Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bibi Blair has a bright future. At 22 years old she is already a published author and living her dream. That is until her doctors tell her that she has less than a year to live … and then she is cured. She doesn’t know how a cancer can go from being symptomatic to remission in two days, but she isn’t going to spend too much time thinking about it. Through a series of odd circumstances she begins to believe that she has been spared a death by cancer in order to save a girl named Ashley Bell. As Bibi tries to discover who Ashley Bell is and what she can do to save her, she is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark world of criminals and conspiracies. Can she save Ashley Bell before she is killed herself? Was she really cured of cancer to possibly die another horrendous way?
Ashley Bell is the first book in what may be the next series penned by Dean Koontz. The story itself seems to be psychotic until the weaved together storylines begin to show themselves. The adventure is constantly changing, yet predictable and the ending felt forced in order to set up additional books. Although I gave it a 4 star status, it was more a 3.5+ star rating. I considered giving it a lower rating because there just seemed to be something missing from the bigger picture. It will be interesting to see where Koontz will go with these characters in the next novel.
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