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.
My Rating: 3.5/5
**I would like to start off by saying that I received Ashley Bell by Dean Koontz for free via Random House Publishing in exchange for a review. Although I am super grateful and excited for any opportunity at receiving a book for free, I am also very strict with being honest. That being said, giveaways do not impact my reviews.**
I would like to start this review by pointing out that this is my first Dean Koontz book – ever. Being a first time reader of his, I was not left disappointed. This book was fun to read and I love the use of vocabulary. I was given plenty of new words without it taking away from the story. I can’t stand when author’s try to get to fancy with their words. This book starts off with the first 100 or so pages basically reiterating the jacket description. This is what makes this book so interesting because from there on in, you’re taken for a ride of dark turns and crazy loop-de-loops!
That being said, I’m kind of happy that I can’t quote this book being the copy I have is an ARC, otherwise half of what I’ve read would be quoted already! There were lots of clever/relatable moments that I think many people will agree with.
This book has short chapters – THANK YOU!! Sometimes when I read, I get interrupted – a lot. Sometimes I can’t read as much as I was planning. This makes for an easy put down and an even easier picker backer upper (? this makes sense in my brain lol) this allows me to always know where I leave off and remember what happened. I really can’t stand when I’m forced to stop in the middle of the chapter because the chapter is 40+ pages long. I usually have trouble finding where exactly I left off so I end up rereading several sentences and then once I find my place, it takes me a minute to remember why I’m reading what I’m reading as opposed to starting from the beginning of a new chapter and having it start anew or recap for me.
Not only did I love the chapter break downs, this book was written from multiple POVs jumping from adult Bibi to young Bibi to her husband Paxton…. which was done so well. It’s by no means confusing. It’s clear who you’re reading, whose perspective and you remember what happened the last time you read as them. Very well done as this can get confusing real fast and make for an unenjoyable read.
And not that this is relevant to the story but I enjoy the size of the book. It felt good holding it and added to my experience overall.
This book comes out tomorrow, 12/8/2015 and I HIGHLY suggest you grab it! Even if you’ve never read Dean Koontz like myself, get it. I will definitely be looking in to more of his work after this.
Happy Reading! xo
**FUN FACT: This picture was purposefully taken next to a Navy Ship (my husband’s in the Navy) – Bibi’s husband Pax is a Navy SEAL so it was only appropriate 🙂