Book Club: The Silent Corner

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Author: Dean Koontz
ISBN: 978-0-7322-9870-8
RRP: $19.99
Publisher: HarperCollins
Copy: Courtesy of the Publisher

I have long been a fan of Dean Koontz and he is probably the author with the most shelf space in my collection so it is also with great anticipation I approach a new one of his books. The problem with this is that the bar is generally set pretty high for him and a couple of times I’ve come out a little underwhelmed.

The Silent Corner is the first in a new series, which is always exciting because you know that you will have time to get to know these characters and follow them through a range of situations. The best bit for me in this situation is that I came to The Silent Corner late, it was first published last June, which means that I only have a couple of months before the next book is released.

Admittedly, it took me a while to warm to this story. The first few chapters left me with a feeling that this would be all fate and higher powers but, lucky for me, I persevered and fell in love with a story that is deeply disturbing and maybe a little too believable to be dystopian.

Jane Hawk loses the love of her life to suicide; a man who had it all and loved his life. Jane is determined to discover the truth, because she knows there is more to his suicide than there seems. Her research leads to disturbing statistics about the rising suicide rate and she is determined to learn what it means.

Koontz has woven a disturbing tale; complex and psychologically terrifying. The best thing about Koontz thrillers is that the scare factor doesn’t come from the gore and the depravity; it comes from the shadowy organisations that are out to change the world to their own ends, and not always (or ever) in the best interests of humanity.

Often the heroes in a Koontz novel are the little guy (or gal in this case) with passion and dedication to their cause that are determined to get to the truth at any cost, usually a very high personal price. They are heroes that find unlikely allies along the way and find it necessary to make massive sacrifices. They are heroes with strong character who often find themselves making decisions that go against their personal beliefs because they are the right decision for the greater good.

Jane Hawk is a widow who has lost a lot, but she has a lot more left to lose. She knows what’s at stake but walking away won’t make her any safer in the long run, not when anyone can see the direction the world is going. The tragic trend she has uncovered does not bode well but it isn’t enough to track the trend; now she needs to discover the how and the why with the bad guys close on her tail.

Who can you trust when the cover-ups seem to start at the top? Are any of the government agencies safe?  These are the issues Jane faces as she travels across the country in her quest for answers.

An FBI background, and an ID that she didn’t hand in when she went on leave, offers greater access but it comes with great risk because that’s a lot of manpower to possibly add to your tail when you’re trying to stay ahead of the bad guys.

The Silent Corner stands alone well, I think you could be quite satisfied with this as a complete story but it certainly left me thrilled to know that there is another book coming that will see Jane further work towards a life that is safer for all our citizens.

In a world that is increasingly driven by technology, with every move seen, recorded and tracked, it is much harder to live off the grid than it used to be. Hawk works hard to stay out of sight and off the radar, always fearing that They will work out where she is, and where she’s heading.

Koontz has done it again with a spine chilling tale of the darkness in the minds of men. It is scary in that the madness of the bad guys is such that they have the arrogance and the power to think that they’re untouchable.

Fans of Koontz won’t be disappointed and I would definitely recommend, now to hope that he keeps up the momentum and brings us many more Jane Hawk stories.

Dean Koontz can be found on Facebook, Twitter and his Website.

The Silent Corner is available now through HarperCollins Australia, Angus & Robertson Bookworld, Booktopia and where all good books are sold.

Thanks to HarperCollins Australia 20 of our Beauty and Lace Club Members will be reading The Silent Corner so please be aware there may be spoilers in the comments below.


18 thoughts on “Book Club: The Silent Corner

  1. A thank you firstly to Beauty & Lace and Publishers Harper Collins for supplying the book for review ‘The Silent Corner’ by Dean Koontz.

    I started this book with high expectations. But this book didn’t hold me in suspense in the opening chapters. The main character FBI agent Jane Hawke, is travelling from one destination to another interviewing close relatives of those who have suicided. It isn’t until a few chapters in that you realise she has a personal agenda in trying to link numerous suicides to that of her recent husband’s suicide 4 months earlier.

    Jane becomes a rogue FBI agent, breaking laws and doing anything to seek the truth. She enlists the help of unlikely people along the way to assist in her ventures. Her purpose in exposing the truth and protecting her 5 year old son never wavers. Her character is a strong one.

    I found the story line interesting. It became dramatic and enthralling at the roller blade/park scene but then I found it became a bit mundane again. The ending was action packed and kept me enthralled.

    What I did find annoying was Dean Koontz over explanation of every aspect of the book. I began to skim through paragraphs as it was very overdone for my liking. Just get to the storyline without so many descriptive, flowery, impressive adjectives! I felt he was trying to silently convey a personal message to the reader, that as a writer he is indeed a scholar.

    The book ended with an unresolved story line, obviously for another book to continue in the future.

    I wouldn’t bother with the follow on book. Dean Koontz’s over explanation and over use of descriptive adjectives gave me the irrits, but for other’s it might be right up your alley.

  2. Thank you Beauty & Lace for selecting me to read The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz ( one of my favourite authors )
    Koontz fans are going to love this book,

    The main character in the book is Jane Hawk a FBI agent who is on leave due to the death of her husband Nick who was a marine,

    Jane is researching the alarming sucicide rate,

    Jane is one tough cookie going undercover and having to stay one step ahead of unseen forces that are trying to capture/kill her so she can’t find out the truth,

    I never realised that this is the first book in a series so hopefully won’t have to wait long before the next book is published

  3. Thank you Beauty & Lace and Harper Collins, for the opportunity to review “The Silent Corner” I had been an avid fan of Dean Koontz for many years, but over the last few years I had forgotten about him, so was looking forward to reconnecting with him in this book. I think he has somewhat changed his style and his writing is not so ‘out there’ scary and frightening as how I remember previous books.
    In this the scariness is more subtle, in this age of amazing advantages in technology it is easy to imagine the technology he writes of being real.
    I very much enjoyed his descriptive passages ‘diesel growl and friction drone of eighteen tires on asphalt’….’clouds sailing in from the north, an armada of gray galleons that raised their sails to screen out the high blue vault…’ descriptive beauty in words that can lull the reader to forget the danger of the moment.
    The heroine, Jane Hawk, is a fantastic character, determined to do her best to wipe out evil even when she has no idea who the baddies are. In the first half of the book, the evil people seem to always know where she is and appear to be continually finding her. Suddenly in the second half, these people seem to disappear, without explanation, this seemed to be an unexplained inconsistency to me.
    It was not till the last page that I realised there was a sequel to this book. I was left high and dry, hanging for the outcome. Within ten minutes of finishing the book I was on line and had ordered ‘The Whispering Room’
    The Silent Corner was a great, difficult to put down book, If you enjoy suspense and mystery and an excellent author, I suggest you read this.

  4. When I first told my husband that I was getting ‘The Silent Corner’ to review he told me that I wouldn’t like it because it would be too scary for me. I’m an avid reader, but have never read any Dean Koontz books before. The blurb of this one just got me hooked though.

    I found the first couple of chapters a bit difficult to read – it was as if I’d been dropped in the middle of a story and I wondered if this was the second book in a series, but it’s not, it’s the first! Anyway I persisted and a few more chapters in, I worked out what was happening. From then on it was difficult to put down as I just needed to know what was going to happen next. I did expect this all to be resolved in one book (I didn’t realise it was a series until the end), so I was a bit disappointed in the ending, but now have a good excuse to go out and buy the next book. As with all of these types of books, it can’t be taken seriously – one person taking on the rest of the world – but it’s easy to get lost in the fantasy of it all. I did notice the very descriptive language, as another reviewer pointed out and I did find myself skimming over some of that language to get to the crux of the story, but when I did slow down enough to read it, I enjoyed it.

    ‘The Silet Corner’ is not scary at all, it a thrilling book that is difficult to put down, so make sure you’ve got plenty of time and a good cup of coffee before you pick it up! Thank you Beauty and Lace for another great book to review. >:o)

  5. Having never read any of Dean Kootz books before but having heard that he likes to tend towards the scary side, I was a bit apprehensive.

    But The Silent Corner was not so dark. More Futuristic Sci Fi with a believable storyline and action. I did enjoy the character of Jane Jawk, one tough bird who isn’t letting life get in the way of truth, but I did struggle with too many descriptive words when one or two would have been enough. I also thought the softer side of Jane, with her son, friends and loyalty made her more in touch with the reader and the world around her.

    Overall I think the story line in this day and age is something that could come to fruition, the research was well thought out and put together into a timeline that I followed easily. It didn’t jump back and forth, the characters were true to the story and I enjoyed reading it., I look forward to reading the second book as there clearly is going to be one!

  6. I had not yet come across this author before largely due to this not being my genre of books but I have to say I did enjoy the colourful way he writes with such detail and flare.

    Not being used to this style of book, I did find it a while until the reason why Jane was investigating these kinds of deaths. Once it became apparent that she was looking for a connection things slotted into place and I became really interested in how this was all going to unfold.

    One thing that I would say is as a stand alone book it left too many questions unanswered and I was disappointed to realise that it was one in a series of books. Whilst I would be very keen to read the other books it is something that you would want to have ready, at home, ready to put one book down and start reading the next (testimont to the quality of penmanship).

    For those who do have access to all the books (or are happy to wait until they come out) this is a great read, well written with easily relat-able and likable characters.

  7. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz is a thriller and a good read.

    FBI agent Jane Hawk is investigating the apparent suicide of her husband. She is convinced that foul play is involved, due to an unusual number of apparent suicides by people who were apparently happy.
    Jane has to stay undercover, and keep changing her appearance as she is obviously upsetting some people with her search.

    I enjoyed the story and thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read it.

  8. Thank you BeautyandLace for this book reading opportunity. I enjoyed being lost in my own world when reading this book. I have to say that I was looking forward to reading a suspenseful thriller and this book did not disappoint.

    There were certain things in this book, that were a bit shocking and abrupt for me, so much that when I was reading it on my daily commute, I had to close the book for a few seconds to fully grasp what just happened in the book. It is extremely well written if it can evoke such a response from the reader!

    The main character is a strong and intelligent FBI agent, Jane, but there is so much more to her, as we find out through the pages.

    I enjoyed reading this exciting book by Dean Koontz and he proves once again how he has a way with words and a way to capture the reader’s attention.

    Thank you, enjoyed very much.

  9. I’ve read a lot of Dean Koontz, and i really enjoy him as an author, but have to admit after the first few chapters i had to check to see if it was really Koontz i was reading.

    I struggled to get through the book as it feel it was “over written” a lot of unnecessary fluff and its really anti climatic.

    This seems to be the first of a series, and i won’t be reading the rest.
    its all part of reading some books we fall in love with, some make us laugh, and some just miss the mark., unfortunately this was the latter

    Thanks again to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins

  10. I was looking forward to reading my first Dean Koontz novel “The Silent Corner” and I was not disappointed. Jane Hawk a former FBI agent leaves the bureau to investigate her husband’s suicide, believing more sinister people are the cause of his untimely death. As the story unfolds it moves through her desperation to uncover the truth while protecting her son.
    It took a while to build rapport with Jane as Koontz jumps through the investigation, moving from person to person. The novel highlights the darkness of technology in today’s society, with the Dark Web and corruption. Overall I enjoyed reading The Silent Corner although Koontz writing style is unnecessarily long winded at times the story line was interesting; I look forward to reading some of his earlier books

  11. I really enjoyed reading The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz . Once I settled down to read it the novel flowed really well.
    It is centred around FBI agent Jane Hawk who is investigating the apparent suicide of her husband believing that there is much more to the story than meets the eye.
    It is at times hard to follow the story as it jumps from person to person through out the story but it is well worth not giving up on as the end is very gratifying.
    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for allowing me to read and review this great novel which I highly recommend for those wanting a book that they can really get involved in.

  12. Thankyou Beauty and Lace for allowing me to read “The Silent Corner’ by Dean Koontz. My first read on Beauty and Lace and also Dean Koontz.
    Jane Hawk, the heroine , is one tough lady and on leave from the FBI to seek the real truth of her husbands recent suicide and also linking his death to the alarming rise in suicides. Not knowing who she can trust she has sought ‘the silent corner’ and many camouflages to remain undercover but only managing to stay one step ahead of the enemy. Her main goal is to keep her five year old son safe and takes untold risks hoping to uncover a greater force and provide safety for the future. I found this book a good easy read full of suspense and psychologically disturbing. Thankyou

  13. The Silent Corner is the first of Dean Koontz’s books that I’ve read and i really enjoyed it. I loved the strong female lead character Jane Hawk and the disturbing biotech themes explored. I was drawn in to the story and really wanted to find out how events concluded. Not realising this was the first book in the series, I was a little surprised how it ended. But suffice to say I’ll be looking forward to reading the next one. At times the prose was a little flowery but overall I thought it was pretty well written and the descriptions really added to the depth of the storyline, settings and characters.

    Many thanks to Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins for the opportunity to read and review The Silent Corner.

  14. My first delve into Dean Koontz, and what fun! 3 out of 5 for an adventure. Thanks Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins. Jane Hawk is an FBI agent but this is not an FBI or crime adventure as I thought but a mystery adventure into deaths, including Jane’s husband Nick. The book reads like a good TV thriller with plenty of chases and thrills along the way. Without spoilers it was great how we were in the head of some of the characters being “not themselves”, and how that was handled, particularly the thrilling conclusion.
    One thing, did anyone else find Jane not believable as a woman? I felt if you just changed the name to John things would fit better, all those big sandwiches and utilitarian sleep eat stuff, I do not know I just did not believe Jane as a woman. Did not make any difference it was fun adventure.

  15. An intriguing suspense, made more intense by the fact that this could actually happen in the not too distant future. Nanotechnology is developing at such a rapid pace which makes this thriller all the unnerving. My only critique is the unnecessarily flowery language. I had to re-read a number of sentences before just shrugging, letting it go and moving on.

  16. Thanks for the opportunity to review this book.

    I was very excited to be reading this book as haven’t read Dean Koontz before and thought I would love his books. This has been a real struggle for me to read. It’s a shame because the plot is really interesting and somewhat believable. The struggle has been the over description of every detail. I just wanted to go a few chapters ahead to get to the point.

    I will pick up some of his previous books to try I think.

    I’m thinking now I won’t read the rest of this series but I hate not knowing what is going to happen so might just try the next one!

  17. I read a lot of Dean Koontz when I was an early teen and always loved his stories. I was excited to be given the opportunity to read The Silent Corner and update my Dean Koontz reading list. This was a departure from his previous style of writing and it seemed to be overly descriptive in parts that didn’t need to be. Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more in the series, hoping that the style will improve and I get to know Jane Hawk even more.

  18. I was so excited to read this story, the blurb sounded like it was going to be a really good read.
    However I really struggled all the way through it, (sad face) the ideas were great but it fell flat for me.
    I appreciate the opportunity however to have had the chance to read The Silent Corner. Thank you Beauty and Lace and Harper Collins.

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