The Night Window by Dean Koontz
Random House; 5/14/19
eBook review copy; 432 pages
Jane Hawk Series #5
The Night Window by Dean Koontz is a very highly recommended
fifth and final book in the Jane Hawk series of thrillers. Jane is an
amazing character and this is an extremely satisfying end to the series.
The Night Window follows several characters in two main
narratives in the plot, as well as several additional story lines in the
sub-plots. In the first,
the billionaire behind the Techno Arcadians, invites a young filmmaker
to his Colorado retreat where he tells the young man everything - and
then, as a snow storm moves in, he sets out to hunt him for sport. In
the ongoing story of Jane's attempt to keep Travis hidden from the bad
guys as she tries to expose the Techno Arcadians, she is joined by
Vikram Rangnekar, a brilliant former FBI coder who has left back doors
into many key agencies and is acquiring proof of the conspiracy,
including names of those involved and those on their kill list.
Additionally there are all sorts of other complications and
Obviously, when you reach book five of a series, you know these
characters as the ongoing characters were previously introduced and
established in earlier books. Vikram is a remarkable new character and I
liked him very much. I also love the down-to-earth common-sense characters encountered along
the way that aren't gullible or easily led and have their own thoughts
and suspicions about what is going on.
Koontz's storytelling and writing is pitch-perfect and he provides a
great conclusion to an exciting series! I was glued to the pages and
simply couldn't read fast enough. When I was nearing the end of the
book, I didn't see an end in sight and was sure that there was going to
be a book six to wrap it all up, so the clever, resourceful, and twisty
ending took me completely by surprise. And it was awesome! Additionally
there are some words of wisdom along the way that could behoove all of
us to ponder in the current media possessed cultural atmosphere.
The series contains: The Silent Corner; The Whispering Room; The
Crooked Staircase; The Forbidden Door; and The Night Window. While you
could start with this final, stunning conclusion, I would suggest
reading the whole series in order. Some installments are stronger than
others, but together they are an outstanding series. And don't let the
page count intimidate you - you will fly through these books. They are
all truly "just-one-more-chapter" un-put-down-able books and since
Koontz provides short chapters, you will be saying it repeatedly.
My review copy was courtesy of Random House.