The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
Penguin Random House: 6/20/17
eBook review copy; 464 pages
The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz is a very highly recommended
conspiracy thriller and starts a new series. This is a perfect summer
novel of suspense!
FBI agent Jane Hawk's husband, Nick, committed suicide, leaving behind a
note that said, "I very much need to be dead." Jane knows that this is
not her husband, a decorated Marine, a full colonel, on a career path to
becoming a general. She needs to find out the truth behind his suicide
and that of other capable, talented people. In fact, Jane knows that the
suicide rate is dramatically increasing across the country. What is
alarming is that these are people of accomplishment, of excellence.
These are people who will make a difference or are making a difference.
Why would these intelligent, proficient people be committing suicide?
After taking a leave of absence from the Bureau, Jane tries to find out
the answer to the increasing suicide rate. When the life of her son is
threatened, Jane knows they are a target. She hides her son and Jane
goes rogue and underground. Clearly she is the target of powerful people
who will do anything to stop her and there is no one she can trust. She
has to rely on her skills to find the answers she needs. Who is behind
the increasing suicide rate? How are they controlling people? More
importantly, why? As she gets closer to the truth, the danger increases.
It is truly frightening to know how easily our every move can be tracked
today. Koontz takes real life technology and shows how the features
built into it can be used to track people. It is frightening to realize
how easily our every step and movement can be watched without us even
realizing it. It's not the stuff of science fiction, it is fact.
The Silent Corner is an extremely well written, excellent
thriller with incredible characterization and fast paced action. Jane
Hawk is a fully realized, compelling character, full of depth, growth,
and intelligence. It's good to know that this is the start of a series
featuring her. It's also challenging. Because it is the start of a
series there isn't complete closure or answers to all the questions.
There are terrific, nail-biting action scenes and narrow escapes. The
suspense and threats grow but Jane narrowly manages to keep a clear head
and a step ahead. And it's a great story.
Thriller/suspense fans: read this book. You won't regret it. After that
you will be relieved to know that the second book in the Jane Hawk
series, The Whispering Room, has a tentative release date of January 9, 2018.
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House.