Ashley Bell

Ashley BellAshley Bell by Dean Koontz
Genres: Supernatural, Suspense
Published by Bantam on December 8, 2015
Pages: 576

 

About Ashley Bell (from the back cover):
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.

 

I don’t often read Dean Koontz, but every time I do, I wonder why I don’t read more.  His imagination and creativity are amazing and his storytelling style is both captivating and easy to read.  While all these elements are present in Ashley Bell and overall I enjoyed the story, there are still a few parts that I can’t decide if I liked are not.

Deen Koontz’s imagination and creativity are amazing and his storytelling style is both captivating and easy to read.

Bibi is a fun character with a rich, complex backstory.  She’s spunky without annoyance and quite the valiant girl she believes herself to be.  I loved following her journey and discovering bits and pieces about her character as she unraveled her past.  The supporting characters of Nancy, Murph, Pax, and Pogo are equally enjoyable, but the star is the long deceased Captain.  I adored him!  Though the reader gets to know him mainly through Bibi’s memories, he’s just as alive as if he were an active participant in the current events.

Bibi is a fun character with a rich, complex backstory.  She’s spunky without annoyance and quite the valiant girl she believes herself to be.

This is a really complex story and I’m not completely sure I can fully appreciate its complexity.  There are parts that I don’t particularly like, but I think that’s because I don’t completely get it.  Or maybe it is because I’m not a highly creative person, and therefore can’t truly relate to certain aspects of this book.  Regardless, I do appreciate the imagination and creativity that went into to creating this story.

There is a great deal of imagination, creativity, and vivid details worked into this story.  Personally, I’ll never look at gingerbread men the same.  Some images never go away. 🙂  Additionally, I love supernatural elements and particularly enjoyed how Mr. Koontz wove them into Ashley Bell.  Again, details and creativity dominate this book and it really makes the supernatural pop off the pages.

This is a really complex story and I’m not completely sure I can fully appreciate its complexity.

Trying to write a review for Ashley Bell is fairly difficult; there is a minefield of spoilers I’d love to share, but will refrain from doing so.  This book would be a great one to set around discussing with friends or with a book club.  I imagine the discussions could be quite colorful as I can see some people not completely appreciating some of the twists and turns this story takes.  However, I personally enjoyed Ashley Bell.  Bibi is an incredibly fun character and honestly, I hope readers will get to see her again.

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