Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

Posted December 15, 2015 | 35 Comments

Ashley Bell by Dean KoontzAshley Bell
Author: Dean Koontz
Published by: Bantam
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Format: eARC
Pages: 578
Source: Publisher
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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.

“She was no one’s toy. Never had been, never would be.”

Ashley Bell, another Dean Koontz book that gets love from me. Am I surprised? Nope!

This kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the majority of the book. There were times where I wondered what the hell was going on. I love that. There was also a point where it did seem to slow down a bit, but even that was interesting. I was so curious about the paranormal aspect and where it was leading, because I really had no idea. Shocking, I know.

Koontz does a great job of building everything up in the beginning. At times you wonder what do certain things and situations have to do with the story, but as it progresses, you start to see how the author pulls everything together. While things may seem irrelevant at times, they’re not. There’s a reason for everything.

The characters were wonderful, especially Bibi. She’s an intelligent woman who thinks her way through some pretty dangerous situations. It was nice to have such a competent heroine to root for.

Overall, Ashley Bell wasn’t my favorite of Dean Koontz’s book, but I sure enjoyed it a lot. Totally worth the almost 600 page read.

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35 responses to “Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz

    • Christy
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      Hope you enjoy it. This is one you might have to stick with in the beginning, but it starts coming together.

    • Christy
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      Yeah, I can definitely see how it would be overwhelming. I think I’m just used to his work and knowing it’ll lead somewhere.

    • Christy
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      You should try Odd Thomas. That’s my favorite of his. Great characters, humor, and pretty quick read because it’s so good.

  1. I haven’t read a Dean Koontz book in forever. I used to live on his books when I was in my crime fiction phase. This sounds like a lot of fun and I’m glad you enjoyed it overall. And you’re right, he always does such a fantastic job building things up in the beginning and keeping you guessing.
    Great review, Christy!
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    • Christy
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      I practically grew up on his books. lol. I don’t read them as often as I used to, but it’s nice getting back to his work now and then.

    • Christy
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      It was one I had to push through in the beginning, but I knew it would pick up and the payout would be worth it. Don’t be a quitter.

    • Christy
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      Yeah, I wouldn’t pop you Koontz cherry with this one. I’d rate it a 3.5-4, but I’m used to his writing when he does it like this. Read Odd Thomas. I love that book so much. Great characters and lots of humor.

    • Christy
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      You should follow in your cousin’s footsteps and read him. Start with something older though, like Odd Thomas.

  2. It really does throw me off when I see you read Koontz. And then comments like, “I was so curious about the paranormal aspect and where it was leading, because I really had no idea..” are SOOO unlike you (I think?). You really surprise me with your eclectic-ness!!!

    And yet, further confirmation for me that Koontz has earned his popularity! I will make sure and show this one to my mom – she may bawk at the page count but she loves paranormal mysteries!
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  3. oh wow….this book sounds wonderful and I haven’t read this author yet. I love the sound of the heroine though…it is always refreshing to read a character that can think with her head.

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