By Dean Koontz
#1 NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER • NAMED the best BOOKS OF THE yr by means of BOOKPAGE • The must-read mystery of the yr, for readers of darkish mental suspense and smooth classics of puzzle and adventure. Don’t leave out a different preview of Dean Koontz’s upcoming novel, The Silent Corner, behind the book.
The lady who stated no to death.
Bibi Blair is a fierce, humorous, dauntless younger woman—whose health care professional says she has 12 months to live.
She replies, “We’ll see.”
Her surprising restoration astonishes scientific science.
An enigmatic lady convinces Bibi that she escaped loss of life in order that she will be able to keep another individual. an individual named Ashley Bell.
yet shop her from what, from whom? And who's Ashley Bell? the place is she?
Bibi’s obsession with discovering Ashley sends her at the run from threats either mystical and worldly, together with a wealthy and charismatic cult chief with terrifying ambitions.
here's an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced tale with a thrilling heroine and a twisting, inventive plot choked with surprising surprises. Ashley Bell is a brand new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.
Praise for Ashley Bell
“A mind-bender full of fulfilling surprises.”—People (book of the week)
“[With] lyrical writing and compelling characters . . . Koontz stands on my own, and this novel is a main instance of literary suspense. . . . one among his best.”—Associated Press
“Grabs you on web page one and retains you enthralled with ever widening loops of intrigue, spine-tingling plot twists, soaking up characters and emotional involvement . . . extraordinary.”—Bookreporter
“Heart-pounding and brain boggling . . . a rarity of a thriller—one that asks massive questions about existence and future whereas succeeding in developing [an] eerie experience of reality.”—Shelf Awareness
“Strap in and carry on. . . . while a author has controlled to trap this sort of lightning in a bottle, each reader should still adventure the whole jolt.”—BookPage
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You give up. convinced, you surrender. simply because for those who hadn’t, i'd have visible that you simply have been thrown out in your ass. ” pissed off, of part a brain to shoot St. Croix within the foot to strength her to forestall being so enigmatic, Bibi stated, “Okay, very well, so inform me what I did. ” “You recognize rattling good what you probably did. ” Her chilly eyes have been scorching now, the gas-flame blue of the fireplace in a pet-cemetery cremator. “Pretend I don’t recognize. inform me. Spit it out and humiliate me. If it’s so undesirable, then make me believe just like the shit you think that i'm. ” a guy acknowledged, “Enough of this. ” Chubb Coy had opened the black-lacquered door and entered the third-floor suite. He wore a black go well with, grey blouse, no tie. His pistol was once outfitted with a valid suppressor. Bibi stored the P226 at the professor, who was once closer than the manager of health center protection (and regardless of the hell else he may be). Judging via her response, St. Croix used to be no much less shocked through Coy’s arrival than used to be Bibi. “What are you doing the following? you haven't any correct. this is often my domestic. First this sneaky little complain and now you? I won’t tolerate—” She did not end the sentence sooner than Coy shot her two times within the chest. For an speedy, Bibi suggestion that Chubb Coy had intended to shoot her, yet, as a result of being a bad marksman, had killed the professor as a substitute. in spite of the fact that, while he declared, “She might were a greater girl and instructor if an individual were there to shoot her each morning of her life,” his purpose was once now not unsure. Bibi had noticeable the bad aftermath of homicide yet by no means the act dedicated. no matter what she may need imagined approximately this kind of second, all that she had written or thought of writing a few murder, did not catch the surprise of it, the piercing and hollowing wound of being witness to a existence ended upfront, the fast feel international ended and with all of it the stories of she whose global it have been. The terrible convulsive reflex of the physique as every one bullet impacted. the sunshine of being right now extinguished within the eyes. A cave in so diverse from the autumn of a person with nonetheless a spark of existence, the tough and undignified drop no longer of somebody yet of a specific thing. Solange St. Croix, no buddy of Bibi’s, however evoked in her a pang of grief, no longer all or maybe such a lot of it for the professor, yet for herself, too, and for everybody born into this international of loss of life. That she had any compassion in any respect for St. Croix was once amazing, because, while the girl fell, a knife slipped from her sleeve. A switchblade, judging by means of the operative button at the deal with. The suppressed sound of the 2 photographs didn't crash wall to wall, yet was once like fast phrases whispered in a few incomprehensible language, absorbed with out echo by means of the layered materials and the lush upholstery of the Victorian parlor. Even in that muffled second, as Dr. St. Croix replaced from individual to continues to be, Chubb Coy reduced his weapon, thereby making it transparent that he wouldn't shoot Bibi, although he didn't holster the gun. “What the hell? ” she acknowledged, letting the phrases out in a hurry of pent-up breath.