“The Whispering Room”

whispering room“The Whispering Room” by Dean Koontz, is the second in the “Jane Hawk” series. The action and drama continue from “The Silent Corner,” but it is not necessary to have read the previous book before starting this one. Those who have not read the previous book can jump right in without any problem, however, this is the best book yet, so new readers will undoubtedly want to go back and read “The Silent Corner.”

Cora Gunderson walks through fire without being burned. “You’re dead already … They’ll know all about you in the whispering room.” Thus, it starts, and where will it end?

The book follows Jane Hawk and several additional characters on a frantic journey through a dangerous maze of deception, surveillance, and murder where technology collides with shadowy power brokers. It is wrong that Jane Hawk’s husband is dead and her only child is in jeopardy. Life has crushed her dreams as effectively as a junkyard hydraulic press crumples cars into compact cubes. She has a mission, a story to tell … a big one. To whom can she tell her story without sounding like a paranoid of the tin-foil hat variety? The conspiracy, the tragedy, and the impending doom, all loom large, and the solutions seem impossible. Who can be trusted on this frantic non-stop pursuit of justice and resolution? The chase is intense with all the action, violence, blood and death that readers should have anticipated, but the climax is one that most could not quite have imagined.

As always, the strength of this book is Koontz’s incredible use of language. Readers are immersed in every scene, every event, every problem, and every character all along the way. Example after example leap from every page. (I cannot help but include a few examples, somewhat abbreviated and out of context, and yet so characteristic of the rich, vivid, text in the book.) Readers watch the gossamer swatches of plastic film, inflated like miniature balloons. We observe forty or fifty robins soar with smooth flickering wingbeats, short glides, in an arc descending. We hear birds shriek as they a flock of prophets crying out an impending cataclysm.

I received an advanced copy of “The Whispering Room “from Dean Koontz, Random House Publishing Group, and NetGalley. I highly, highly recommend it; it is one of Koontz’s best. One caution, however, when you start this book, be sure you set aside time to finish, because you will not be able to put it down. The action, the incredible descriptions, and the complex characters, (the good, the bad, and the incredibly evil) will suck you in right from the start.