The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (3 Stars)

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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a Dean Koontz book. Way, way back his books were something I would look forward to, but something happened along the way and he seemed to lose his touch. Now that I think of it, the same thing happened to Stephen King’s books when he started writing the Dark Tower series. I just didn’t find them enjoyable anymore.

As for The Silent Corner, I could take it or leave it. The storyline is great, a conspiracy to weed out the population so the wealthy remain wealthy. Jane, an FBI agent, stumbles upon the plot when her husband commits suicide. She is convinced he wouldn’t have committed suicide, and her research leads her to a jump in the suicide rate and anomalies as to who is committing suicide. When she and her young son are threatened, Jane decides to go rogue to find out who is behind the plot. She uncovers a plot to control the brain, making the victims subservient. While this could lead to a spine-tingling techno-thriller, the remainder of the book is mostly Jane, just driving all over the country, off the grid, trying to stay ahead of those who are hunting her. The finale is a bloody shootout, and a disappointing and abrupt ending.  So you need to stayed tuned for the next in the series.

The writing style is horrible. There is so much overblown description and so much inane metaphorical description that you stop reading and think “what??” The break in concentration disrupts the flow of the book and is tiring.  After 400+ pages, I also expected to learn a little more about Jane, but there was no character development.

I’ll take a pass on the next in the series.

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