Review

In ASHLEY BELL Mr. Koontz has given life to one of my favorite quotes and Bibi Blair, a heroine readers can relate to and easily imagine themselves as. Bibi is nothing short of magnificent and I sincerely hope to get the opportunity to join her on another quest.

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.

Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.(Synopsis from Amazon)

After being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer and being told she has, at most, one year to live, Bibi Blair miraculously recovers. Bibi believes her recovery is due to a surreptitious wee hour visit by a golden retriever and his enigmatic owner. But there has to be a reason, right? Bibi is led to believe her inexplicable cure was for one reason, to save Ashley Bell.

Bibi isn’t alone in her search. A memorable cast of characters help or hinder her along the way; from a fascinating concentration camp survivor and the two Hermione’s on the plus side to Dr. Solange de Croix and “he of several names” on the hateful, chilling side. There are also those closest to Bibi, Murph and Nancy, her parents, Captain, her deceased grandfather, Pax, her navy Seal fiancé, and Pogo, her best friend. Each of these and more play a special role helping Bibi attempt the impossible.

I fell in love with Dean Koontz’s writing when he was using another pen name. He took me to many wondrous places and offered variant views of the world I thought I knew. Sadly, one day he led in a direction I couldn’t follow. While tempted in the intervening years I was gun shy. However, there was that elusive “something” about the ASHLEY BELL blurb that was irresistible. I’m beyond tickled that I took the chance. This is what initially thrilled and drew me.

Bibi’s quest to find and rescue Ashley Bell was a mystical, mysterious, thrilling ride I’m not likely to forget any time soon. It was impossible to just “simply read” ASHLEY BELL. Bibi’s mission challenged me, took me places, showed me things, and created so many questions; so many what if’s that spiral off each other my brain may never stop trying to unravel them.

ASHLEY BELL is hands down one of the top three books I’ve read this year. Kudos.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!

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