’t stop…there will be consequences. Against her son.
These threats leave Jane no choice but to leave her job and go off the grid…way off the grid…to protect her son and herself, and to find out who or what is behind these deaths. In her pursuit of truth, she meets some extraordinary people, from the homeless man and roller skating vacationer who help her with a sting, to the man running a free kitchen. As is typical of a Dean Koontz book, every character is important and vital to the story, even when they’re only around for a chapter or two.
As much has been written about Dean Koontz over the years as has been written about his books. He can wrap you up in a story so tightly, that you can’t quite turn the pages fast enough, using his unique style to describe every scene, every thought as he leads you deeper into a world that isn’t quite what you believe. He can take the most hopeful possibility and turn it into a terrifying tale of “what if”. He is a master story- teller and stylish writer. If you’ve never read Dean Koontz, this is your best chance to start a brand new series. Jane Hawk is going to be a heroine to follow for many years, I hope.