#Review The Silent Corner by @deankoontz 5* Genius @HarperCollinsUk @fictionpubteam

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

‘I very much need to be dead’

These are the chilling words left by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. Now his widow, FBI agent Jane Hawk, is determined to learn the truth, no matter what.

People of talent, seemingly happy and sound of mind, have recently been committing suicide in surprising numbers. Jane will give up everything to find out why.

Her enemies are devoted enough to exterminate anyone in their way. But Jane is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

My review:

This novel is absolutely AMAZING! I was completely absorbed in the plot and when I reached the end, was so glad I had already bought the next in the series! The novel centres around protagonist Jane Hawk. She is feisty, strong and seeking revenge! I loved her character, almost instantly and as she developed throughout the story even more! Most definitely a #FanGirl of Jane Hawk! There are a wealth of intriguing and also some frightening characters. Not to mention the clever, deeply layered plot!
This novel is action packed and EPIC!

The novel opens with the major news story of a plane crash in Philadelphia. Jane is seemingly living off the grid, but we are unaware as to why. She meets with Gwyneth Lambert, a fellow marine wife and now widow. They share the stories of their husband’s suicides and each is left baffled as to why it happened? There were no signs, no depression and no logical reasoning for the men to have committed suicide.

We then learn the extra bit of depth behind Jane’s character. She is an FBI agent, specialising in mass murders and serial killers. She is currently on a leave of absence, due to the death of her, very much loved and missed husband Nick, four months ago. Nick was a Colonel in the US military, his suicide occurred one night as they prepared for their evening meal. Nick left a bizarre note, which left Jane with more suspicions…….

‘Something is wrong with me. I need. I very much need. I very much need to be dead.’

This note led Jane to begin to investigate the rise in the US suicide rate. It is currently higher than it has ever been. But why? What is causing US citizens to suddenly commit suicide on a mass scale? She investigates symptoms the people displayed prior to death. Such as vertigo, strange intense dreams, tremors of mouth and a biter taste. The symptoms vary person to person, but Jane is determined to find a link.

So far, Jane has interviewed and investigated 22 deaths. The people used various methods gun shot, drug overdose and hanging etc. Jane begins to believe there is a link possible via a cerebral implant. The type paraplegic’s use to operate prosthetic limbs. Her research leads her to the Gernsback Institute and some elite individuals. With no FBI resources to use, due to her fear of government involvement or links to government officials. She has to navigate a world of criminality. A world she knows well, from an apprehension perspective.

‘Not all cops were on the side of the righteous’

Jane moves on and interviews Sidney, his wife Eileen (Leenie) hung herself. Jane learns Eileen also left a riddle like, suicide note and that she needs help to decipher what these notes mean…

“Sweet Sayso says he’s lonely all these years, why did leenie stope needing him, he was always there for Leenie, now I need to be there for him” – Eileen’s note

She decides to take the notes to Dr Moshe Steintz, a retired forensic psychiatrist. But not before she makes a special trip…..

Her trip involves a visit to see her son Travis. A son Jane has had to hide. Travis is 5yr old and unaware of his mother’s investigation. It is during this visit that the reader learns the horrifying truth, of why Travis lives in hiding. The sinister Mr Droog, the threats to Jane, her son and why she must adapt an off the grid lifestyle! It makes for shocking reading!!!!!! As a mother the separation from her son, is heart-breaking to read. I admired her courage and determination for justice.

‘She had nothing to live for now except vengeance and this precious boy. She would revel in the vengeance, but if she died for either cause, the only good death would be to die for him’

Whoever is after Jane has clear connections and extreme wealth. She is a lone woman, trying to investigate an epidemic that has swept the US. One thing is for certain Jane, needs some help!
Moshe is able to provide an insight into the copies of the suicide notes. They debate a range of theories. Can dreams be programmed? Is this a case of hypnotism? Moshe continues to state that each individual referred to an ‘altered state of mind’ that perhaps some truth lies in their psychology. But gives a stark warning to Jane….

“A person driven by obsession may not have the patience, the prudence, or even the fullest clarity of mind to investigate such a byzantine conspiracy with any success” – Moshe

Jane’s past career and cases are interwoven into her experiences living off the grid. We learn how her training has led her to be prepared for this investigation. She can read a situation/scene with the mind of a profiler. She has the physical training necessary to overcome adversaries. But mentally she is unprepared for the darkness this investigation will bring into her own life. The darkness she will witness first hand and the evil that roams amongst us!

Jane’s use of a hacker, enables her to access the coroner reports. It also gives her untraced access to some of the wealthy elite with links to the case. Then one route of investigation leads to a sentence that changes everything ‘Bertold Shenneck appears to have a deeply concealed interest in a dark web operation that may or may not be a weird brothel’. The dark website is called Aspasia. But what does it mean? Where is the physical location? What takes place there? How is this linked to the possibility of a psychological control?

Although I have provided quite a lengthy review. Believe me, I have barely scraped the surface! This novel is so deeply layered and cleverly put together, it is pure genius!
It kept me gripped for the entire read! It is action packed, with some highly memorable scenes. Some are truly frightening! It kept me guessing, as to where each lead would go!
It is based around a conspiracy theory, but it is so detailed and intricate. I am amazed at the skill of the writer! I already have the next the series, The Whispering Room and CANNOT wait to read how this story develops further!
5* Genius

Dean Koontz 
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#Review Look For Me by @LisaGardnerBks @arrowpublishing 4* #NewRelease #CrimeFiction

Look For Me by Lisa Gardner

Detective DD Warren and Flora Dane are in a race against time to save a young girl’s life – or bring her to justice.

A family home has become a crime scene. Five people are involved: four of them have been savagely murdered; one – a sixteen-year-old girl – is missing.

Was she lucky to have escaped? Or is her absence evidence of something sinister?

Detective D. D. Warren is on the case, as is survivor-turned-avenger Flora Dane.

Seeking different types of justice, they must make sense of the clues left behind by a young woman who, as victim or suspect, is silently pleading, Look for me.

My review:

This novel is one of those I often refer to as ‘so much bigger than the synopsis’. The novel has a short, catchy synopsis. But there is so much depth within the plot! We are led to believe that the plot will focus around the crime scene and murders of an entire family. But the plot focuses on the young survivor Roxanna and the teens closely linked to her…….

‘The world is full of evil. Fear is what keeps us safe’ – Flora Dane

We are introduced to the characters Flora Dane and Boston detective D.D. Warren. As they attempt to solve the murders that took place at Roxanna’s house. Her mother, mother’s boyfriend, sister and little brother are all found dead. The murders are execution style, and this leaves the detectives baffled. Who would want to kill this young family with no enemies? Where is Roxanna?

Did Roxanna murder her family or was she the real target?

When DD digs further into the family’s backstory. We learn that it is one of great complexity. The history involves parental alcoholism, foster care and broken relationships. It is by no means, an easy case to solve. But throughout the family’s troubles, the one shining light was the responsible big sister Roxanna.
So where is she now?

Flora Dane is a survivor by every meaning of the word! She is tough, no nonsense and is determined to be the voice for these young women. She refuses to believe that Roxanna had anything to do with the murders. She runs her own investigation, side by side of DD’s. With the sole aim, of proving Roxanna wasn’t a part of what took place. But how sure, can Flora be?

“I was the person who knew exactly what you were going through, and would never give up till you came home again” Flora Dane

Flora has her own backstory and history with DD. Flora is a survivor of serial rapist and murder Jacob Ness. Having spent 472 days in captivity. She runs an online support group for survivors and this proves as fascinating as the case in hand. She offers advice and guidance on how to live in the aftermath of being victimised. I really admired Flora’s sense of duty to these young women.

‘The world is filled with survivors. And we are just trying to find the light’ Stacey summers – Survivor

The novel is also scattered with extracts from Roxanna’s recent school assignment on perfect families. It offers an insight into her time in foster care and gives her a voice throughout the novel. I found the extracts to be both mature in their writing and ‘coming of age’. It was as if, Roxanna was finally learning to accept her past for what it was.

‘A perfect family has to be made. Mistakes. Regret. Repair. You have to work at it’ Roxanna

This novel is a story, of what happens when the fragmented youth begin to crack! The focus being on the teenagers involved and what family means to them 4*

Lisa Gardner
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