A dazzling new series, a pure adrenaline rush, debuts with Jane Hawk, a remarkable heroine certain to become an icon of suspense
“I very much need to be dead.”
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Get ready to boo me Koontz fans. I was disappointed by this book.
I’ll start with the good stuff. There is no question that Dean Koontz is a gifted storyteller. He has a way of capturing a scene and igniting all our senses. I not only saw the story playing out, I heard the noise and smelled the odors.
They were after her. The omnipotent, almost mystical They. But she had no idea who They might be.
Jane’s character immediately hooked me. I felt compassion for her situation and I wanted her to kick ass.
Then, as the story goes along and other viewpoint characters are introduced, Koontz does something I occasionally see that irks me to no end: He switches tenses. Jane’s part and a few others are in the traditional third person past tense. But we also have a handful of characters written in third person present tense. The tense switch constantly throws me off, with the present tense making me rethink the order of things, as if those parts are more immediate. They aren’t. There is no difference in the timeline of events, and these tense switches are irritating, pointless distractions.
Only on rare occasions does Kipp Garner carry a handgun, and he isn’t packing one now.
But, okay. I grumbled and got on with it, adjusting, somewhat to those pointless tense changes.
Despite the fast pacing of the story, the plot unfolds slowly. We are hundreds of pages in before pieces start to click together, although there are subtle clues along the way. This is a complex conspiracy-based plot. I can’t tell you much without giving away spoilers, so I’ll just say we venture into the dark realm of the power science could offer.
More than once, when she stopped at a red traffic light, she adjusted the rearview mirror to look into the reflection of her eyes. She didn’t see crazy yet, but she wondered if it was coming.
What totally ruined this book for me is that there is no ending. None. We spend 464 pages with this story, and at the end we find we’ve only rattled the hornets’ nest and now we’re left standing in the mist of the chaos without even a hint of resolution. Honestly, I felt like the book was missing the final chapter.
Yes, this is the first book in a new series. But this is not a short book, by any stretch of the imagination. All those pages, and absolutely nothing about the plot is resolved. If you want to know what happens you have no choice but to wait for and purchase the next book in this series. It feels a little like extortion.
So… this is a complex plot that is going to take at least one more book to resolve. If you want to read this one, I recommend waiting until the next book is released so you’re not left swinging in the breeze.
*I was provided with an advance copy by the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.*
Thanks for reading. 🙂