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"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 void that remains stands his widow, Jane, surrounded by questions destined to go unanswered...unless she does what all the grief, fear, confusion, and fury inside of her demand: find the truth, no matter what.
There is no one else to speak for Jane's husband - or the others who have followed him into death at their own hands. Although people of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have recently been committing suicide in surprising numbers, no one else is willing to give up everything just to seek, to find, to know. No one except Jane. But ahead lies only risk. Because those arrayed against her are legion...and dangerously devoted to protecting something profoundly important - or terrifying - enough to exterminate any and all in their way.
Too many have already died, and those responsible will learn that all their malevolent power 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.
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By Townsend on 10-19-17
Having been a Dean Koontz fan for over twenty years, I’m always glad to see him start a new series. And, yes, this is definitely Book 1 with more to come. Some issues are resolved, others are left hanging. The main character, an FBI agent on leave, is out to solve the mystery of her happy, well-adjusted husband’s suicide. It quickly becomes obvious that some sort of “mind control” is at work. Game on. The resulting search for answers is part suspense/thriller, part sci-fi. Lots of action, lots to think about.
Koontz does the lone searcher-after-truth as well as any writer on the scene today. Along the way, he introduces our heroine Jane to a steady stream of interesting (and well-written) people, some endearing, others revolting, some of whom are mere “walk-ons”, while others hang around. The main characters don’t live in a closed universe. Kind of like real life — you meet someone in a strange town, interact for a few minutes or maybe an hour, and odds are you’ll never see them again. And sometimes the odds are wrong, but usually not.
I read or listen to Koontz as much for his prose as for his plots. Lovely descriptions and an SAT vocabulary. (Who else can use the word “deliquesce” in such an unselfconscious way?) He doesn’t merely “plot” a thriller, he WRITES it.
I don’t understand the criticisms of the narrator. Dean Koontz writes the way he talks - you can find some fascinating interviews online. When I read his books I “hear” a very soft, even gentle voice, so hearing it read aloud that ways seems right. His main characters always have a quietness about them that reflects their “loner” or outsider natures, and Elizabeth Rodgers captures this in her reading. I agree with those who find the long pauses between chapters annoying, but this is the production crew”s error, not the narrator’s.
Bottom line: only four stars because it isn’t Koontz’s best work. Truth: if I were comparing The Silent Corner to the work of other writers rather than to Koontz himself, I’d probably give it five! And, yes, I’m eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
29 of 30 people found this review helpful
By tray on 07-16-17
Need a new narrator
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The book, definately. But read it, don't listen. Elisabeth Rodgers was quite robotic sounding. Like when I had Alexa read a book for me before I got Audible. I hoped that I had bought a kindle version as well, but hadn't so I was stuck listening to her. The story line was good, I enjoyed the book, just not the narration.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silent Corner?
All of it.
How could the performance have been better?
Less robotic... don't pause forever between chapters (often I thought there was something wrong because the pause seemed to go on for so long!)
Was The Silent Corner worth the listening time?
The story was. I just found the narration annoying. If I could have traded for a kindle version, I would have.
Any additional comments?
I would like to be reimbursed for this book. If I see Elisabeth Rodgers again, I won't buy the book in audible form.
47 of 50 people found this review helpful
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By Kathryn on 06-29-17
Really scary, couldn't put it down
Very current, could see this happening now. yet another gripping story , really enjoyed it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Mr on 01-10-18
Nice change from usual characters
Good book and well read but definitely part one of a series
Well worth it
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By Anonymous User on 07-14-17
Exceptionally enjoyable taught and gripping.
A great read, well read. this is very much a story of our times. Essential.
By Katie on 07-11-17
First in a Series
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Yes and no. I listen to audio books while I am doing other things - eg driving - so I'm not usually 100% focused on the book. However, with this one, I kept having to replay lots of it, because the monotony, especially at the beginning and end, made things quite confusing.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I was really disappointed - I didn't realise it was the first in a series, so I was expecting the book to have an actual ending....
What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?
Well, for the first half of the book all the characters sounded the same as her "narration voice", so I had a lot of trouble working out when someone was talking, and who was talking. Then when she did start using "character voices" the guys all sounded like they had the same "smokers voice".
I had a lot of trouble following the story because of the narration.
Did The Silent Corner inspire you to do anything?
Yes, to read the WHOLE blurb, so I know when I'm starting a series.... especially when the next book(s) are not due for ages :(
I like to binge read series.