Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz – A Review

This is not a joke. I repeat, this is not a joke. But Happy April Fool’s Day anyway!

It has been a while since my last review. Not like I have not been reading. But… so many books, so little time.

It is no secret I am a huge fan of Dean Koontz. My collection of his works rivals my aggregation of Stephen King novels and short stories. He is undoubtedly my second favorite author.

As with most prolific authors, there are books that grab you and pull you in while others take patience and fortitude to make it until the end. This book is the former, so without further ado, I present [my thoughts on] Ashley Bell.

 

Title: Ashley Bell
Author: Dean Koontz
Genre: Psychological Suspense, Mystery

Synopsis: The girl who said no to death.

Bibi Blair is a fierce, funny, dauntless young woman—whose doctor says she has one year to live.
She replies, “We’ll see.”
Her sudden recovery astonishes medical science.
An enigmatic woman convinces Bibi that she escaped death so that she can save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell.
But save her from what, from whom? And who is Ashley Bell? Where is she?
Bibi’s obsession with finding Ashley sends her on the run from threats both mystical and worldly, including a rich and charismatic cult leader with terrifying ambitions.

About the Author: The basics are: Dean Koontz lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Anna, and the enduring spirit of their golden, Trixie. But there is so much more, so hop on over to his website and check out everything Dean Koontz-related (full bio here).
 

First Impression: Yay! A new Koontz novel! (I did tell you I was a fan, so really… what did you imagine?)

 

 
There is an expectation when reading certain authors; an expectation based on previous experiences reading their work. For some reason the name Koontz became synonymous with horror writers like King, but he doesn’t write horror – not really, anyway. So when their works are compared, it is more apples to oranges rather than apples to apples. 
 
To be honest, I cannot put him in any one genre; that is how wide his range is. Maybe science fiction, a little paranormal – definitely weird, but in a way that makes you believe anything is possible. His writing will take you places you did not know you wanted to go until you are already there and reveals truths about the human condition you have yet to admit, even to yourself.
 
Ashley Bell was no exception.
 
You think you know, but you have no idea.
 
Imagine you are traveling down a somewhat familiar trail. There are aspects you envisage, images of the norm you have calculated into the presumption of the path ahead. For all intents and purposes, your conjecture proves correct. After all, the path was calculated to fit within your literary ideals forecast by years of walking similar avenues. It is called the beaten path for a reason.
 
Then Bibi opens a door. No seriously, guys – she opens a door.
 
All your assumptions, your reliance on the familiarity of the path, explodes in your face. Less than two hundred pages from the end and BAM! You are forced to rethink everything you thought you knew. By the end, you are exhausted.
 
It will blow your mind and you will like it.
 
Final Thoughts: It has been awhile since one of Koontz’s books has had the power to surprise me. And even though I know what is coming, I would still read it again in hopes of finding the clues leading to that door.
 
My Suggestion: Buy this book. You will not regret it – not one little bit.
 
Barnes and Noble (there may still be signed copies available – like mine!)
Other Fine Retailers
 

Star Rating:

 

Disclaimer: I have not been compensated in any way for this review and all opinions contained herein are my own and in no way reflect the ideas or opinions of people or sites I may reference.  This is intended for entertainment purposes only.

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