Published in 2017, “The Silent Corner” by Dean Koontz still has relevance today. Combining current technology with science fiction, this book is perfect for a student who attends a school like Embry-Riddle. The book opens with the main character, Jane Hawk, a former FBI agent lost in thought. Koontz then reveals her wild and dangerous quest to find out the reason behind the climbing suicide and murder rate among the US population. What is more frightening is that these deaths are accompanied by chilling notes. While the reader follows Jane on her hunt for the truth, Koontz also gives simultaneous insight to the random members of the population that are dying or committing some of the atrocious killings. The motivating factor for Jane is that her husband was a victim of these suspicious deaths and also left a dark note. “The Silent Corner” culminates with Jane finding who she believes to be the mastermind behind the engineered deaths. The explosive confrontation that ensues is breathtaking and leaves the reader wanting more.
I found the book was hard to put down; it is that good. Hooking the reader in with relatable experiences and details then hitting them with the dangerous adventure Jane is pursuing takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. It definitely deserves its ‘thriller’ categorization. If the reader is someone who is also from Southern California, like me, then the book is all the more relatable because many of the places that Jane goes are quite familiar, like Napa Valley, the San Diego Library, and the hills of the Ortega highway pass. It is an extremely good book and I would recommend anyone to pick it up and read it.
The only reason that I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 is because Jane’s quest continues on for two more books. Koontz had me invested in Jane’s search for the truth and I wanted to find out if she attained it by the end. However, if someone is willing to put aside the time for three Dean Koontz novels, then this is definitely a series to begin because it will have any reader up late, under the covers with a flashlight, trying to find out what happens next.