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Ashley Bell

– tekijä: Dean Koontz

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"At twenty-two, Bibi Blair's doctors tell her that she's dying. Two days later, she's impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a Southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn"--… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 76) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This is the first novel that I've read by Dean Koontz, so I don't know how close the plot comes to other books that he has written. Ashley Bell certainly defies being pigeon-holed into a particular genre. The book's protagonist, Bibi Blair, finds out early in the story that she has been stricken with an incurable form of brain cancer. Miraculously overnight, she is cured and leaves a baffled hospital staff behind to go to her home, where her parents have sent her the peculiar gift of a masseuse/diviner. She tells Bibi that to keep from being killed by the "Wrong People" and to repay her miracle cure, she must save the life of a girl named Ashley Bell. After that strange encounter, Bibi is thrown into the role of investigator-on-the-run, trying to find out who Ashley Bell is and how she might save her. A major part of this novel revolves around Bibi being an author. Many references are made to authors and stories from both classical and modern literature, which are expertly woven into the narrative. This book is very well written with lots of twists and turns, but from a personal perspective, I find novels that deliver real-life problems with unrealistic solutions to be a kind of cheat. In this novel, Koontz states that real writers don't use a formula and don't know where their characters will take them once the story has begun. That may be true, but in the case of this novel, I didn't find the solution to this character's problems very satisfying. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
I am a huge fan of Koontz's Odd Thomas series and this new character had shades of Odd to her. Really enjoyed the build up, and the big reveal towards the end was...well....you just have to read it. ( )
  ReaderWriterRunner | Jul 27, 2021 |
Just started, but am already completely hooked. Constantly changing timelines and characters, but it works.

Wow! Considering how many Dean Koontz books I have read and loved, he stills manages to deliver a fresh, new approach, new ideas, and a fresh new story. Thanks Mr. Koontz for another wonderful story!

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. ( )
  Gmomaj | Jul 21, 2021 |
This book just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and you get no where Bibi has cancer then she doesn't then she does then she doesn't. She is in a coma but she isn't people are after her but they aren't. It took me almost a month to read this book, even forced reading in high school didn't take me a month. I am an avid Dean Koontz reader, and the cover and title had me looking forward to this book for months.... WHAT A LET DOWN. I am not sure if I can go back to another Koontz book or not. ( )
  debbiedd24 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Thanks to Random House & NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I first started reading Dean Koontz in my teens, and was a fan for years. Somewhere in there, I hit a book that was just a bit weirdly out there for me, and my attention wandered elsewhere. Still, the premise of this book was intriguing, and will my love for his older stuff in my memory, I gave this book a try.

First of all, this isn't his standard fare. Oh, there are hints of the supernatural at play but it is more subtly done at the start.. It is a thriller and a mystery, and a good one. I think what most surprised me, reading this as an adult and not a 20yo with a lesser appreciation for writing was how lyrical the writing was.

The story builds slowly, but as the mystery revealed itself the pace increased along with the tension. The ending - well, it wasn't tying up the way I was expecting until I thought about it (and realized that aha, here is the plot twist I should have been expecting), was really a surprise.

Yes, there is a golden retriever in this tale, reminding me that this was indeed a Dean Koontz novel. I know that put one reviewer off, oddly enough (as if Stephen King doesn't set his novels in Maine - so what?) but this new novel really does veer off from what those familiar with Dean Koontz might see as his usual style. I really enjoyed it and can't recommend it enough - just be sure to put those expectations to the side. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 76) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
***** 5 out of 5 stars
2015 TOP PICK
Review by: Stacy Palm

It is often the case that my most treasured reads are the absolute most difficult to review. For one, I want you to be able to experience the book as I did with as little knowledge as possible about what transpires on the pages within. Second, there is no way the words I write about the book will ever do it justice, as I'm simply not that talented of a writer as my favorite authors. So I'm left with this exasperating need to just beg you to go get the book and read it for yourself.

Ashley Bell was one of the most enthralling stories I've read this year, and I've read nearly a hundred books this year. I'm going to give very little of the actual story to you because reading this is a journey with the destination best left unknown. I will tell you that this is the story of Bibi Blair. "Wait, not Ashley Bell?" you say. Yes, that was my initial reaction as well, but Ashley comes later. Bibi has to be one of my top five leading female characters OF ALL TIME. Seriously, she is up there with Jane Eyre; she simply ROCKS. She is creative and intelligent both of which make her a badass bookish heroine, and she really loves her dog. The story jumps around a bit from the present where Bibi is in her early twenties to her childhood. Very early on something catastrophic happens to Bibi and so begins the adventure that leads Bibi around California in search of a girl by the name of Ashley Bell.

Bibi as a character is easily the center of attention, but some of the other characters are just as stellar. Pax, Bibi's fiance is honestly not in the story that much, but the pages he is on bring to light a dynamic, captivating, and thoroughly intriguing gentleman, who also happens to be a Navy SEAL. Pogo, the brother from another mother, is a great example of a kind and honest friend. I truly loved that this book was filled with so many people who seem genuinely good-natured. Often I find that books are required to have an overload of turmoil between various characters, and it was nice to see a book where all the family and friends where pulling together and had respect for each other.

At about 70% through the book, a mind-blowing development is made, and the talent with which Dean Koontz writes becomes crystal clear. This author not only manages to keep a pivotal aspect of the story secret, he does it with such finesse that I was not even suspect of the situation. This is one of the very few books where I had not perceived the turning point that would occur, and I'm a smart reader. It is mind-boggling to me how talented Mr. Koontz is in creating tension and wonder during the story without "turning on the lights" until the exact right moment. I will be honest, I've not read many Dean Koontz books, nor have I ever considered myself a fan. After reading Ashley Bell, that has all changed. I will be seeking further books and anticipating new novels with delight.

As I stated from the beginning, I beg you to go get this book.

Full reviews available at: http://www.thebookendfamily.weebly.co...
 
I have been a Koontz fan since childhood and while this book was creative, it ran to bizarre. His mind is still so vivid with his characters but the storyline took such a sharp dive into fantasy that I'm not sure where it went wrong. I'm not going to spoil this for anyone but the last few chapters to me didn't really make much sense. I loved the odd Thomas books but this book was too far out into fantasyland that eventually I found myself becoming bored. I still don't understand that ending. So it's a fence book. Not sure where to go.
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"At twenty-two, Bibi Blair's doctors tell her that she's dying. Two days later, she's impossibly cured. Fierce, funny, dauntless, she becomes obsessed with the idea that she was spared because she is meant to save someone else. Someone named Ashley Bell. This proves to be a dangerous idea. Searching for Ashley Bell, ricocheting through a Southern California landscape that proves strange and malevolent in the extreme, Bibi is plunged into a world of crime and conspiracy, following a trail of mysteries that become more sinister and tangled with every twisting turn"--

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