The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz
Penguin Random House Publishing Group: 5/8/18
eBook review copy; 512 pages
Jane Hawk Series #3
The Crooked Staircase by Dean Koontz is the very highly
recommended third installment of the Jane Hawk series. What is this
vexation that Koontz has heaped upon me? The series is NOT
over yet! I was sure this third book would give closure to Jane's whole
ordeal and all it did was ratchet up the tension even more. The first
two books are The Silent Corner and The Whispering Room.
Read this series if you love action adventure thrillers. More
importantly, read the books in order for full enjoyment of the series as
they are not stand-alone novels. The fourth book, The Forbidden Door, is expected to be released on October 9th.
So, I won't say a lot for fear of spoiling the series for new readers,
but basically Jane has uncovered a far-reaching conspiracy that involves
taking over the free will of millions of people through nanotechnology.
Her husband Nick was a victim of the evil, secret faction, but the
incidents of people being destroyed by the conspiracy is growing while
Jane is trying to find a way to end it. Now she is trying to find a way
to question Booth Hendrickson, a corrupt official high up in the
Department of Justice. The problem is that Jane is now the most wanted
person in America. She has been indicted for espionage, treason, and
murder. All this has done is made her even more careful and determined
to end the group's insidious plans.
Jane Hawk is a compelling, fully realized female lead - she a great
lead, period. She is intelligent, tough, fearless, and manages to stay
so and keep her sanity during the surreal situation the conspiracy
entails. Since she's former FBI, she has the training and skills in her
background that she can use to assist her own personal investigation.
Koontz presents the action in short, quick chapters, and, yet again, I
stayed up way-too-late reading. There is still so much action that
finding a good stopping point when reading is almost impossible and
left me repeating the just-one-more-chapter mantra. the chapters
alternate between the point-of-view of Jane and several different
characters. I was shocked when the book ended in a cliff hanger right
in the middle of a huge development. I can barely wait for the next book
in the series, The Forbidden Door.
My review copy was courtesy of the Penguin Random House Publishing Group.