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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz- Feature and Review


These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun--just before she takes her own life, and many others', in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband's inexplicable suicide--and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals--Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But these ruthless people bent on hijacking America's future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue--and become the nation's most wanted fugitive--in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.



The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk, #2)The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Whispering Room by Dean Kootz is a 2017 Bantam publication.

Kick-butt heroine Jane Hawk is back ready to save the world from a diabolical and evil plot against America.

After reading the ‘The Silent Corner’, I was cautiously optimistic about this new series. After reading this second installment, I have become a true believer- lock, stock and barrel.

The thing about this storyline that makes it so incredibly chilling, especially in America, is that while it may sound like pure science fiction, our government has experimented with mind control in the past. After a recent mass shooting, where a plausible motive still remains totally unclear, this story really makes me think, and scares the crap out of me.

As the story picks up, Jane is now the most sought after woman on the planet, which makes her job all the harder. But, she is determined to take down the billionaire sponsoring the mind control experiments that took the life of her husband, robbing her son of his father.

As more tragedy takes place, Jane races against time, but soon finds the network behind such an evil plot is much larger than she knew.

The David versus Goliath set up, pits Jane against powerful entities and keeps her on the run, struggling to stay under the radar, and still manage to see her son on occasion.

"After the coming tide of change had passed, there would be no rest in the world, only the peace of submission or death, only the quiet dread that keeps the mouse mute in the presence of the fanged and searching cat.”

The story does start off with a literal bang, but the real suspense stems from Jane’s predicament, while we follow her along on a tense road trip, where she encounters other adventures, on top of everything else she must contend with. The danger is always there, simmering, then escalating.

But, the scariest thought of all is the prospect that Jane will not succeed. So, I cheer her on with all my might, mentally supporting her, as the world, as we know it, rests on her shoulders.

Jane’s work is far from done, as she will face a new set of circumstances in the future. Jane is a tough but compassionate heroine, vulnerable, yet capable. Her cynicism is hard earned but not necessarily celebrated, but most of all Jane is a survivor and I for one feel immense respect for her tenacity, and her sense of right and wrong, in the ultimate good versus evil showdown.

Overall, this second installment is even better than the first one and sets the stage for an even more intense follow up in the next installment. I can hardly wait!

It is good to feel this excited about a Dean Koontz series again!






Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

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