Review of The Whispering Room

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The Whispering Room

Dean Koontz

Bantam

November 21, 2017


Blurb: “No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.”

These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun—just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the disturbing contents of her secret journal are discovered, it seems certain that she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better.

In the wake of her husband’s inexplicable suicide—and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals—Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the ruthless people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own monstrous ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue—and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive—in order to derail their insidious plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Driven by love for her lost husband and by fear for the five-year-old son she has sent into hiding, Jane Hawk has become an unstoppable predator. Those she is hunting will have nowhere to run when her shadow falls across them.

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SASCHA DARLINGTON’S REVIEW

After I finished A Silent Corner (see review here), I fully expected to launch right into The Whispering Room. I started reading it, but I stopped. I don’t know, but there was something about the beginning with poor Cora, her mental state, and her lovely little dachshund that just made me stop. At that point in time, I just couldn’t handle reading about what I expected to happen. I picked up the book again about a week ago and was caught up in the story.

Lots of things happen in The Whispering Room so there’s no time to be bored. I love that Jane met up with Luther, the sheriff from Cora’s hometown who follows clues and intuition. I love the fact that he had faith in his knowledge of Cora so that he followed his gut.

There are so many wonderful characters (Jane gets both a grandpa and a “father” in this story; I loved Luther’s daughter, Jolie, who is bright and almost as kickass as Jane) and then there are the requisite bad guys.

This is a page-turner in every sense of the word. It feels like something that could happen. Corrupt individuals finding a way to mind control segments of the population.

My only gripe is that the scene which should be the climax went blah, for me. I can’t elaborate without giving spoilers, but I felt let down. I know. This paves the way for more Jane Hawk novels, long may she live, but still.

Good book. I recommend this series…and I’m on to the next one.


rating:

4-and-a-half

4 butterflies and a ladybug out of 5 butterflies


 

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4 replies »

    • I think I had that happen too. It was a long time in between Koontz books for me but then I read most of the Odd Thomas books, which I really liked. So far the Jane Hawk was been gripping.

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