Now, on to what I read this week:
Feb 19: “Ashley Bell” by Dean Koontz, a paranormal thriller at 560 pages. Blurb from book: 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 to 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. Here is an eloquent, riveting, brilliantly paced story with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious plot filled with staggering surprises. Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master. Literary suspense? Hmmm… This is definitely NOT a horror story, but it is paranormal. For a long book, it was a relatively fast read for me. I do have to say, I was a bit confused over the title. I was 130 pages into the book and nothing about Ashley Bell, just Bibi Blair. Now, I don’t normally read the blurbs on authors I regularly buy from (or gifted, as this one was), but this time I had to know why the book was titled Ashley Bell. If I had waited maybe another five to ten pages, I would have gotten to her name. Oh well… Another issue I had with this book was the voice. I’ve read all of the Odd Thomas books and this almost sounded like Odd Thomas was telling the story. I guess that happens when you read an author well, huh? I did love the twist there in the middle and it made me want to know more what the heck was going on. Overall, an enjoyable read.
Note to JeffO: Penguins play the Bruins tonight on NBCSN. Are you going to watch? I am! Go Pens!!
So… Have you had a taste of spring recently? It was a lovely day for a short walk yesterday. I look forward to the days I can take longer walks and not freeze! But I’m guessing it won’t be this week. It’s supposed to snow. Bugger!