The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz
Random House Publishing Group: 11/21/17
eBook review copy; 528 pages
Jane Hawk #2
The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz is the action-packed very highly recommended thriller and sequel to The Silent Corner.
From the first book in the series, we know that Jane Hawk's husband
Nick killed himself, but Jane knows that it wasn't him. There is a foul
plot afoot with some powerful men behind it. They are trying to
eliminate a specific group of people by making it appear that they are
committing suicide, while they are also taking control of other people's
free will. Jane has gone rogue from the FBI, and is on the run, but she
is intelligent and resourceful enough to begin uncovering bits and
pieces of the group's insidious plans
In the beginning of The Whispering Room we meet Cora Gundersun.
Cora has been a teacher of the year and is beloved by all who know her.
By all accounts she is a wonderful, caring, gentle person. When Cora
completes a plan that results in her taking her own life as well as the
lives of others, Sheriff Luther Tillman knows that something is amiss.
The act does not reflect the person Cora was known to be. Tillman begins
his own undercover operation that leads to the widespread conspiracy
that Jane is bent on uncovering and revealing.
I really enjoyed The Whispering Room. Admittedly it is not quite as good as The Silent Corner,
but it is still excellent. Most second books in a series suffer a bit
in comparison to the first, but I'm not holding that against The Whispering Room.
I stayed up way-too-late with this one saying "just one more chapter."
Now, they are short, quick chapters, but there is enough action that
finding a good stopping point was challenging and resulted in many
repeats of the "just one more chapter" mantra. In this case I really
think that you need to read The Silent Corner before The Whispering Room.
Koontz does include information on what happened in the previous book,
but it would be helpful and increase your appreciation of this second
novel if you read them both in order.
Jane is a wonderfully realized character. She is well developed at this
point and a woman to be reckoned with, as she has the knowledge,
background, and skills to manage to stay hidden while conducting her own
investigation. I really like her. And Koontz knows how to deliver a
story and keep the plot moving. I can hardly wait for the next book in
the series. Koontz manages to combine the action of a thriller with some
of the aspects of science fiction, especially nanotechnology. It is
reminiscent of Michael Crichton's Prey, but Koontz is making this his own.
While Koontz has written a wildly entertaining novel here, some of the
questions it raises can be directly applied to the current atmosphere in
the USA today. I'm not going to wax philosophical on this, but if you
should choose to go down that path, you certainly could as Koontz has
made some compelling arguments about mind control, control of the few
over the many, and the existence of absolute evil.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the Random House Publishing Group via Netgalley.