Book Talk 12/22/17
The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz. Nov. 21, 2017. Bantam. Netgalley.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jane Hawk—fiction’s most relentless, resourceful, stunning new heroine—continues her battle against a murderous conspiracy in the riveting sequel to The Silent Corner.
“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.
Jane Hawk’s story continues in The Crooked Staircase.
Praise for The Whispering Room
“Koontz has never exactly shied away from complex characters or situations. And this situation gets very complex indeed, as Jane pursues the people behind the conspiracy with the kind of single-minded relentlessness that makes the book absolutely spellbinding. As good as The Silent Corner was, this one’s even better. . . . Koontz is on another roll with a new series that boasts a juicy premise and a compelling star. . . . Pure gold.”—Booklist (starred review)
“A deeply layered, satisfying thriller that is character-driven and nearly impossible to put down . . . grounded in many real-world, current issues . . . [The Whispering Room] never loses sight of the classic political/sci-fi/thriller elements that make it so much fun to read.”—Bookreporter
Jane Hawk is an ex-FBI agent whose been framed to cover up big business corporations that are targeting the human population for control of their lives. These men are implanting little chips in people’s brains and using them as slaves most of the time. Jane’s husband committed suicide thanks to this programming. Most of the victims are not even aware that they are being programmed. Anyone seen as a “threat” to their future empire is sent on a suicide mission that works nicely into the terrorist image of today.
Leo, is the sheriff of a small town, who gets suspicious when one of his friends go all postal. His investigation leads him to Jane and a small community that is the foundation of the rich men’s plans. Together, they team up to rescue kids whose parents are under control of the men. But is anyone ever really untouchable? Can they reach safety? Will Jane bring down the head of the corporations?
As with any Dean Koontz novel, there’s just something that drags me in. I start slow reading it but by the time I hit say a couple chapters, I’m yanked in more and more. He has a way of telling a story that just awes me. Now granted, there are a few instances during the story when I thought, “No way,” but that didn’t stop my enjoyment of the book. Jane is a compelling protagonist as is Leo. I think this is the second book in the series. I’ve been offered the third, so I’ll be getting to that in the future as soon as I get a chance to download it.